The Stanford Virtual Host service lets you replace a long, unwieldy URL with one that is shorter and more descriptive of your website's content.
These virtual URLs help people remember how to get to your website and make it easier for them to type its URL into their browser. For example, a URL like emailcalendar.stanford.edu/ is easier to type and quicker to identify than uit.stanford.edu/service/emailcalendar.
The Virtual Host service is available only to departments, research groups, and university-recognized student organizations. Virtual URLs can not be linked to an individual's personal web page. See the Stanford.EDU Name Assignment Policy for full details.
Two types of virtual hosts are available:
- Vanity URLs (redirects) — the real URL of your website is displayed in the browser window after people arrive at your website.
- Proxy — the virtual URL stays in the browser window after people arrive at your website.
Stanford University IT (UIT) retired the Virtual Proxy Host service in October 2021. Subdomains using the proxy no longer redirect to their destination website. UIT’s Vanity URL service can be used to create and manage custom Stanford URLs to redirect your website traffic.