Your sub-domain name should be: Short. You can choose up to 34 characters, but short names and single words are easier to remember. We recommend no more than 20 characters. Simple. The subdomain name should be your website's name. Legal. Spaces and special characters are not allowed. Remember also that domain names are NOT case sensitive. Relevant. For a taxonomic site, enter the highest taxon you will be working on, e.g. "diptera" or "britishdiptera". For a society site, enter the society's acronym, e.g. "bogsoc" or "windsoc".
An example sub-domain for a Scratchpad on mice/rats would be
muridae, which would give a Scratchpad URL of http://muridae.myspecies.info. Using your own domain
Users are more than welcome to purchase their own domain name for use with a Scratchpad. All that is required is that the domain name is pointed at our server quartz.nhm.ac.uk which has the IP address 188.8.131.52. If using your own domain name, the domain purchase should be completed before the Scratchpad application.
If you would like to use your own domain name, then enter the full domain name (without "http://").