When you’ve logged into Trinity Domains, after you’ve set up your domain, you’ll be taken to the Dashboard (Technical interlude: the Dashboard is a piece of software called cPanel, which more than two decades old and extremely common.)
The Dashboard gives quick access to two things: nearly-one-button installation of many, many different types of web-based software (WordPress, Drupal, Omeka, Scalar, etc.), and insight into a variety of different options and settings for setting up your website.
The “APPLICATIONS” menu gives you quick access to four popular web applications, access to everything Installatron (cf.) knows how to install (“All Applications”), and anything you’ve already installed (“My Apps”).
Of course, you don’t have to install any applications at all–you can simply upload html files and create the most old-school of websites. There’s a lot of flexibility. But a lot of people like to use applications, and to learn about how they work.
WordPress, in addition to being an extremely popular web application (powering nearly 30% of the entire web and holding ~60% of content management system market share), is treated specially by the Dashboard in one important way: If you install WordPress on your subdomain, Dashboard knows how to log you in, and will do so automagically. It is not (yet) quite smart enough to do this with any of the other web applications, so if you install Omeka, Scalar, Grav, Drupal or anything else, you will have to manage logging in to that application yourself.
- Can I install more than one instance of any of these applications? (That is, can I have multiple separate WordPress blogs or Omeka installations?) YES
- How can I collaborate with other people? If you’ve installed WordPress, or Omeka, or anything else, you can use the dashboard of that application to add collaborators. (1. This means you have to give them usernames and passwords for the application. 2. This also means they don’t have to be Trinity folks, because those applications aren’t connected to Trinity in any way.)
To learn more about any application or aspect of administering a web domain:
First, we are updating these documents regularly, so do check back. And ask for help!
But second, this is an excellent opportunity to leverage Trinity’s subscription to Lynda.com, which has video-based courses on just about everything here. (Including, actually, poking around a Domain of One’s Own-hosted Dashboard!)