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Reclaiming with No Regrets

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Yesterday was like Christmas at Reclaim Hosting, we got a bunch of new art for the Reclaim Hosting aesthetic (it’s all about the aesthetic!) from the brilliant Bryan Mathers. We’ve been working together pretty regularly over the last 8 months for artwork for the Reclaim Hosting site, and I think we are hitting our stride. I think that we is a wee bit royal given Bryan is really carrying the load. He continues to blow my mind with how he translates meandering conversations into concrete visuals that really capture the spirit of who we are and what we do at Reclaim Hosting. I cannot recommend Bryan enough to anyone who is trying to imagine (or re-imagine) their image. Working with him these last months has been the most fun I have had in a long while.
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Reclaim Hosting Turns 3

Screenshot-2016-07-25-21.30.06-954x1024.pngEarlier today I was talking with my partner in crime Tim Owens about the fact that Reclaim Hosting turns 3 years old this week. I was under the impression it was July 28th for some reason, but turns out it was earlier than that. Tim sent along this article from the Chronicle dated July 25th, 2013 that formerly announced the launch of our little experiment. As an added bonus, Tim reminded me what our website looked like that summer care of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. Three years has gone pretty fast, and this fairly modest experiment has become part of a broader community of practitioners that want to reclaim the possibilities of the web for higher education and beyond. It’s been an awesome privilege to help folks stake their small claim on the web. And while waxing nostalgic about the spirit of Geocities, I am reminded thanks to a recent talk by rogue archivist Jason Scott (one of the handful of individuals who helped preserve the history of Geocities before Yahoo! deleted it) that the individual web we create and preserve is part and parcel of the digital culture we inhabit. To abdicate control and stewardship of that culture to those that would commodify and then wantonly discard every last bit of it (see Yahoo! and Geocities above) is a serious cultural problem. And we can only count on folks like Jason Scott and the patron saints of the internet at the Archive to a certain extent. It’s up to us to take responsibility for and make plans to preserve the integrity of the trails we blaze on the world wide web. Reclaim Hosting emerged as part of an educational community to make this easier and more affordable—that remains the mission. Avanti!

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Updating WHOIS Contact Information

What is WHOIS?

Pronounced as the phrase who is, this system’s sole purpose is to ask the following question: who is responsible for an IP address or domain name?

Upon signing up for a domain, you must provide some general information about yourself like name, address, phone number and email. This is referred to as your WHOIS data. It is managed by domain registrars and used to identify you with whatever domain you’ve just recently purchased.

Who can see my contact information, and how can I protect it?

All registrars are required make WHOIS data open to the public. Anyone anywhere can search the WHOIS database through any search engine to learn the registered name holder of a domain. To try it out for yourself, head to who.is and search a domain name. For instance, searching facebook.com brings up the following information:

Most can agree that they would prefer not to have their home address posted on the Internet for all to see. Not to worry, there is a way to cloak your identity while still providing valid contact information for the WHOIS database.

Updating WHOIS Contact Information

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Generating a Backup of Your Reclaim Site

Just recently added this guide to our support docs, so I thought I would share it here as well.

Reclaim Hosting holds onto nightly backups of your website for up to thirty days. This provides insurance for users who are looking to experiment with their site without fear of losing their content. While reaching out to Reclaim Support for a full backup is always an option, this quick tutorial explains how you can generate one yourself right within your cPanel:

1) Log into cPanel.

2) Head to the Files section of cPanel, click on the Backup icon.

3) Under Full Backup, click Generate/ Download a Full Website Backup.

Generating a Backup of Your Reclaim Site

4) On the next page, select the Home Directory option from the Backup Destination drop-down menu.

5) For Email Address, select whether or not you wish to receive an email notification once the backup is complete. (You may also change the notification email address in the provided field if you wish.) Click Generate Backup.

Generating a Backup of Your Reclaim Site

It’s as simple as that, folks!

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Reclaim the CSS Animation

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Reclaim the CSS AnimationReclaim the CSS Animation

It’s been a bit quiet around here recently. Between flying relatively solo on Reclaim Hosting support last week and fitting in some vacation time as well I’ve been fairly busy. That said, I’ve been meaning to play around with CSS animation thanks to Tom Woodward’s post last month featuring beer bubbles. And after talking with Bryan Mathers about more seamless animation of the artwork illustrating the shared hosting packages, playing with the CSS sample Tom shared was high on my to-do list. Bryan Mathers also did a really cool record animation for spinning up apps that I wanted to incorporate on the site somehow.

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