Converting a Single WP Instance into a WP Multisite

Yesterday I had a user request that his WordPress blog was converted into a WordPress multisite. Totally doable, but unfortunately Installatron only has the “Easy Button” for a first-time installation, not an installation that already exists. (And nope, cloning won’t work either so don’t even bother.)

Transforming an existing install into a multisite is rather straightforward, but there are a few steps involved. Let’s do this:

Preparing +Installing a Multisite

You’ll need to start first by editing the local wp-config.php file for the install. This can be done straight from File Manager by going to the install directory, selecting wp-config.php and clicking edit. Copy/Paste the following lines into the wp-config.php file above the line that begins with “require_once(”

/* Multisite */
define( 'WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true );

Once you’ve added the lines, click save.

Now log into your WP dashboard, and deactivate all plugins. Plugins can be reactivated after the multisite switch has been made.

Go to Tools>Network Setup.

Edit the Network Title & Admin Email address if need be, and then click install. You’ll then be given a set of instructions that are pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll go ahead and walk them through here as well!

Editing .htaccess + wp-config.php

Go back to the editing window of your wp-config.php file. Copy/Paste the following code above the line that says /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */ Replace yourdomain.com with your domain.

define('MULTISITE', true);
define('SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL', true);
define('DOMAIN_CURRENT_SITE', 'yourdomain.com');
define('PATH_CURRENT_SITE', '/');
define('SITE_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1);
define('BLOG_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1);

Once you’ve added the lines, click save.

We’re now going to edit the local .htaccess file. This file is considered a hidden file in your File Manager, so if you’re not seeing it right off the bat, go to Settings in the top right corner, check Show Hidden Files, and click save.

Now open the editing window of the .htaccess file in the corresponding directory of the domain you’re working with. Add the following code, replacing all existing WordPress rules.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]

# add a trailing slash to /wp-admin
RewriteRule ^wp-admin$ wp-admin/ [R=301,L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^ - [L]
RewriteRule ^(wp-(content|admin|includes).*) $1 [L]
RewriteRule ^(.*\.php)$ $1 [L]
RewriteRule . index.php [L]

Once you’ve added the lines, click save.

Adding a Wildcard Subdomain

In a non-Multisite scenario, creating an additional WordPress site involves installing the WP app, but also making sure that the location (i.e. subdomain or addon domain) has been created beforehand. There’s that extra step where you have to tell your cPanel where you’ll be installing WordPress before you actually do it.

A WordPress Multisite is self-service in the sense that you can create a WordPress site straight from the WP Multisite dashboard without dealing with other aspects of the cPanel. To achieve this, however, you have to tell your cPanel right from the get go: “Hey, I’ll be adding subdomains. I’m not sure what they are yet, so just accept all future subdomains that I create.” This is accomplished by creating a wildcard subdomain in your account.

From your cPanel, go to the Domains section and click on Subdomains.

 

  1. In the subdomain section, type an asterisk.
  2. In the domain section, select yourdomain.com from the drop-down menu
  3. Change the document root to match the directory of yourdomain.com
  4. Click create.

The last step

We’re almost there! You’ll need to Log out/Log back into your WP Multisite. Reactivate your plugins. Boom diggity.

Installatron: Import From a Different Account

Occasionally we’ll get support requests where the user wants to move (i.e. clone) content from one website to another website, and it just so happens that those domains are not on the same hosting account.

(As a refresher, domains within the same hosting account/cPanel can be cloned between each other pretty easily by using Installatron’s Cloning Feature.)

The following post is about cloning sites that are not on the same cPanel but still coexist on the same server.

We get a lot of requests that deal with WordPress instances, so that’s what I’ll work with below. originaldomain.com will represent ‘point A’, or where the content currently is, and newdomain.com will represent ‘point B’, or where the content is being moved.

To begin, log into the newdomain.com cPanel & click WordPress under the Applications section.

Click the drop-down arrow on the right and click Import Existing Install.

On the following page, click Continue under the From Different Account section. (Clicking continue under From This Account will allow you to pull in an already existing instance from your own cPanel File Manager.)

  1. Enter the URL of the original domain. Make sure to include http:// at the beginning. This page is super picky!
  2. Select SSH, though FTP should work too. (Port will change depending on this selection.)
  3. Type the server address of the server that both websites are on.
  4. Enter the FTP/cPanel Username of originaldomain.com
  5. Enter the FTP/cPanel Password of originaldomain.com

6. Type the exact directory path of the WordPress instance. (For example: if your WordPress instance is sitting on originaldomain.com/super-cool-site, your directory path should be public_html/super-cool-site. That said, the directory path can be manually changed, so if you’re getting an error make sure you double check that your directory path is correct.
7. Enter the URL of the new domain.
8. Optional: add an additional directory. (i.e. newdomain.com/blog)
9. Select Automatically create a new database for the installed application.
10. Click Import.

That should be it! If your information is correct, you should see the site begin to clone over like normal. If you miss a step, have an extra space or get the directory path wrong, you’ll get a very misleading error. :)

Happy importing!

Domains Dinner: Get-Togetherness

I hesitated even writing this post. It’s just about one itty bitty detail of the Domains 17 conference. A detail that is normally overlooked or tossed to the side as “free time”. But the more I think about it, I want to actually address something I’m rather passionate about. I call it get-togetherness.

At conferences and larger group events that I’ve attended in the past, meal time is pretty open-ended. That is, if there’s no large banquet or buffet-style group meal, attendees are generally left to fend for themselves. And when you have folks that are coming in from out of town and aren’t familiar with the area, I’m not sure if this is the best way to go about it. Now it’s absolutely possible that this has only been my personal experience, but the most organization I’ve seen is a nonchalant “hey we’re headed here…feel free to join us” at then end of a presentation, or everyone DM-ing each other on Twitter to tag along to “the group” dinner. Which can be fine in some circumstances, but has the potential to overwhelm restaurants, or leave out those who may have used old-fashioned methods to make their dinner plans.

I’ve decided to give folks a little more guidance for Domains 17. Nothing mandatory, but the offer will be there. I want to be able to say, “we’ve done the bulk of the work for you– these restaurants all have great reviews, are super close to the venue, and won’t break the bank“. So that’s what’s going to happen!

With the help of Adam‘s on-the-ground-floor expertise, we have put together a list of restaurants. I have called them all in advance and have made a reservation for 10 at each place. On the first afternoon of the conference, we’ll put out whiteboards with each restaurant listed. People can choose to sign up wherever they’d like to go, while roughly observing the 10 person headcount.

Besides the already discussed benefits to this, my hope is that it will encourage a further sense of community & get-togetherness. My hope is that folks from the same schools will feel like they can branch out and, (pulling in an appropriate metaphor here), go sit at another lunch table. Again, there have been moments at past conferences where I would have happily done this if there had been a guarantee that I wouldn’t be showing up to a restaurant and having dinner alone.

So anyway, that’s my little spiel for the day. Check out the list of restaurants below, and get pumped! They’re all unique, all amazing, and have something for all taste buds. (Restaurant descriptions pulled from corresponding websites.)

S & B’s Burger Joint • 20 NW 9th St

Fresh, gourmet burgers and sliders. Full-service bar with unique Bloody Mary’s, over 65 beers, hand-dipped milkshakes, homemade pies, beer floats, soda floats. View Full Menu.

Iguana Mexican Grill • 9 NW 9th St

Urban core and authentic Mexican & Tex-Mex Restaurant. Fresh, from scratch, every day. View Full Menu.

Packard’s New American Kitchen • 201 NW 10th St

Located in the original 1920’s Packard Automobile showroom. Unique features are offered daily during lunch and dinner as well as changing freshly baked bread, veggie, and cheese boards. Packard’s offers seasonal craft cocktails, unique local beers, a carefully curated wine list, and an eclectic food menu. View Full Menu.

Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes • 1000 N Hudson Ave

Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes is named after the Barrios family, who is the cornerstone of all of A Good Egg Dining Group’s restaurants. Pull up a seat on the patio & enjoy fine, fresh, made-with-love Mexican food. View Full Menu.

FLINT • 15 N Robinson Avenue

The Patio at FLINT is the quintessential Oklahoma City outdoor affair. The outdoor patio offers comfortable seating, fire pit, sunset views, walk-up service outdoor bar, & seasonally inspired cocktails. Inside seating available. View Full Menu.

Fassler Hall • 421 NW 10th St

Fassler Hall, a popular Tulsa beer garden, now has a second home in Oklahoma City’s Midtown. German gem is known for its German beer and live entertainment. View Full Menu.

James E. McNellie’s Pub • 1100 Classen Dr

Feature menus with fresh, reasonably priced food and an atmosphere that is ideal for everyone. The pub has a great selection of hard-to-find draught and bottled beers (350 at last count), plus great collections of single malt scotches. View Full Menu.

Louies Grill & Bar • 1215 N Walker Ave

Louie’s is a casual American-fare grill and pub. It serves a variety of mid-priced food and beverages in a come-as-you-are atmosphere. Louie’s is positioned as a neighborhood restaurant with strategically placed flat screen televisions featuring your favorite regional sporting events. View Full Menu.

CoWork Fredericksburg


CoWork Fredericksburg is officially up and running now, and I even have a tweet to prove it!

This is a big day for us at Reclaim Hosting given two short years ago Tim Owens and I were working in UMW’s newly minted Convergence Center, doing Reclaim off the side of our desk, and dreaming one day of having a space of our own. Well, today that’s come to pass, and the CoWork Fredericksburg “Our Story” page says it all:

Founded in 2013, Reclaim Hosting provides web hosting support for individuals and institutions that want to build out spaces online for personal portfolios, digital projects, and more. In January 2016, we were invited to speak at an Open Coffee event held at The Foundry, a local coworking space in Fredericksburg, Va. The Foundry was created by a non-profit group called FredXchange, with a mission to build a startup culture that encouraged community and collaboration.

As Reclaim Hosting grew, the need for some kind of dedicated office environment was a growing concern. But we didn’t want just any office– we wanted a space where we could also work alongside the community, invite them in, and collaborate. Just like The Foundry. As months passed, we became increasingly aware that The Foundry would be a perfect home base. So in December of 2016, we decided to take the plunge and make The Foundry our new home.

We’ve given the space a new name, a fresh coat of paint (to say the least), and a new website. After months of renovations and remodeling, we opened our doors as CoWork Fredericksburg in May 2017. We’re committed to building the community that FredXchange began, and we sure do hope that you’ll join us on this journey.

The space is pretty awesome if I must say so myself. A large, warehouse feel for the main working area with a class enclosed conference room, and a media/private office ticked away in the back. What’s cool is that we basically designed the whole thing on-the-fly, a telephone booth from Ebay here, shelving from Etsy there, farm table from local furniture store, etc. Tim and Lauren Brumfield did the lion’s share of the design and on-the-ground work, and I’m truly blown away by how good it looks from afar. I’ll be there in just over a week, and will be able to enjoy it IRL. 

The idea is to have a community of co-workers use the space, and given we have priced it pretty affordably ($20/day or $75/month) we are thinking there will be a fair amount of takers. The nice thing is that if it covers our overhead for the space we are already ahead of the game, and anything more than that is a bonus. So in this regard it’s not like we are depending on the space for ends meet. This frees us up to have some fun and experiment with the space, and not be solely driven by a bottom line, a laboratory of sorts.  

Now that the getting CoWork up and running is pretty much done, one of the ideas I’ve been playing with is converting the storefront portion of the other half of the space, which will soon be empty, into a video rental store. In my imagination at least, it will be a fully operational 1980s VHS video rental store that will rent VHS tapes and VCRs.  It will be called Reclaim Video, and I’ll run it remotely from Italy. I’ll have erratic store hours that I run on the web, some kind of Dr. Oblivion like telepresence, and everything will work of a kinda of barter system.  I like the idea of automating most everything, yet still being remotely present.  I’m imagining it as an installation along the lines of the UMW Console, and I love the idea of having a bizarre presence in the space from 5000 miles away. Anyway, it’s still just germinating as a kinda of crazy idea, but I do think it would be fairly simple to do on the cheap, and it might really be fun. So, if I can convince Tim and Lauren, you may be reading more about my new job as video store proprietor, a growth field for sure!

The Dead Moocmen at Domains 17

It’s all but official, on the night of Monday, June 5th a 9:30 PM, the Dead Moocmen will be performing live as part of the Domains 17 conference. I would like to say it was smooth process get them to agree, but I can’t. After reaching out to them many, many months ago, their A&R person just got back to us last week with a ridiculous backstage rider.  Here is just a taste to give you a sense of what we are up against:

After some stiff negotiations we got them to settle for 25 pizzas and a 6-pack of FROYO instead of the California Coolers. You can read the whole rider here, but trust me it is not pretty. In fact, to offset some of the costs we had to dig deep and get shirts and stickers made so Reclaim Hosting doesn’t go totally bust in trying to land these titans of ed-tech punk rock. I mean we’re not Canvas over here, it’s not like we can just call up M.C. Hammer ? 

 

If someone said my ulterior motive for this whole conference was getting a ragtag band of ed-tech together to hack out some punk rock, I’m not sure I could entirely deny it. It promises to be loud and raucous, so bring your earplugs along with some over ripe tomatoes ? The conference has filled out nicely, and we have an amazing line-up of events and speakers on both Monday and Tuesday. We finalize the numbers on May 30th, so if you were still on the fence, here is your last chance link to register. If not, we’ll see you on the #ds106radio!

N.B. – You probably noticed from the artwork we went to the Bryan Mathers well of remixed creativity yet again, and I am hoping to get a poster for the gig out of him sometime soon. 

We’ve been busy at Reclaim Hosting


Lauren wrote a nice breakdown of the various projects we’ve been working on at Reclaim Hosting over the last 6 months. It’s cool to see them all detailed in one place, the big three are as follows:

CoWork – we took over and renovated a co-working office space in Fredericksburg starting in December, and that is now open and fully operational. The space looks amazing (as does the website), and what’s crazy is that the entire design process was all Reclaim and quite a Frankenstein creation—and it turned out gorgeously. 

I’m really excited to get back to Fredericksburg in 10 days or so that I can work out of the space in the flesh. What’s cool about CoWork is that it is a realization of something Tim and I were dreaming about while still working at UMW’s Convergence Center-a work space of our own. Just two short years later we made it happen

Domains 2017 – We are running a conference in Oklahoma City on June 5th and 6th, which is only two weeks away now. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to throw a party like this in fear no one will come, especially given it’s the first time. That said, when has our community ever let us down? EVER?! Folks are locked in, and this is happening in a big way. We have closed official registration, but if you still want to come and are alright with the possibility of not getting an awesome shirt you can still register on the downlow here. The drop-dead registration date is May 30th given we have to give the hotel a final head count then, so this is a special link for all you fine bava readers. Some other special things about Domains 2017 is that we’re brining in a very special ds106 DJ for the Domains Fair, and various conference functions and after parties ? More details on that forthcoming.

Additionally, after drawn-out negotiations, untenable requests, and a generally demanding artist scenario – we’re thrilled to announce infamous ed-tech punk rock legends The Dead Moocmen have agreed to perform live on Monday night. I’ll be writing more extensively about this, but I could not be more thrilled at the prospect. And as always, thanks to Bryan Mathers for the lightening fast turn around on the art request. It will help us with The Dead Moocmen swag we’ll need to convince folks to donate to the cause in order to offset the band’s ridiculous drink demands during the gig. Bring your lunch money to the show ?

Rockaway Hosting – we quietly opened up a second hosting company earlier this month. The reasoning behind this was pretty simple, we wanted to be able to keep Reclaim Hosting focused on education and affordable for faculty and students alike. And given the word was getting out about us, we were beginning to have a good number of people who wanted to host with us, but needed more resources, a service level agreement, and business-level support that were not necessarily education specific. So, this was a nice solution for us, create Rockaway so we can point folks there that need more than what we offer through Reclaim without confusing the two. 

All that said, between the office and the conference we have not had much time to push Rockaway too hard, which is kinda of nice given we really don’t have to. We’d like to see this organically grow based on need, and that really only happens if we continue to provide the experience folks have come to expect at Reclaim.

Meredith FierroAnother development this semester I’ve yet to discuss on this blog—which is a sign I’m slipping—is that we had our very first intern this Spring. Newly minted UMW graduate Meredith Fierro interned with us as part of her Digital Media Studies major. She even blogged about her internship, and we were truly blown away at how ready and willing she was to throw herself into the support game from day 1. She worked twice a week for ten weeks, and when the internship ended Tim and I quickly offered her full-time job starting this June. In fact, hiring Meredith was not only cool on a personal level given she was part of the True Crime freshman seminar Paul Bond and I ran back in Fall 2013 (her first semester!),  but she was also a ds106er and worked as a tutor at UMW’s Digital Knowledge Center. She is eminently qualified for the work, and her time as an intern proved that she fits in perfectly. I’m sure Martha Burtis would concur that Meredith’s path through UMW represents a unique cross-section of all the ways UMW students are exposed to the digital liberal arts as part of their journey, and Reclaim is thrilled to benefit from all that good work. Welcome Meredith!

So, in short, the last 6 months just further reinforces how awesome Reclaim Hosting is in every way. Back in October, coming off an great Reclaim week in Portland, Oregon, Tim and I sat in a bar in Fredericksburg and mapped out a plan for the coming year: office space, conference and an additional hire (Rockaway was not something we were seriously considering yet). We did everything we set out to do for 2017 and more so far, and this has been my experience working with Tim on Reclaim Hosting in general—we get the things we say we will do done, and quickly. What’s more, while doing them, we try not forget the good people who got us here. So far, 2017 has been all about investing back in Reclaim to ensure we maintain the amazing experience folks have come to expect, while keeping it fresh and providing a space we can operate from. I could not be more thrilled with what we have all accomplished thus far, and in some ways Domains 2017 will be a celebration of all that and more! Thanks folks for believing in us, we love you!

We Like to Wear Hats: Overview of Projects

You may or may not have noticed, but I’ve given this site a little facelift! I’m hoping that it will give me the motivation to blog more often. ;)

I’ve been in a huge period of transition over the last month. Flying home from an 8-week stay in Madrid, pulling my stuff out of storage & moving it to Fredericksburg, unpacking & purging everything, attending multiple graduations & birthday celebrations for family and friends, and switching from a remote to office schedule. << I realize that’s a bit of a run-on sentence, but my entire life has felt like a run-on sentence! May and June are always crazy busy, am I right?

Having said that, I have never felt more connected to my job than I do now. I wear many hats, and my title as Operations Manager feels truer than ever.

As mentioned above, I moved back to Fredericksburg so I could be on the ground floor of something really cool called CoWork Fredericksburg. I’ve blogged a few times about this, but here’s the scoop: At the end of last year, Reclaim Hosting took over a seriously out of date coworking/office space. Over the last few months, we’ve broken down walls, ripped up floors & lifted ceilings. We’ve rebranded and are now opening the space back up to the public in a soft launch. My primary roles with this project have included helping with making a lot of the design decisions for the space, building out CoWorkFXBG.com, and working alongside Tim to set up furniture, chat with new members, and manage our social media accounts & membership software.

We’ve actually joked on several occasions while in the middle of ripping up carpet or moving a ridiculously heavy table by sarcastically saying the following phrase: ‘This will be a low-key computer job,’ they said.

I think I can speak for Jim & Tim here too when I say that it has been so fun to watch the space transform. We will have plans to add artwork, a completely renovated kitchenette, more lounge furniture, and another screen for larger presentations. We want to add lockers for members to store their belongings, and vintage p.o. boxes so we can receive mail for them as well. But for now, the important stuff is here and that feels good: countless desks, a large (gorgeous) custom farm table & laptop bar set from Frasier Wood Elements,  a vintage phone booth, the cutest little succulents, and plenty of snazzy tech gadgets. This is where I’ve started coming to work every day, and I count myself pretty lucky.

When I’m not taking care of my Reclaim or CoWork to-do lists, I’ve been spending a large chunk of my time planning for the Domains 17 Conference that’s taking place at the beginning of June. All the behind the scenes details like catering, liability insurance, furniture setups, security regulations, t-shirts, website & twitter management, travel & room reservations– I’m your gal.

I’ve planned for conferences & events in the past, but nothing of this magnitude. We’ll have roughly 80 attendees when its all said and done, and I can’t wait! It has been a brilliant challenge so far, and I owe a great deal of my organizing to Asana. I honestly feel like my master to-do list in my Asana project is my most prized possession at the moment. Haha!

The other big project that Reclaim Hosting has taken on in the last couple months is our new sister hosting company, Rockaway Hosting. Since both CoWork and Domains17 come with a “here and now” mentality while Rockaway sort of runs itself, it has been put on the backburner in a lot of ways. But that doesn’t make it any less important or awesome! While Reclaim Hosting tailors to the needs of educational institutions, faculty & students, Rockaway was born out of meeting the needs of the non-educational folks. We kept large businesses and organizations in mind when creating the hosting plans. Rockaway offers SLA agreements, phone support, and video training. While the infrastructure remains entirely the same on our end, Rockaway is priced per month instead of Reclaim’s annual renewals to accommodate for the ebb & flow of a business.

I was able to build out the Rockaway site with the incredible help of Bryan Mathers‘ artwork. (His art is actually on the sites for Domains 17 & Reclaim Hosting as well. If you can’t tell, we love him.)

In what free time I do have, Tim has been teaching me different SSH commands. You have to remember that I’m an English major turned full geek, and all geekdom has been brought on my own personal doing or Reclaim’s doing. I currently know just enough about SSH that I know how much I don’t know. Does that make sense? I find logging into the servers via SSH on the terminal so completely fascinating. I’ve been introduced to a new world– a new challenge to conquer! Tim works at lightspeed using SSH, so that’s where I’m setting the bar. (#LOL)

I suppose the last (but definitely not least) item worth mentioning is that Reclaim Hosting is soon to be bringing on a new member to the team! Meredith Fierro just graduated from the University of Mary Washington this past weekend and spent the last semester of her senior year interning with us. She blogged about her experiences here! Meredith will be joining us in OKC for the Domains conference, and then begin her position at Reclaim in mid-June.

Good stuff all around, and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

Make Some Noise

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a conversation I had with Bryan Mathers at OER17 regarding the new default splash page for new accounts on Reclaim Hosting. I got so taken away with Bryan’s Dali take on Reclaim that I forgot what we originally talked about: namely a turntable letting folks know their site works and they can login and “Make Some Noise.”

Awesome, right? And Bryan even animated the image, which we are working on integrating for all new shared hosting accounts on Reclaim. 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, imagining the whole Reclaim aesthetic (not to mention the Rockaway Hosting aesthetic) has been the most fun I have had in a long while. It just keeps on making me smile.

Wrapping Up as an Intern

Well as this semester is wrapping up, I just wanted to write a reflection of my time at Reclaim Hosting. It’s really weird to talk about as the last weeks of my undergraduate finishing up. It still hasn’t officially hit me yet that I’m graduating in May. But things are finalizing all over the place, I just had my last classes and I’ve got a job lined up! I’ve officially accepted a position to stay on the team at Reclaim! I start in June, so I have a little time to enjoy my summer and it will be exciting to move back up to Fredericksburg.

Enough chatter though! Time to get into it. Not too much has been going on. I was still working on documentation for the new company the team has started called Rockaway Hosting (I’ll talk a little more about it in a little). I created a style guide to use with the new articles. Style guides are vital in technical writing. These articles are what the clients will look at if they have a problem. They keep the article flowing in a precise way so that the readers don’t spend too much time on the article. The goal of each article is to solve the client’s problem efficiently. The tricky thing too is that you want clients to stay on your website because they are more likely to click on more pages and posts. Luckily I didn’t have to write the articles, if I did, I would have no idea what to do. Most of the topics were written on topics I never really thought about until I started with Reclaim. But there was a major learning curve, and I actually used the articles to figure out what I needed to do. When I started to go through each article, I learned a lot about the different topics as well, because as I was combing through each article, I would go through the steps to make sure they were accurate. Unfortunately, I did not finish all of the articles, but that’s okay! I can continue going through them when I start in June.

I also wanted to talk about what I’ve learned throughout my time as an intern. For starters, I got to see what it was really like to be in a workplace. I’ve had summer lifeguarding jobs and most recently my job at the Digital Knowledge Center, but those helped me gain skills that I can put towards my career. They were a professional environment to some extent, but they are nothing like a real office space. Even though Reclaim is as casual as it gets, there is still a professional feeling to it that I hadn’t experienced while at my other jobs. I was given projects and I would work on my own. A lot of the time in my other jobs, I would work on projects with other people. This was such a change to start working by myself. I learned a lot about time management and staying away from online distractions.

I learned a ton about web hosting and a lot of components that go into it. It is really such an interesting field in technology. I never realized how intense web hosting is. There are a ton of moving parts, you have what the clients see and what the administrators see. There is a community forum used by the clients to search for help when they run into trouble. Of course, there’s the support side of things, which I have to say is the best part but I’m biased. It’s so fascinating to explore the ins an outs of webhosting, that field is really something I’ve come to enjoy.

So let’s talk about Rockaway Hosting! Jim wrote about it on his blog here (he explains it way better than I will). But Rockaway Hosting is the non-educational counterpart to Reclaim Hosting. Reclaim Hosting is mainly about Domain of One’s Own, which I’ve been involved with through Mary Washington since I started there in 2013. I’ve been working on a project for the program for my individual study, which you can read about here. So Reclaim has been all about educational web hosting. Now Rockaway is different to Reclaim in that it provides different hosting plans and support features for an additional fee. The company was still being built when I first started at the Reclaim, but it has grown so much to start a ‘soft-launch’ and hopefully, soon it will be fully operational! I’m really excited to see Reclaim growing!

But that’s it for me as an Intern! I’m really excited to join the Reclaim/Rockaway Team in June, I’m so fortunate to begin my career with them!