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Throw Out The Manual



Rip off the tags, unscrew the bottom, and throw out the manual. Because there's nothing duller than following the rules.



 



Site Building with WordPress and Elementor

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:45:42 GMT

One of the biggest challenges for folks new to building a website with WordPress is that it feels very much like writing/blogging software out of the box. Yes, you can create pages, but as soon as you want to structure information in columns or do anything more complex than


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Ansible and Configuration Management at Reclaim Hosting

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:48:33 GMT

When we started Reclaim Hosting it was with a lot of hopes and dreams and a single server. Hard to believe we only had a single server to manage for the first ~8 months of Reclaim's existence (and Hippie Hosting was always so small that it always only had a


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Getting to Know Scalar

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:56:39 GMT

All of us at Reclaim are preparing to host our second Domain of One's Own Workshop here in Fredericksburg, Virginia next week. While some of the curriculum from our first iteration will be used again to train system administrators on the essentials to managing their programs (cPanel, WHM, WHMCS basics


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Failed DNS Lookups for Wildcard Subdomain WordPress Multisite

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 21:10:33 GMT

I ran into an issue yesterday that had me completely stumped and I had to pull in cPanel support for a second pair of eyes (and of course they fixed the issue in record speed). A customer had asked me to help them convert standalone WordPress to a Multisite. I




Google Hangouts for Presentation Recordings

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:42:22 GMT

I've been involved in some capacity with the Virginia Society for Technology in Education for almost 8 years having served on the Board of Directors as well as the Conference Committee and continue to handle a lot of the web development work for them. For last year's conference I served


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Archiving the Digital

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:30:39 GMT

I'm sure I'm not alone in having grown up in a household that had shelves dedicated to all shape and size of photo albums. The crinkle of plastic that covered each page holding the photos in place, the yellowing of the images over time, the curation of which photos were


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Humble Homebrew Beginnings

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:32:39 GMT

I've been digging the craft beer scene for the better part of 18 months now (to the detriment of my waistline alas). We are spoiled in Fredericksburg with 8 different breweries in the area. I'm a mug club member and regular at Maltese Brewing which is run by firefighters and


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SSL Everywhere (Again)

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:28:00 GMT

It's almost hard to believe it's only been 2 years since Let's Encrypt came out of beta and began providing SSL Certificates to the general public. I wrote a post at the time calling it a turning point for the web, but cPanel support was pretty much non-existent. Since then




Patching Meltdown and Spectre

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:50:20 GMT

Seems like every 1-2 years we get a major security scare in the form of a global exploit that effects server infrastructure in some fashion and requires a response. We've had Heartbleed, Poodle, Shellshock (who comes up with these names anyway?). 2018 didn't wait long to bring us that gift


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Search and Replace within HTML files

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:34:03 GMT

This is a quick writeup of a challenge I ran into yesterday on a support ticket that I figured worth documenting here. Someone was moving an account to a new server and had setup a development URL to test all the files. After uploading them things seemed to work somewhat




Beyond LAMP

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:31:29 GMT

Since Reclaim Hosting was founded in 2013, cPanel and the traditional "LAMP" stack have been at its core. LAMP is an acronym for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP and some of the more familiar applications you love like WordPress and Omeka run that tech stack. This comes with its


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Blog Facelift

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:15:51 GMT

This week has been a bit of a return to the blog. It had started to become a running joke in the office that perhaps my posts should stop syndicating since things had gone stale around these parts. I may be off Twitter for good, but this thing is still


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Becoming a Spartan

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:31:14 GMT

Late summer of 2015 seems like a long time ago. That was when my wife and I, after purchasing a box of Krispie Kreme donuts, decided to join a local gym. I was skeptical that it would make a difference, but my wife insisted that we talk to a trainer


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Domains 2017 Conversation with Tom Woodward

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:26:50 GMT

This past Friday we had the pleasure of talking with Tom Woodward, Associate Director of Learning Innovation at the ALT Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University. Tom spearheads a lot of the faculty development work borne out of their massive (and I don't use that term lightly) and growing WordPress Multisite


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A New Venture

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 03:50:45 GMT

Ok now that the clickbait title is out of the way, stop freaking out. I'm still the Co-founder of Reclaim Hosting and have absolutely no plans for people to be rid of me so easily just yet. That being said, it was high time that I confessed to a new


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