LA Roadshow Recap

10 days ago I was sitting in a room in Los Angeles with 12 other folks listening to Marie Selvanadin, Sundi Richard, and Adam Croom talk about work they’re doing with Domains, and it was good! That session was followed by Peter Sentz providing insight on how BYU Domains provides and supports top-level domains and hosting for over 10,000 users on their campus. And first thing that Friday morning Lauren and I kicked the day off by highlighting Tim Clarke’s awesome work with the Berg Builds community directory as well as Coventry Domains‘s full-blown frame for a curriculum around Domains with Coventry Learn. In fact, the first 3 hours of Day 2 were a powerful reminder of just how much amazing work is happening at the various schools that are providing the good old world wide web as platform to their academic communities. 

https://roadshow.reclaimhosting.com/LA/

All of the presenters that shared at the workshop provided a wide range of examples, and they were kind enough to provide both links and slides post-facto. I’m including them below along with some notes from our shared Google Doc of the panel session:

Panel on “Possibilities with Domains” featuring Marie Selvanadin (Georgetown), Sundi Richard (Davidson) and Adam Croom (OU Create):

Notes:

  • Why Domains? “..provides you with web hosting so that you can take ownership of your online presence, develop valuable digital skills and engage in open and connected learning practices that go beyond institutional boundaries.”
    • Digital Fluency 
    • Digital Identity
    • Digital Freedom
  • community.bergbuilds.domains
    • Community Directory
    • Lead with examples
  • Coventry.domains
  • Hosting.nyu.edu
    • Web Hosting vs. web publishing
  • Georgetown
    • Marie: Teaching and Learning Center
    • Cross campus collaboration using Domains
    • Learning, Design, and Technology
    • Flourishing in College and Community
  • Davidson College
    • Shared a bunch of examples of how domains is being used
    • Faculty: When we meet new faculty, we let all faculty know about domains
  • Oklahoma Create 
    • Webfest
    • Faculty development programs
    • The creaties
      • This highlights good sites and shows what good work looks like
      • It is a way to award people for good work
      • e-mail list of all users, send broad e-mail to seek for nominations
    • This week on OU create
      • Weekly blog on best of OU Create
      • Students lead this activity
    • OER: textbooks online

You can also see the full slides from Peter Sentz’s presentation which created over a year ago as a defense of the BYU Domains program over a year ago, and really intelligently frames the pros and cons of  running a domains program at scale, and what it requires. 

The afternoon of day 2 was spent diving into SPLOTs, which is becoming a cornerstone of our Roadshow sessions at this point. I love those tiny teaching tools more and more each time I share them with folks. Below are a few examples of SPLOTs that were shared during the show and tell, many of which were created in just a few minutes time as part of the workshop: talk about fast cheap, and out of control edtech!

SPLOTs Show & Tell:

One of the questions that came up during the SPLOT workshop is if there’s a SPLOT for podcasting, which reminded me of this post Adam Croom wrote a while back about his podcasting workflow: “My Podcasting Workflow with Amazon S3.” . We’re always on the look-out for new SPLOTs to bring to the Reclaim masses, and it would be cool to have an example that moves beyond WordPress just to make the point a SPLOT is not limited to WordPress (as much as we love it) —so maybe Adam and I can get the band back together 🙂

And that was just day 2!* In fact, the workshops are starting to take on a shape that seems to work. Day 1 is a deep-dive into the technical management of the Domain of One’s Own platform, which means we get in the weeds of how WordPress, WHMCS, and WHM all work together to automate the creation of cPanel accounts through a given campus’s single sign-on. Understanding the ins and outs of these systems takes training, and the workshops are one way to provide campus admins more dedicated instruction as they want to take over more responsibilities on the ground and be proficient with their web hosting environment. All that training has been compressed into day 1 (you can find much of the workshop documentation on our site), and day 2 is dedicated to sharing how various schools are approaching, supporting, and enabling work on their platforms. It’s a lot of fun to hear all the good work, and I think it is quite useful for re-invigorating folks given it takes a lot of time, attention, and care for a Domains program to take root and grow. 

Special thanks to all those folks who attended,  you can see the participants list here (it’s a SPLOT!) and given the success of this workshop (and last year’s at Skidmore College) we are currently planning on running another in the Philadelphia area for Spring 2020, so stay tuned!  


*I’m kind of exploring an in media res approach to this recap post because I am always experimenting 🙂

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The .Org Domain Racket

Breaking: Private Equity company acquires .Org registry

Tim Owens pointed me to this article about the .Org registry that reports not long after ICANN lifted price caps on .org domains the Public Interest Registry (which is controlled by the Internet Society) was bought by Ethos Capital, a recently formed private equity firm.* In other words, the .org top-level domain (TLD) is now controlled by a group that can charge as much as it wants, and given it’s private equity firm, chances are it will do just that. Why does this matter to me? Well, .Org domains are one of a few TLDs Reclaim Hosting provides for free as part of our shared hosting accounts, and frankly they’re already more expensive than .com, .net, and .info domains. So, with ICANN’s move to remove price caps it would make sense the other common TLDs will be following suit making it more and more difficult to provide affordable domains and hosting. Ultimately these costs get passed on to consumers given the pricing for domains in general is already quite steep. To give you a sense of this, we pay more than twice as much for domain registrations than we do for servers. In fact, besides payroll domain registrations are our single biggest cost. What’s more, we make next to no money on domains, and the more prices are inflated the harder and harder it is for us to swallow the costs given there’s already so little profit margin. It’ a shame to see ICANN go this route, and given the news of  cPanel’s being acquired by an equities firm as well over a year ago, it seems the hosting and domain world is being swallowed up by the investment banking world.


  • If you read the linked article you get a sense of how incestuous this whole deal seems:

Ethos Capital is a new private equity firm lead by Erik Brooks. Brooks was at Abry Partners until earlier this year. Abry Partners acquired Donuts and installed former ICANN President of Global Domains Akram Atallah in the top spot there.

Donuts co-founder Jon Nevett left to be CEO of Public Interest Registry.

The other person at Ethos is former ICANN Senior Vice President Abusitta-Ouri.

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The Future Perfect: Designing Reclaim Arcade

We will have built an arcade in Fredericksburg, Virginia by Spring 2020.

I have always sucked at grammar, but the future perfect tense finally makes sense to me. It indicates an action will have been completed at some point in the future, which is exactly the case for Reclaim Arcade. We officially announced our intentions with the arcade at the end of last month (check out the Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter–and like and subscribe for more!), but I was traveling much of the last 3 weeks so an update is in order given a lot has happened since the public announcement last month.

Visual aesthetic for Reclaim Arcade

Probably the biggest news is that last week Tim and I secured the funding we needed in the form of a bank loan to build a full blown 80s tech noir arcade to match our vision—which is bold! As you can see from the design reference points above, the arcade and bar will be inspired by a Blade Runner-esque aesthetic because the future is literally now!

We will have at least 30 taps of a wide variety of beer, cider, and wine, and 50+ arcade games and pinball machines. We’ve been working with a local design firm, Spaces, and we have settled on a floor plan and design that is pretty awesome.

We took one of the five plans Spaces provided us, and did some small modifications to get the above layout. You will enter the space through Reclaim Video (at the lower, left-hand corner of the above plan), and  there will be no major changes to that space, other than enlarging the passage to the back room, a couple of mounted 32″ and 27″ Sony Trinitron CRTs and a much needed decluttering or VHS kipple. This will be where we welcome folks, ID any one who wants an adult beverage, and hopefully rent a video or two 🙂 After that, folks will go into the back of Reclaim Video and be immediately presented with a glass-enclosed 80s living room, a la the UMW Console Living Room:

Image of the UMW Console Living Room

UMW’s Console Living room in March 2015

This space will be a reproduction of a 1980s living room that will hit folks coming into Reclaim Arcade for the first time like a diamond through the forehead. You can hang out in the space and play one of several 80s gaming consoles (including Atari 5200), watch TV on several of the OG networks (ideally mixed with localized commercials and news content), and/or play something on VHS, Betamax, or laserdisc from Reclaim Video. The space will be reservable for parties, and like the VHS store, it will be one of several time capsule installations throughout the space. Moving on from there you will go into the actual arcade which will feature 50+ games, the pinball will be along the other-side of the wall from the living room, and you squares and rectangles in the main space represent pinball machines and arcade cabinets. It’s a fairly large open space where we’re currently running CoWork, the main difference will be the removal of the conference room (that glass will be repurposed for the living room) and two additional bathrooms. There will also be several areas to sit and imbibe from the self-pouring taps, order some food from the kitchen, or choose from a wide variety of games to play. 

HP garage from the 1930s

Another cool feature of the space will be the 1930s garage jutting out the back of the building. It is currently office space, but it will be modeled on an exhibit I went to in the early 1990s at the LACMA that has stuck with me for 3 decades now. I have been unable to remember (or trace) the artist—I thought it was Edward Keinholz, but can’t find anything to back that up—but the installation may have been the best thing I ever saw. The artist re-created a 1930s garage, including the chirp of crickets, the smell of the past, and a ton of odd-ball screws, forgotten tools, and the necessary disarray. It will be kind of like the HP Garage museum that was considered the birthplace of Silicon Valley, but without all the venture capital 🙂  I see it as exposed 2 x 4s, a cement floor, as well as various tools hanging on the walls. The space (like all of them) will not simply be for show, rather it will have a garage door opening from within the main space and will be where we maintain and fix the various games that will inevitably break.

Animated GIF of Homer Simpson opening a garage door

We will also have an area designated for food preparation behind the wall of self-pouring taps, and there will be a service window for picking up food, snacks, etc. If you are still following along, you will notice that this is just two-thirds of the space, “What about the other third?”, you ask. Well, thanks for asking, the other third of the space to the right-hand side of the above plan, including the conference room towards the bottom middle, will be the Reclaim Hosting office. So, let’s think about this for a second. To the far right is Reclaim Video, then Reclaim Arcade, and finally Reclaim Hosting (the entity make all of this even possible). We will have everything in the strip mall save the Dentist office, it will truly be a beautiful thing to see all that Reclaim signage side-by-side!!! Anyway, you may have noticed in the floor plan above that the conference room will be connected to the arcade. As of now, the arcade’s hours will not overlap with work day for Reclaim Hosting, so we figured we could make the conference room a dual-purpose space that can work for private parties in the arcade as well as a conference room for our office space from 9-5. We have not really settled on a design fro the conference room just yet, so that will be fun to imagine, but I do think we have an idea or two for Reclaim Hosting’s office. I was chatting with Tim (that’s how all good ideas start) and floated the idea of designing the offices in the spirit of a 1970s server room. Basically get some storage furniture in the wall to the right and make it look like a full blown DEC VAX 11/780:

This is an aesthetic I have been a fan of for a long while, and the idea of reproducing something like this  (which will actually be storage) with a roaming terminal, some tape machines, and a few punch cards would be amazing. I was thinking we could even have some lab coats hanging around for the occasional office photo op 🙂 It will be pretty awesome for Reclaim Hosting to have its own office space finally, and the idea of hearkening back to another era of the internet and hosting might be a fun aesthetic and history to play with, but as of now this is still a pretty nascent idea—although ideas move pretty quick around Reclaim: if you will it, it is no dream!  

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Heavy Metal Parking Lot comes to Reclaim Video

The night before leaving Fredericksburg a pretty special treat was in store for me, I got to meet the other half of the duo that created the 1986 cult classic documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot (HMPL). For those keeping score, earlier this fall Miles and I got to see Jeff Krulik at the VHStival at Video Vortex in Raleigh, North Carolina who discussed the making of his film HMPL. We talked with Jeff after the session, and he put Tim Owens on the phone with his collaborator, John Heyn, who also lives in the Fredericksburg area. As it turns out, and not surprisingly, John is as awesome as Jeff, and was more than happy to meet with Tim and chat about his film last month. Fast forward to last Wednesday night, John came over to Reclaim Video to chat about HMPL and much more, as well as to show off some of the fan art folks have sent him over the years. Possibly the coolest VHS tape I have ever seen was amongst the treasures: a custom made HMPL VHS tape that not only had a zebra patterned tape in honor of Zebra-man:

IImage of Heavy Metal Parking Lot custom VHS tape

And the VHS case has a button that plays a sound byte from the film:

I even had enough foresight to grab a quick clip of John Heyn’s reaction to me pushing the partay button:

It was interesting to hear John discuss how the film has taken on a life of its own, and continues to appeal to new generations of fans. Also, they’re exploring the possibility of a feature film more than 30 years after the fact, which points the the lasting legacy of this 15 minute document of a mid-80s tailgate party leading up to a Judas Priest concert at the the now razed Capital Centre outside Washington DC. There is something special about capturing a time and place on film, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this one finds itself on the National Film Registry’s list of culturally significant films at some point in the future. What’s even cooler is that it was never in theaters, there was never anything resembling a distributor, publicist, etc. It was just a video that went viral in a pre-internet underground network of tape heads during the late 80s that steadily gained momentum over time thanks to the reproducibility of VHS. It’s an unlikely story of a classic whose distribution is in many ways unique to the medium of VHS–making the fact that John came to Reclaim Video to share his experience with us all the more special.

NB: While searching HMPL in Google I realized I actually blogged the film 10 years ago in 2019 when folks used to comment on just about anything I wrote (the golden years of the bava), and at that point I still hadn’t heard about the film, so don’t let me pretend I was an early adopter on this one 🙂

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Reclaim Arcade …. It’s Happening!

Tim has done all the heavy lifting on the announcement front via Facebook—and the response has been truly heartening. But I figured started to formally record the process on this little old bava blog was in order. Tim and I will be officially opening an old school 80s arcade in Fredericksburg, VA in Spring of 2020 which will be known as Reclaim Arcade. We even have a bitching icon/logo now:

It’s kind of wild to think a random trip to get a Centipede cabinet for CoWork a year and a half ago so quickly escalated to a full blown arcade. But I am so glad it has! I just got down locking in a mint Donkey Kong Jr cabinet, and my brother picked up a cocktail Rally-X last week on Long Island, so the machine is in full swing with nearly 40 vintage games thus far, and more on the way (Venture could be a reality on my return from LA). I think the idea with Reclaim Arcade is to many of the factors we have been exploring for a while: Reclaim Video will be my new office on the ground and the entry point for Reclaim Arcade; we will re-create a 80s console Living room a la the UMW Console in the space, and then explore a new aesthetic for the maker space/garage idea we have built into the plans. It is going to be sick, and after extended time abroad, it is high time to return full-time to the US to live out competing fantasies of running a video store and an arcade. It’s crazy, but I love it.

As far as the details, there are many, many to discuss over the coming months as we gear up for a late Spring launch: the redesign of the space; the exploration of the self-pouring taps for the bar; and creating a designated office for Reclaim Hosting in the wake of CoWork to name a few. But I might be most excited about teaming up with Will’s Place to bring you some groovy 80s flavors for the palate. Partnering with Will and Maria on this venture is super special given how indelibly Will is linked (at least in my mind) to the work we did at UMW. I remember first meeting him when he was part of Martha Burtis‘s Digital Identity course, and both being from NY we hit it off immediately, and have remained in touch via social media since. Will and Maria have been a huge force for good in Fredericksburg over the years, and the idea of partnering around food for Reclaim Arcade speaks volumes for the community we are trying to create and checks off another box of a long list of dreams coming true in this venture—it just all feels to be coming together so perfectly. So, I will return to my LA, but not before recognizing “It’s Happening!”

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CoWork Closing

I got the news today, oh boy! On December 20th our co-working space in Fredericksburg, CoWork, will be closing down. I’m posting the full announcement below for posterity, but this does mark a moment for Reclaim Hosting. We started CoWork when there were 3 of us two and a half years ago, but with our latest hire last week we are now 9 and we find we need more dedicated space for our growing team. On top of that, the overhead of running a growing CoWork required additional responsibilities from our staff. It was never meant to be a money maker, and while it offset some of our office costs it also has meant giving up access to parts of our office more and more. That said, we didn’t take on another 2500 square feet in the strip mall to start downsizing, rather we will be we’re re-imagining this space for a brave new purpose with the idea of bringing something a little more exciting to the Burg 🙂 In fact, our renovation of CoWork in early 2017 laid the foundation for the new project we’ll be announcing shortly, and reinforces the fact Tim and I are not afraid to experiment with new ideas, even if they are old ones …

Greetings,

You are receiving this email because at some point past or present you have been a customer of CoWork Fredericksburg. We are reaching out to everyone today to regretfully inform you that CoWork will be closing operations at the end of the year. Our last day of operation is December 20th, 2019.

When we began CoWork in the Spring of 2017, our primary company, Reclaim Hosting, was a very small business with just two employees needing office space. CoWork was a way for us to realize the dream of building a space where people could work in common spaces together. Two and a half years later we have seen so many people come through the space and made quite a few friends along the way. But as CoWork has grown over the years so has Reclaim Hosting and the need for private office space for our company along with further development of new business plans has led us to this very difficult decision.

So, as we write this email to you, we do have some things we’d like everyone to be aware of as we prepare for closing: 

  • Starting today no new memberships will be available for signup.

  • Existing members will not be charged for the month of December

  • All memberships will automatically be canceled on December 20th which will be the last day of access for all members.

  • All Conference Room, Private Office, and Event rental bookings will be available until December 13th.

  • If you have a mailbox membership:

    • Please be sure to pick up any existing mail at CoWork.

    • Set up a forwarding address by December 20th. All mail received after that date will be returned to sender.

    • For our mailbox memberships through Opus Virtual Offices you will receive further communication from them on alternative options for having your business address changed to a different location or cancellation instructions.

  • All personal items stored at CoWork need to be removed by Dec 1. After that date personal belongings not claimed will be donated to Goodwill.

Decisions like these are never easy. It’s been a privilege and joy to operate CoWork for two and a half years and we appreciate the support of the community. We look forward to continuing to build and be a part of the Fredericksburg community for many years to come as we close this chapter and start the next.

All the best,

Reclaim Hosting and CoWork Staff

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ELI’s 7 Things about Domain of One’s Own

Well, Domain of One’s Own has finally hit the big time 🙂 Earlier this week the 7 Things to Know about Domain of One’s Own case study was published by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. You can download it from their site, but I’m keeping a version here for posterity as well. I was lucky enough to work on the paper with Martha Burtis, Sundi Richard, Lora Taub-Pervizpour, and Keegan Long-Wheeler to brainstorm with ELI’s Malcolm Brown, Greg Dobbin, and Stephen G Pelletier to try and frame this in a way so that folks will get a sense of what it actually is. I really like the first paragraph of the “What it is?” because it captures nicely how Domains is a powerful combination of philosophy, practice, and tech:

A way of thinking as well as an application of technology, Domain of One’s Own refers to the practice of giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to obtain a domain with hosted web space of their own …. By enabling users to build environments for learning and sharing, such domains make possible a liberating array of practices that encourage users to explore how they interact with and present themselves in the online world. While giving users more control over their scholarship, data, and digital identity, these domains encourage an ethos of openness, freedom, and exploration and nurture a practice for shaping and thinking about one’s presence on the web. DoOO also draws users into a community of practice focused on collaboration and sharing.

These concepts were at the heart of the experiment when it started at UMW, and more and more schools are picking up on the simultaneously practical and idealistic vision of making the open web a viable platform for teaching and learning. That’s an awesome thing and can and should be celebrated. It’s taken many, many folks to make it work, and there is no way a two-page report will capture all the nuance and history, but it does an excellent job of providing a snapshot for folks who are dreaming about re-centering ed tech around student, staff, and faculty-driven web for teaching and learning. Avanti!

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To Build and Blog an Arcade

I can’t seem to write quickly enough about all that’s happening with Reclaim Arcade. Not only have we been securing more games since my last post (we got Missile Command last week, yesterday Berserk and Jungle Hunt, and a cocktail version of RallyX —with Donkey Kong Jr is in the wings), but we’ve also been pretty deep into planning what is needed to actually run an arcade.

That means floor plans, space designs, food, drinks, budgets, loans, logos, comps, employees, etc. It’s beginning to pick up momentum quickly, and while there is nothing official just yet—it’s starting to feel that way. What’s more, if you know anything about Tim and I, you’ll understand why this has the potential to move fast, to be supported robustly, and maybe even actually succeed. One of the things that has been pretty illuminating, and quite helpful and enjoyable, is to read about other people’s experience starting an arcade on the Arcade Museum forums (the go-to resource for buying, selling, and learning about games and arcades). Tim pointed me to a couple of threads on KLOV by folks who recently started arcades. One is in Wichita, Kansas (The Arcade Wichita), and they have a pretty bitchin arcade. Two partners went in on it, and they don’t do food or alcohol, just OG arcade, and their game selection is legend. You can see the full walk-through video below and read the thread on KLOV here:

It was encouraging to learn they’re doing well financially, and that folks are flocking in. That’s the dream.

Another recent story of an OG arcade start-up that was shared on KLOV is about Marcade in Dover, New Jersey. This was super useful thread given we got details like electric bill costs monthly, sales figures over first two months, and much more. It was kind of an AMA for folks hoping to start arcades. Like us, the Marcade is in a strip mall, but unlike us they have over 100 arcade games. Wow! And the selection of games is impeccable— here is the list. It’s really cool to learn that the OG arcades can stand alone in this day and age without a bar or some other adjunct business (like a VHS store 🙂 ). You can read the whole forum thread here, and I just want to say how awesome and useful it is when folks share their experience like this. It not only buoys our hopes, but also we learn a ton. 

Marcade in Dover, NJ – Image credit Marc of Marcade

I just love nuggets like the one shared by the NJ arcade. Turns out there were still local ordinances on the books to prevent arcades from opening that were created during the 80s when these spaces were branded as dens of teenage iniquity. Now all those teenagers are on town boards now, and they think the idea is groovy 🙂 But that meant unexpected legal costs on his part, and it was a good reminder there may be a few gotchas to look out for along the way.

So, inspired by these folks, I hope to share what Tim and I learn while going through this odyssey on the bava. Things are still a bit touch and go with official announcements given we need to get the blessing of our landlord, but once the horse is out of the gate the bavarcade blogstorm is on like …. Donkey Kong 🙂

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LA Reclaim Roadshow

In a couple of weeks Lauren and I will be heading West to put on the second Reclaim Roadshow at Emerson College’s Sunset Blvd campus. We will be in the belly of the Hollywood beast with some state-of-the-art media digs. We have a full house again, and will be following a similar approach as we did at Skidmore College last year. We are thrilled to have 15 folks from 10 different colleges and universities that cover a diverse range of approaches to Domains. Day 1 will focus on an in-depth training around the infrastructure, diving into WHMCS and WHM, and will also feature some SPLOT love.

Image of Emerson LA on Sunset Blvd

Emerson LA on Sunset Blvd is a futuristic take on the Jawa Sandcrawler, and I love it!

Day 2 will act more as a user group where folks like Peter Sentz will share how BYU Domains has scaled to more than 10,000 users, as well as exploring how they have tried to measure its impact. And we will have a special remote panel featuring Marie Selvanadin (Georgetown), Adam Croom (University of Oklahoma), and Sundi Richard (Davidson) that will share what’s been made possible through the implementation of Domains on their campus. What’s more, we are planning on swapping tales between existing schools as well as new schools that could use some tips and tricks as they get their project of the ground. Looks like the 7 Things You Should Know about Domain of One’s Own from ELI could not come out soon enough, but more on that in another post.

Tech Noir bar from Terminator, dig the neon!

I’m really excited about meeting up with folks in LA, and not just because I love that city, but also because it is the home of Tech Noir! 

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Reclaim Hosting Interview with Website Planet

I was interviewed earlier this month about Reclaim Hosting for Website Planet by Gail Lobel Rand. Website Planet is site that provides information for folks who want to create a website, and they highlight and rate the various website builder services, web hosting services, logo design services, etc. with the idea of providing a it of a recommendation engine. Reclaim Hosting does no advertising and there was no pay-to-play going on here, so I figured why not do an interview and share the good word about the best little hosting company that could 🙂

Gail was great, and she was must interested in breaking down what hosting plans we offered for their readership. In the end, it turns out, most hosting company’s provide the same thing: either shared hosting and VPS hosting (both managed and unmanaged). We see no reason to do unmanaged VPS hosting given providers like Digital Ocean more than have that covered, so with us the options are pretty simple. The outlier offering is Domain of One’s Own, and that is a reality so specific to higher ed that I would be surprised if it resonates much beyond the educational world, but you never know.

I think Reclaim Hosting has survived (dare I say thrived :)) because we focus on a niche community whose specific needs are often not served by larger web hosting companies. What’s more, we understood higher ed and recognize pricing for students and faculty needs to be both transparent and affordable. I think I touch on all of this to some degree in the interview, but the thing that came out while talking with Gail was that Reclaim Hosting puts off a completely different vibe them most hosting companies. We have VHS tapes on our website rather than stock photos of server rooms, and we don’t play the death by 1,000 cuts up-sell game that so many hosting companies do. I also tried to throw some love to Alan Levine’s SPLOT work, CUNY’s Commons-in-a-Box, as well as some Omeka and Scalar plugs. In case it’s not clear from the article, we did not develop any of those apps, just helped with the Installatron installers.

Lastly, after getting asked to do something like this out of the blue, I begin to wonder if Reclaim Hosting is beginning to show up on folks’ radar outside the education sphere. Not sure about that, but if so it would be interesting to know why.

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