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Understanding & Establishing Digital Scholarly Identity Workshop Series

This how-to guide is meant to support anyone interested in developing and maintaining their digital scholarly identities and accompanies the "Understanding & Establishing Digital Scholarly Identity" Workshop Series.

Your Instructors

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Kate Thornhill

Digital Scholarship Librarian


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Genifer Snipes

Interim Director, Research & Instructional Services and Business & Entrepreneurship Librarian


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Franny Gaede

Director, Digital Scholarship Services


Reclaim Hosting: Definitions, FAQs, How-tos, and Documentation


Computer logoWhat is Reclaim Hosting?

Reclaim Hosting is a website hosting platform that allows anyone to purchase web server space to host web applications like Omeka, Wordpress, Scalar, Mukurtu, Grav, and a whole bunch of other platforms to support your scholarly digital projects. The business was started with academics in mind and has robust community support for beginners to advanced users.

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How do I sign up for a Reclaim Hosting account?

You can go to and sign up for a web hosting account. There are different types of plans to choose from with different cost, storage, and duration options.


Signing up for a Reclaim Hosting Account by Reclaim Hosting


Computer logoWhat is the Client Area?

It's the first page you see after you log into Reclaim Hosting. The client area is where you locate billing and hosting plan information; account password and email, access the CPanel; register, transfer, and manage domain names, access Reclaim Hosting support and the community of users like yourself who utilize the service to host their websites.

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Reclaim Your Domain Episode 2 - The Client Area by Reclaim Hosting


What is the CPanel?

CPanel is the control panel that gives you access to creating, managing and maintaining your website via Reclaim Hosting. It is an industry standard with an interface containing sections to administrate your websites and technology applications. It gives you complete control over your web hosting server space without having to use command-line tools.

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Image of what the Reclaim Hosting CPanel looks like

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How do I access CPanel?

Access to CPanel is available when you log into your Reclaim Hosting account. After logging into Reclaim Hosting click on the word "CPanel" within the top navigator.

Why do I need to use CPanel?

CPanel is where you are able to control web application installation, domains, files, email, databases, metrics, security, and preferences. It is where you will be able to do a on-click installation of Omeka Classic and setup FTP access for users other than yourself.

Icon of a website What is a website domain name?

A website domain name is the address you type into a web browser's address bar. It should be easy to remember and branded to your website's mission and vision. Think of it like this, if your website were a house then your domain would be the address.

A little more details about web domain names... is a top-level domain and it also has an address called an IP address.

An IP (Internet Protocol) address is a unique string of numbers separated by periods that identifies a specific computer to communicate with other computers. It's kind of like if your website has a US social security number. IP addresses look like this... A popular way to look up a website's IP address is by searching for it using or

To learn more about how web domain's work visit this helpful guide - Beginner’s Guide: What is a Domain Name and How Do Domains Work?

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Are domains free?

Reclaim Hosting makes the cost of your 1st domain name part of your billing amount within the first 24 hours. For example, if you select the Faculty/Professional Plan then biennially you will be charged for their services and your domain name will stay active. Check out more information about the lifecycle of domains Reclaim Hosting documentation to learn more about keeping domains active.

Can I register and pay for additional domains?

Yes, you can register additional domain names through the Client Area. Fees apply.

My domain is registered with another web hosting provider like Dream Host or GoDaddy, but I want to keep it?

Yes, check out Reclaim Hosting's documentation about how to transfer a domain name from another web hosting service.

Are domain names with .com preferred?

It's really up to you. Website's with (.com) extensions are very common and usually used for if you are not a non-profit organization (.org) or an educational institution (.edu).

How do I protect my personal information when registering a domain? 

Anyone can look up the ownership and contact information of a domain name owner by using Check out Reclaim Hosting's guides for protecting your identity (ID Protect (WHOIS Data Protection) FAQ) and Updating WHOIS? Contact Information