We use Reclaim Hosting for domain registration and hosting in this class. To get started, head on over to ReclaimHosting.com.
Click the blue “Sign Up” button to head to this page:
Here, click select the $30/year “Students & Individuals” plan. On the next screen, enter your preferred domain name.
On the following screen, be sure to check the box to enable ID Protect:
On the checkout screen, try discount code sniderclass to save 10%:
After completing checkout, you’ll receive several emails from Reclaim Hosting. One of the emails will include a verification link. Be sure to click it to confirm your email address and activate your account. Another will look like this and includes your cPanel & SFTP Login Credentials
You’ll need these for our next steps, so keep them handy.
After clicking the verification link, head to your cPanel. To get there, head back to ReclaimHosting.com and click “Client Area Login” in the top-right corner, or just click here.
If prompted, enter the email address and password you used when signing up with Reclaim Hosting 1 to get to this screen:
This page is where you manage information about your Reclaim Hosting account (like billing details, etc.) and where you access other tools. In the navbar on this page, click the third link labeled “cPanel”:
You’ll then arrive at your cPanel, which looks like this:
Click on the icon that looks like a truck labeled “FTP Accounts” to arrive at this page:
Scroll down to the section labeled “Special FTP Accounts” and click the blue “Configure FTP Client” link next to the account without the _logs suffix to see this view:
Now’s a good moment to remind you to configure Chrome to download files directly to your desktop 2. To do so, either click “Chrome > Preferences” in the menu bar or hit ⌘ + , to get to this screen:
Scroll down to the very bottom and click advanced to reveal more options. Scroll until you see the Downloads section:
and click the “Change” button in the “Location” section and select your desktop. Now that that’s done, let’s return here:
And click the gray “SFTP Configuration File” underneath Cyberduck. That’ll download a file delightfully suffixed “.duck” to your desktop:
Double-click that file to launch Cyberduck. If a panel pops up asking if you want to make Cyberduck your default FTP client, select “Make Default.” If you’re prompted to download a new version, close that prompt for now. You’ll then be presented with a prompt that looks like this:
Check the box for “Always” and then click Allow. You’ll then be prompted for your password on a screen that looks like this:
Enter the cPanel / SFTP password you received via email from Reclaim Hosting here (copying and pasting is likely best) and be sure that “Add to Keychain” is checked before clicking Login. After successfully completing this process, you’ll be taken to this screen:
Double-click on the “public_html” folder and then click on the Bookmark icon (second from the left in the icons in the top left corner underneath “Open Connection”) to see a screen like this:
Click the “+” icon in the bottom-left corner to open another window like this:
In the new window, the only thing you’ll likely want to change is the Nickname—just choose something clear and descriptive, like your URL or your name. Then, close the window where you updated your nickname to be left with a screen like this:
Now, to access your site via FTP, you’ll just need to double-click that bookmark! Be sure to repeat this process on your personal laptop as well so that you can access your server outside of the NMI lab.
Not your cPanel / SFTP information from the email↩
Why? Because 1) Your desktop is super-easy to access 2) It’s visible so you should at least be mildly incentivized to keep it clean unlike… 3) Your downloads folder, which inevitably becomes a hot mess of random files because it’s mostly out of sight↩