Welcome to Ontario Extend Domain Camp, where over a several week experience we will help you get your skills up in understanding and management of an internet domain of your own, a place to express and share your ideas, knowledge, materials without the influence of corporate platforms.

If you need a reason why this sort of thing matters, read the words of Audrey Watters and the concept as described at the place it all started, the University of Mary Washington.

The Ontario Extend Domain Camp first ran in 2018 as a means to help new domain owners. It remains open to anyone or outside of Ontario Extend who wants to get started and discover what is possible with an internet domain and a self owned web-hosting package.

What and Why of Domains

What and Why of Domains

What exactly are "Domains of Our Own" and why are we inviting Ontario Extend participants to take this on?

Our instructions are mostly tailored to the platform offered by the people at Reclaim Hosting, but could be used by anyone with another web host that offers similar services. You will learn about web hosting and setting up domains in Week 1 of camp.

Camp is opening again June 11, 2019! Sign up here and stay tuned… we might have badges!

We will run 4 weeks of basic domain activities, and then provide another four week series with a focus on using WordPress. Feel free to do as much of this as fits your camp dreams.

Information about camp will be shared here and via in twitter via @ontarioextend, but we encourage to as well to join the Reclaim Hosting Community (a place not restricted to Reclaim Hosting clients, anyone can read and create an account to post) where you will find Domains Camp in the Newbies Corner. We also have a Slack channel; you will get an invite after signing up for Domain Camp 2019.

Come hang out in the Newbies Corner of the Reclaim Hosting community

How Camp Works

Sessions will start on Tuesdays with a blog post announcement of the week’s sessions (found below) as well as a recorded live demo overview of the week’s tasks created in the 2018 round of camp. Each week will include several domain tasks for you to do in the Activity Bank where you can later respond with your work (links will go to your own domain!). Wednesdays will include a live drop in session via Zoom at Camp Headquarters where you can seek help from camp staff.

At anytime, we encourage you to check the Newbies Corner community space to ask/answer questions and meet other campers.

Camp Schedule

Each week starting June 11, 2019 we will release another posting of domain camp activity.

Getting Ready for Domain Camp

Getting Ready for Domain Camp

Domain Camp 2019 is starting JUne 11! What should you pack and prepare for?
Week 1: Meeting Cpanel, Landing Pages, Files

Week 1: Meeting Cpanel, Landing Pages, Files

The first week of Domain Camp includes sharing domain name stories, meeting cpanel, creating a simple landing page with Site Builder, and using the File Manager to upload and modify content in your domain.
Week 2: Subdomains, Installing Blogs, Redirects

Week 2: Subdomains, Installing Blogs, Redirects

In week 2 of Domain Camp we are creating subdomains, installing apps/sites into subdomains vs directories, setting up a camp blog with WordPress, using web redirects, and how to password protect a site.
Week 3: Better Landing Pages, SPLOTS, Email, and SSL Sites

Week 3: Better Landing Pages, SPLOTS, Email, and SSL Sites

Activities around Domain Camp in week 3 include installing a better landing page with a Wordpress theme (or something else), SPLOTs, setting up domain email address as well as email forwarders, and running sites under SSL.
Catch Up Week

Catch Up Week

Woah, Domain Camp might be going by tooooooo fast. This week we have a break to catch up, or catch a snooze, or just sit around the campfire telling stories.
Week 4: Exploring Other Apps To Add to Your Domain

Week 4: Exploring Other Apps To Add to Your Domain

This was billed as our last week of Domain Camp but we are keeping camp open longer. Your Domain offers much more than Wordpress sites, this week we explore other applications you can run in your own domain.
Week 5: WordPress Retreat with Settings, Categories vs Tags

Week 5: WordPress Retreat with Settings, Categories vs Tags

Domain Camp is committed to staying open til the end of summer. Are you ready for more? Since the app most people will use is WordPress, and we think WordPress is awesome, we will finish this month with activities to help you get more familiar with its capabilities and features.
Week 6: Cooking Over the WordPress Campfire, Permalinks, Menus, Plugins

Week 6: Cooking Over the WordPress Campfire, Permalinks, Menus, Plugins

How is your WordPress cooking? This week we look into using permalinks without burning your fingers, roasting up complex or simple menus, and a buffet of plugins to explore (or share).
Week 7: Theme Picking and Syndication Hubs

Week 7: Theme Picking and Syndication Hubs

Woah, it's the last week of summer. Here is our last installment of WordPress camp activities (for now), we have some things for you to pack in your duffel bag for when you might need them.

Camp Areas

Camp Home   Newbies Corner   Slack   Activities


Featured Image: Original image modeled after e-bay catalog photo of a camp sign.