You first step is creating an account with our hosting provider, Reclaim Hosting. This means you have already decided on the domain name that you will soon own.

Remember for this project your name will look like _________.*** where *** might be ca, com, net, info, org, or name.

Naming is a very key step, so make sure you have the ultimate domain name to represent you online.

Account Creation Process

During the workshop we will provide a special web address you should use to start the account creation process (this address has the code that will make sure you are registered as part of this project, and not have to pay).

You will land at a screen that looks like:

Ontario Extend signup page for Reclaim Hosting.

In the box, enter your desired name and choose from the menu the desired extension (likely) .ca).

Enter the URL, choose from the menu the top level domain, and click “Check Availability”

If it is availble, great! You will see a page with prices, but do not worry. We have that covered for you. Click the green Checkout button.

The next screen will ask for your confirmation from CIRA the Canadian domain registrar authority.

And then on the next screen is your “order” to complete (you should note that the amount due is $0.00). You will have to provide your name and address, etc. You will also be asked to provide an account password. Make sure it is secure and that you save it somewhere safe.

The most important step is, under Payment in the bottom right change the selection to invoice. This is where the project is covering the cost of your domain for you. Say thanks!

It may take a few minutes to process, just leave the window open until it is done. Once you see an Order Confirmation screen, you can call it a day, and consider your domain registered.

We know you are excited, but do not go any farther, you can close this window now. Or maybe go to twitter to declare your success.

Confirmation Email

You will receive a welcome email from Reclaim Hosting. Make sure you save this email, it has important information for accessing your account. Under the Account Information heading you will find a Take Me There link.

Special link inside your confirmation email

This link can take you directly to your Reclaim Hosting account screen. We know you are curious, so go ahead click it. You should see something like:

The Reclaim Hosting Client screen– you are the client.

Wrap Up

Now you have your own account at Reclaim Hosting. You can always log into your account via using the email address you entered when registering the account and the password selected.

And with that you have a domain of your own!

Note that if you view your domain address in a web browser, until we add your first bit of content, you will see a VHS tape themed holding page for your domain. Admire it, maybe take a screenshot, because soon you will put your own content there.

The Reclaim Hosting page for a new domain

Right away (in the next section) we will get you publishing your own content to replace this, and make own domain much more your own.

Extending with Domains Guide

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