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Workaround for 200 domain limit in WHM / cPanel AutoSSL

Workaround for 200 domain limit in WHM / cPanel AutoSSL

200 domain limit reached in cPanel for AutoSSL

We run a number of WordPress Multisite installations on our dedicated server for a variety of clients.  Our largest installation, for Share the Practice, currently consists of 88 individual WordPress sites.  A number of these sites use sub-domains, but for most of them we map custom domain URLs onto the main WordPress Multisite installation.

WHM / cPanel now offers easy SSL installation, but there is a small catch: it only allows 200 domains per virtual host, and the documentation about this is a little confusing.  We had been using the “Park” or “Alias” function in cPanel to handle the mapping for each domain, but then ran over the limit, as WHM creates multiple subdomains for each domain you add that way.

The workaround for this was to use “Addon Domain” instead of “Alias”.  This creates a separate virtual host for each domain, and will therefore enable an individual SSL certificate for each, getting around the 200 domain limit.

WARNING:
Before you make any of these changes, make sure to check for any setup email accounts, email forwarders, or any custom DNS settings (subdomains, custom MX records, CNAME records, etc).  These will all be deleted without warning if you proceed, so make sure you have backups before you do any of this.  If you do have custom DNS settings, copy them down and then re-add once you’ve switched the domain(s).

To make this work, we followed these steps:

  1. Sign into your cPanel account
  2. Open up Aliases
  3. Check that a given domain does NOT have email accounts or email forwarders set.
  4. If NO email forwarders or accounts have been set up, first copy the domain name, then click the “Remove” link for the domain on the Aliases page.
  5. Create a new Addon Domain (paste the domain name into the field).  For a WordPress Multisite installation, set the Document Root to be public_html (or wherever your installation lives in the parent account).
  6. Repeat for each domain you want to switch over, until you get back below the 200 domain limit.
  7. AutoSSL will attempt to regenerate your SSL certs each time you add a new Addon Domain.
  8. Review the AutoSSL logs in WHM to check for any errors in the SSL certificate creation process

Hope this helps!

Racing to Hawaii on Express 37 Limitless for 2016 Pacific Cup!

Racing to Hawaii on Express 37 Limitless for 2016 Pacific Cup!

Delivering Limitless to the Bay Area
Delivering Limitless to the Bay Area with Shawn Ivie, owner

I’m really excited to be participating in the 2016 Pacific Cup.  It’s a sailboat race from San Francisco to Hawaii that takes place every 2 years and is on many racer’s bucket lists of races they might like to do someday.  I am very fortunate to have found a skipper (Shawn Ivie) and boat (Limitless) that I really like, and also to feel like I can contribute meaningfully to the program.  The owner of the boat (an Express 37) has been working overtime to get everything ready.  I got to help deliver the boat from southern California to the Bay Area, which was a lot of fun.  I’ve also been helping do the social media and website for the boat.  You can follow our adventures here: http://e37limitless.com — we’re hoping to blog at least once a day using the satellite phone we’ll also be using to do our official check-ins.  You can track our progress vs. the rest of the competition here: 2016 Pacific Cup Tracker and check out the Daily Standings here.

We are in Alaska Airlines Division C and our start is at 11:25 am on July 12 in front of the St. Francis Yacht Club.  Doug Johnstone, our navigator, is estimating it will take right around 11 days to finish.  The weather will play a huge part in how long it actually takes us to arrive in Kaneohe Bay.  So excited for this opportunity!

The adventure so far:

Delivering Limitless to the Bay Area from Southern California

Limitless getting weighed and measured at Berkeley Marine Center

Preparing Limitless for her safety inspection tomorrow

PacCup Inspection for Limitless – Passed!

Getting all the electronics to talk to one another

More work on Limitless – fresh crew arrives to help!

Delivering Limitless
Delivering Limitless

Next stop: Kaneohe Bay!

 

 

 

Tackling tough things – November 2015 update

Tackling tough things – November 2015 update

Gabriel

For the past month I’ve been doing some serious self-examination.  Some things I’ve been considering:

  • In the majority of my past romantic relationships for the past 20 years, seeing a recurring pattern in myself of adapting to try to be the person that I thought (for whatever reason) would be the “right” person for the other individual
  • Tracing this behavior back to my childhood and feeling socially unwelcome or unloved
  • Finding that something inside myself has always emerged that was somehow at odds with that person I was trying to be
  • Arguing with myself about who I really am and eventually giving in to myself
  • Causing much suffering to myself and others when those differences became apparent
  • Truly questioning in myself whether I know what is really true or not
  • Can I find my own true self?

In the past month I’ve been making some changes to my daily routines:

  • Finally visited Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City in person.  I’ve subscribed to their excellent series of dharma talks podcast for years but had never committed to the 1.5 hour drive through traffic to go in person.  The traffic is just another opportunity for mindfulness.
  • Sat for 1/2 day retreats every Wednesday for the past 3 weeks, leaving with enough time to get there early
  • Stayed for another 2 hours of Introduction to Mindfulness series of classes and committed to myself to attend all 5 weeks of the series and to do the homework suggestions
  • Participated in a regular Sunday evening sitting group at IMC with 20 & 30 somethings (“Dharma Homies” :))
  • Formally sat in meditation each day for 20-25 minutes, every day for the past 3 weeks
  • Learning what the word “sangha” means, in person
  • Camped in my van multiple times in Half Moon Bay, then working in a cafe there before driving back up to Oakland
  • Sunbathed nude on a couple of beaches, enjoying a warm sunset by myself, letting the universe breathe me in and out
  • Hung out with friends I haven’t seen in a long time
  • Made dinner plans with new friends
  • Processed some of my Burning Man photos and shared some nice portraits with friends and family
  • Getting together with two friends to hang out and have a “creative” output as part of the meeting [this blog post is tonight’s effort]
  • Reached out to someone I hurt very much asking if they would be open to a visit, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  However they respond, I feel better for asking, and do truly hope that I’m not reopening wounds by doing so.
  • Danced with my friends late into the night
  • Had deep conversations with new people, practicing both my sharing and listening skills
  • Working to see my own gender / sexuality identity more clearly, and starting to figure out more of how I fit into a greater community of people
  • Clarifying my feelings about future family, and thinking about whether I have to follow normal or conventional pathways to get there
  • Practicing self compassion, self care, and trying to find the shape of my heart

Overall, working on facing my fears and moving forward.  I’m very grateful for all of the loving supportive people in my life, and for all of the lessons I’ve been learning through facing challenges and figuring stuff out.

My apologies if this is all too much sharing, feel free to move along and have a lovely rest of your day.

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2013 Three Bridge Fiasco – Successfully finished!!!

2013 Three Bridge Fiasco – Successfully finished!!!

Excited for the day
Excited for the day

This was my first time doing the Three Bridge Fiasco race — a single or double-handed race around 3 marks in the Bay: Blackaller Buoy near the Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island (Bay Bridge) and Red Rock (Richmond Bridge).  Jason and I did the race on his Cal 29 “TNT” and it was outstanding.  We went clockwise around the course, going from the start line to Red Rock to Treasure Island to Blackaller to finish.  Our official finish time was 14:13:14.

Video of the start of the race from Jason’s GoPro:

Results: We finished 20th out of the 44 boats in our division, and #174 out of the total of 357 boats (monohull and multihull) registered for the race.  252 boats actually completed the race this year, scoring us in the 73rd percentile of finishers.  If we include the boats that didn’t start or finish the race, we scored in the 51st percentile.  Not too bad for our first double-handed race, the first race TNT had done, and both of our first Three Bridge Fiasco race experience.

Jibeset Results:

Fleet Assignments (#20 out of 44 entrants)
Overall Results (#174 out of 279 double-handed monohull entrants)

Jason’s write-up:

http://cal29berkeley.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/three-bridge-fiasco/

How to find an excellent local coffee shop for getting work done

How to find an excellent local coffee shop for getting work done

Actual Cafe in Oakland

As a web designer who owns my own business, I have the option of working anywhere I can get a good Internet connection and mobile phone coverage. For a while I’ve been exploring different coffee shops / cafes in the East Bay and have discovered a couple of good indicators to tell you if it will be a good cafe for working or not.

#1: Check the Yelp Reviews

Yelp iPhone app

The first place I usually start when I’m looking for a new coffee shop to try is doing a search on Yelp (either Yelp.com or using their excellent iPhone app), usually searching for places nearby that match “coffee shop wifi”.  If you then filter by Rating and Open Now, the top picks will almost certainly be excellent places to try.  If you already know about Yelp, this is probably a “duh” type of recommendation, but if you haven’t tried it or used it a whole lot lately, give it a go.  For extra points, leave a review of your experience on Yelp to help others find the good stuff.

#2: Good Atmosphere

The best coffee shops are the product of love.  It’s a very hard business to be successful in, and some places do a very good job of letting you know how much care and thought they’ve put into creating the sort of environment you’ll be comfortable sitting in for hours.  Starbucks and Peet’s have done a good job of creating a consistent experience no matter which location you go to, but they will always be less interesting than a local, independent coffee shop will be.

 

Business Cards

 

#3: Business Card Boards

It’s a funny thing, but coffee shops that are beloved by “locals” tend to have a bulletin board, usually placed somewhat prominently, full of pinned-on business cards, fliers, and other community sharing resources.  They also will often have a lot of local event or show fliers for people to peruse.  If you find a thriving business card bulletin board, that’s a good sign you’ve found a good spot.

#4: Local Focus

The best coffee shops tailor their offerings to their local community.  This could include holding regular charity-focused events, using local coffee roasters, featuring local product makers and playing a role in the greater community.  If the coffee shop has a booth at the farmer’s market, bonus points.

#5: Artsy Art

Coffee shops are a great place to see some new artwork, and for artists to get exposure for their work.  Rotating art shows help stimulate your creative impulses, and also lend vibrancy to the atmosphere.

 

Latte

 

#6: Delicious Drinks and Tasty Pastries

This is another obvious thing to look for, but delicious, expertly prepared drinks are worth seeking out.  One way I’ll check for this ahead of time is to look at the Yelp pictures for a place.  If the lattes look interesting and like the barrista paid attention to what they were doing, that’s  a good sign of quality.  The ingredients that places use are also a good sign — organic Clover milk and fresh-roasted beans?  Yes please!  You can easily pay a bit more for a drink but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, particularly since the better places try to pay their employees living wages.

#7: Strong WiFi

MacBook Pro keyboard

Even if you have data tethering for your cell phone (as I do myself) it’s very nice to have good pipes for your Internet connection.  The best coffee shops can be full of people, all using their laptops, streaming music and YouTube videos, and you’ll still have a fast and reliable connection.  It’s not a bad idea to ask if there’s a password when you’re ordering your drink.

#8: Sofas, Seats and Tables

I enjoy coffee shops that have comfortable places to sit and stay a while.  I don’t mind working with my laptop on my lap, so working on a couch is feasible for me.  Some days I prefer a table instead, and having available seating is key.  The most popular coffee shops will be pretty packed, but you should still be able to find a spot.  Having a variety of seating options is very nice.

#9: Power to the People

Outlet

Power outlets can be a precious commodity.  One pro-tip is to bring a 3-way splitter.  That way you will never go without power for your laptop — you can always sneak in.  Most of the coffee shops I spend a lot of time in have ample power outlets (another thing you can check for in the comments people leave in Yelp reviews).  This makes spending more time there feasible, because otherwise it will be a max of a couple of hours before the power runs out.  You know a coffee shop is serious about attracting regular in-shop workers if they provide power strips so there is always an outlet for everyone.

#10: Get Friendly

Coffee shops are an excellent place to meet new people.  Express some interest in what people are doing around you, but don’t be overbearing, or interrupt when they’re in the middle of something.  I’ve met a number of new clients just by sharing what I was working on, or talking with people about their projects.

#11: Clean Bathrooms

Clean bathrooms are a good sign of a well-kept coffee shop.  You’re going to have to go, so it’s nice when the bathrooms are kept tidy and are regularly attended to.

#12: Walkable or Bikeable?

I usually prefer to walk or bike to work — it’s a nice addition to the day to get a little bit of outdoor exercise.  If a coffee shop is bikable or walkable, that moves it up in my list.  If you need to drive, then good parking is another thing to check for.

Headphones

 

#13: Bring Headphones or Earplugs

If you get distracted easily, bring a good pair of headphones or earplugs and you can listen to music (or just quiet the background noise)

#14: Don’t Forget to Tip!

Barristas don’t make a ton of money.  If you find a place you like, be sure to leave a tip every time you make a purchase.  It helps keep a good atmosphere, and you won’t overstay your welcome.  You’ll be one of the regulars.  You want to be a net positive addition to the environment, and everyone appreciates being appreciated.

#15: Get Out There and Explore

Don’t get stuck in only one coffee shop, forever.  Explore your local options and see what you like the best about each place.

My current local favorite coffee shops to work at in in the East Bay:

Berkeley: Local 123A ‘Cuppa Tea

Oakland: Actual Cafe, Nomad Cafe, Bica, Spasso, Arbor Cafe, Gaylord’s

Lafayette: Panache Cafe

Walnut Creek: Cafe La Scala

What are your top criteria for coffee shops?  Where should I try next?

How to survive the shortest day of the year

How to survive the shortest day of the year

Tomorrow, December 21st is the winter solstice — the shortest day of the year. These are dark times… literally. We get smaller amounts of sunlight each day. Sometimes I forget to see what the world has to offer. When this happens I try to put my head out the window, and look up.

How to survive this moment in time:

  1. Look outside.
  2. If the sky is grey, rejoice in how wonderfully, powerfully grey it is. If it is sunny blue, smile and marvel that you get to enjoy this. If it is raining, be glad for the wet nourishment of the earth. If you have snow coming down on your eyelids, open your mouth wide and taste the frozen sensation of sky particles falling to earth. If you have wind, feel it blow your hair and the pressure on your skin. If you have fog, then marvel at the world as it resolves and dissolves around you.

Realize that tomorrow, and today, and the day after the next, it all is here to be enjoyed, if we can just see it for what it is. After tomorrow, the days will once again get interestingly longer bit by bit until it’s time to switch gears again.

Claim your path, take time to appreciate the view, and walk it, one step at a time. You can do it!

What I do is who I am

What I do is who I am

Weathered wood

What constitutes our authentic selves?  Who are we truly?  What is our real purpose?

I try to be honest.  I do not like it when people lie to me, and my basic assumption in life is that people will not lie to me.  I choose to, in general, be a trusting person.  Finding our truly authentic, or real, self, involves being able to dig underneath all the accumulated layers of crud that we pile onto our own perception of ourselves, and find the reality that constitutes our true core being.  It means not deceiving ourselves.  If we want to find authenticity, we have to have the courage to be really and truly honest with ourselves.

For me this means trying to ask myself, what is it that I truly want?  What do I really need?  Who am I?  Am I defined by others, or myself, or by some higher power?

If I want to be really honest with myself, I have nobody to blame when it comes to who I am.  I contain the product of all the environmental inputs I’ve ever taken in over the course of my lifetime, but part of that is also my own thought process, my own concept of who I am, my own beliefs about my purpose.  Others do not define me.  Even my parents, who maybe have had the most influence over my development as a person, do not define who I get to be, what I do, what I will accomplish in life.  My DNA does not define me.  My surroundings do not define me.

Authenticity means what is true or real.  We can observe this by looking at actions and results.  While actions do not always map to intentions, they come pretty close most of the time.  If we are acting with intentionality, thoughtfulness and purpose, our actions should reflect who we are.  I am defined by my actions.

What I do  is who I am.

Only by recognizing this, and living accordingly, can I express who I really am inside.  Every day I need to examine what I am doing and make sure that it represents my most true and authentic self.

I think it will make me a happier person in the long run.

Learning to Listen

Learning to Listen

Sometimes when I am trying to hear what someone is really saying it feels like I’m staring at a blank wall, not seeing (hearing) what is really there or being said. The problem is I’m not really listening.

Brick Wall

To listen is to pay attention.

To really listen, we must stop thinking, planning, pondering, wandering. It requires utmost concentration and focus. We have to be in the moment, and look for every nuance and expression of what it is we are trying to hear. We must be open to the real meaning of what is being said. We have to be present.

I often find myself thinking about what I’m going to say next in a conversation, rather than really taking the time to absorb what is being shared with me. I have to resist strongly the urge to play devil’s advocate, even when there’s no good reason for me to do so. Sometimes presenting alternate perspectives is useful, but just as often the person talking just needs to be heard. I spend much of any given conversation thinking about what I am going to say, rather than really absorbing what the other person is saying.

My challenge to myself for 2013 is to practice deeper, more effective listening habits. I want to be truly present and with that attention, be a better listener.

Only once we have truly heard what is being communicated can we then move forward effectively with the next action.

Value and Valor – Bringing your A Game

Value and Valor – Bringing your A Game

Hand-painted sign - A

It’s the end of 2012, and I’ve been thinking about the idea of creating value lately. What makes something valuable, what makes it good, what makes anything worth having? What makes a person valuable and worth having as a friend?

If someone behaves in a way that is considered valuable, especially in the context of a larger community, we say that they’ve acted with valor. There is honor in acting this way. The opposite of this is cowardice.

We measure value in terms of money — it is how we’ve standardized the exchange of value. If I do something of value for one of my clients, there is usually a transfer of money to recognize that. More important than the money, however, are the feelings, emotions, and communications that happen. Gratitude, fulfillment.

Why are the richest people rich? I think that most people who become rich arrive at that state of being because they have found a way to deliver or realize an extraordinary amount of value that they’ve been able to transfer to other people, which those other people then exchange their own value-units (money) for. Some folks do this in ways that I have no desire to emulate, and some are worth studying and learning from.

What should I be doing with my life? I’ve seen advice from people that we should follow what we love. Why? Because when we focus our time, attention, money, energy and soul into an activity, we get better at doing it. When we get better at doing it, we are able to communicate or transfer more value outwards.

My focus for 2013 is to try to deliver the maximum amount of value I possibly can to as many people as possible. — to try to give the most I can. Not for money, but because that is the person I want to be.

People who act unselfishly on the behalf of others are considered to be valorous — they are recognized as being valuable people, because of what they do. That is the person I want to be, not for glory, but for the true happiness that comes from being a help to others.

Please call me on this if you see me acting like a jerk, or if I can do better. And consider for yourself, are you prepared to commit to being the best version of yourself that you can imagine?

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