Golden Hour!

We’re busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy. However, the weekend is the chance to forget marking and lesson planning, collapse onto the couch without (too much) guilt, and catch up on some Netflix, and eat food that wasn’t prepared in the microwave. It’s a time to escape a little and fly free. Be it weekend sport, hiking, feeding seagulls, enjoying sushi and a beer with a buddy, whatever you do to relax and unwind. Share with us what you do on your weekends. What we really want is your inspirational photos of the weekend, especially sunrise or sunset photos (we have to keep with the theme of “the golden hour”). Each week we will share the best of the golden hour photos to help kick off the weekend. Tell us what you got up to and share your photos here: Contact Us. Most of all, enjoy your weekend.

Tell us:

  • Subject: Golden Hour Submission
  • Your name (internet pseudonym is fine)
  • Event
  • Location
  • Date (day month year)
  • Comment or short story

This is when we celebrate that time of week when we can relax and unwind with nothing but the best beer and sushi. Enjoy the weekend.

News this week

Our regular summary of news in education and technology, and you can contribute. Submissions of tips and stories will be gratefully appreciated (Contact Us), and don’t forget to tell us your name and sources.

Technology

Another ransom ware is out (BBC). They’re not exactly sure what it is, it appears similar to the recent WannaCry attack, and similar to Petya, so this one is currently known as NotPetya. A South Korean webhosting company paid over a million dollars equivalent in Bit Coin to have their data unlocked. This gives the attackers huge incentive to persist such attacks. Consequently, we will not be paying. Our strategy is this:

  • We keep regular backups of our data.
  • We regularly run virus scans, and use the most up-to-date software.
  • If attacked, delete and reformat our drives.
  • Reinstall everything using the most recent backup.

This approach will mean that some data loss is inevitable, especially new data. Consequently, we urge you to also back up your data on your website and home computer. Keep this data stored on an external device (like an external high capacity hard drive), which is not directly connected to the web. Using this method, for if we or you are affected by ransomware, at least some data is hidden and protected and systems are hopefully perhaps 80 to 90% recoverable. Even a 40% recovery is better than rewarding cyber criminals.

Education

The prestigious Global Teacher Prize is now accepting applications and nominations. If you, or you know someone, who is doing astounding work, submit for the next prize now. Announcement here.

The Global Teacher Prize
The Global Teacher Prize

HelloSpace.Me

We are growing all the time, so we have a lot to say this week. All our current members should have received an email with a special discount coupon valid until the end of this month. Check your email for details. If you haven’t got it, check your junk mail folders.

We are welcoming scholars and teachers who want to promote their research and classroom ideas with the community. We are accepting short articles on a variety of topics related to education, and technology in education. More info.

Special Offer of $150 worth of website for free for social media influencers: Announcement.

New Services: We are really happy to announce that we can offer auto-provisioning of some SSL certificates for Symantec, RapidSSL, and Geotrust. We also now offer professional level spam email filtering services, and Weebly website builder. See the new Categories in the shop for details: https://hellospace.me/host/cart.php.

Conferences

Submit your 2-3 line conference announcement at Contact Us.

The Fourth Extensive Reading World Congress will be on Friday 4th to Monday the 7th Aug at Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo Japan. HelloSpace.Me will be there, so drop by and say ‘hi’.

The British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL) annual conference will be held in the University of Leeds, from 31st Aug to 2nd Sept 2017. Submissions have closed. Details at BAAL.

The Pan Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies and KOTESOL will be co-hosting their annual conferences at Sookmyung Women’s University, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, from 21st to 22nd October 2017. Call for submissions due 31st May 2017. Details at KOTESOL.

The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) will hold their annual conference at Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, from 17th to 20th November. Submissions are already closed. Details at JALT.

The joint Applied Linguistics Conference for ALANZ, ALAA, and ALTAANZ has a call for submissions for their conference to be held on 27-29th Nov 2017, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland New Zealand. Close of submissions was 1st May 2017. Details via ALAA.

News this week

Our regular summary of news in education and technology, and you can contribute. Submissions of tips and stories will be gratefully appreciated (Contact Us), and don’t forget to tell us your name and sources.

Education

Thanks to all those who dropped by our stand at the JALTCALL conference at the weekend gone, and thanks for all the inspiring conversations. Matsuyama is a beautiful city, and Andrew wishes he could have stayed longer. We hope to see you at the Extensive Reading World Congress to be held in Tokyo in early August. Details are below.

Andrew during a quiet moment at the JALTCALL conference in Matsuyama, June 2017.
Andrew during a quiet moment at the JALTCALL conference in Matsuyama, June 2017.

HelloSpace.Me

We are welcoming scholars and teachers who want to promote their research and classroom ideas with the community. We are accepting short articles on a variety of topics related to education, and technology in education. More info.

We have some great Special Offers at the moment. See if you can benefit:

  • Special Offer of $150 worth of website for free for social media influencers: Announcement.

Conferences

Submit your 2-3 line conference announcement at Contact Us.

The Fourth Extensive Reading World Congress will be on Friday 4th to Monday the 7th Aug at Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo Japan. HelloSpace.Me will be there, so drop by and say ‘hi’.

The British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL) annual conference will be held in the University of Leeds, from 31st Aug to 2nd Sept 2017. Submissions have closed. Details at BAAL.

The Pan Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies and KOTESOL will be co-hosting their annual conferences at Sookmyung Women’s University, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, from 21st to 22nd October 2017. Call for submissions due 31st May 2017. Details at KOTESOL.

The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) will hold their annual conference at Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, from 17th to 20th November. Submissions are already closed. Details at JALT.

The joint Applied Linguistics Conference for ALANZ, ALAA, and ALTAANZ has a call for submissions for their conference to be held on 27-29th Nov 2017, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland New Zealand. Close of submissions was 1st May 2017. Details via ALAA.

Winners of our #JALTCALL2017 Giveaways. Instagram winner to be announced in the morning

So busy, so distracted, so late, so sorry, but so happy to announce this. The winners of our social media giveaways are as following:

  • FaceBook: Abie (only one JALTCALL2017 attendee shared the competition link)
  • Twitter: @Prof_Edo and @MisterRienmann
  • Instagram: No entries, so no winners this time. (Updated at 2pm)

Come and see me (in person) in the morning to claim your prize; I’ll also try to contact you direct. Also, the Instagram winner will also be announced in the morning (when I’m not too busy). Anyway, I had a great day chatting to people, and I hope you’re all having a great conference. Hope to see you in the morning. And have a great night. 

#JALTCALL2017 attendees get over 50% off webhosting plans for JUST this weekend only, & other announcements

If you’re on Instagram, you’ll see that I was up waaaaaay too early this morning. I hope you got a better nights sleep than me. On the upshot, a got a brilliant sunrise pic of Matsuyama Castle.

As the title says, our prices are currently over 50% off normal prices for webspace (compare our prices). We’re a new company, and so we can do this, but only for a little while longer. The JALTCALL2017 organisers have been so nice and helpful for me, so I’m happy to say that these prices will be locked in for a lifetime (esp. thanks to Thomas who sadly can’t be here this weekend). After this weekend, prices will have to go up, and new members are subject to fee increases, but you won’t. Your $40 or $60 prices are fixed for life. Domain name (aka web address) registration is a separate charge and not included in the lifetime deal.

I feel uneasy about carrying cash, so the prices are cheaper if you pay online with PayPal, but I will accept cash (only in yen) this weekend. All future payments will be online in USD.

  •                      Online      >   In cash
  • Mini plan USD$20  >  ¥2,300
  • WordPress & Lite Users plans USD$40  >  ¥4,600
  • Regular Plan USD$60  >  ¥6,900
  • See details here   >>>

If you want to try out our great services for free (which was specially designed to support teachers; see +9 Reasons Why), check out our giveaways here. If you don’t win, don’t worry, try to get your big discounts locked in while you can. Stuck for a web address to register? Check out our domain name ideas blog post.

I’ll be available to help new and current members set up their websites if needed, and do some basic problem solving.

Finally, I feel a little worried that I’ll be missing out on all the fun, as I have to stay by my table near the café for most of the day. Please drop by and say “hi”, or come and see my presentation of 10 things (& Reasons) for Teachers to Blog. Enjoy the weekend.

#JALTCALL2017, 6 chances to win $130 of free website! Check this out & RT #JALTCALL

We’re offering a very special give-away for SIX JALTCALL Conference 2017 attendees. Simply share this post/link on either FaceBook, Instagram, or Twitter as detailed below. The prize is a HelloSpace.Me WordPress website, with 3Gb of storage and up to 5 databases (for up to five MySQL based web apps inc. WordPress; see specs here). This includes the webspace and domain free for the first year only. The webspace is normally valued at about USD$100 (see Compare Us for details), but the domain extension (TLD) can cost from USD$9.95 to over $50 or a lot more, and WordPress auto install valued at $5.

Why?

Some people aren’t sure that a teacher and academic needs a blog, but blogs are now very important for us. We hope that this prize can help convince you, and importantly help you, help your students, and help your career. On Saturday, Andrew will be presenting 10 things (& Reasons) for Teachers to Blog between 2.10 and 2.40 in room H3A. Details.

How?

Remember that the audience at JALTCALL isn’t as big as the National conference, and so you already have a great chance.

Twitter:  Two winners. Be one of two randomly selected people who has retweeted this link AND followed us on Twitter. Of course, the retweet cannot change the text of the original tweet.

Instagram: One winner. Share a photograph your favourite way to relax, with #GoldenHourTGIF and follow us: @hellospaceme. We want to use the best photos on our blog each Friday to celebrate the weekend (see GoldenHour here). Please don’t share anything you wouldn’t like your mother to see. We will choose the most striking photo (or else be randomly selected).

FaceBook:  Three winners. Come to us. Be the first, tenth, or twentieth person to come to us with a domain name already chosen, and show us that you have shared this link on FaceBook. We aim to be set up in the sponsors area by the café at about 9am Saturday morning. This is the ONLY time in your life that you CANNOT wait for coffee! You MUST be the FIRST… or tenth… or twentieth!

Social Media Influencers:  We have something very, very special for you. See details here.

How to claim

Twitter:  We will try to contact you via Twitter, but please look for the announcement on this blog at about 3.20pm Saturday afternoon, and come and see us in person by Saturday 4.20pm. The announcement may be delayed if we’re busy at about 3pm. Please check our blog and Twitter feed for updates.

Instagram:  We will try to contact you via Instagram, but please look for the announcement on this blog at about 9.30am Sunday morning, and come and see us in person by Sunday 11am. Please check our blog and Twitter feed for updates.

All:  You MUST research your domain name (website address) ahead of time, and (in person at the conference) show us on your device that it is available. Do your domain research at: https://hellospace.me/host/cart.php?a=add&domain=register If you’re stuck for ideas, see our blog post on Choosing a Domain Name here.

Sorry:  This competition is available only to people who have not yet joined HelloSpace.Me, and only to JALTCALL 2017 attendees. Note, our prices are currently at a 50% discount, but these will go up after the conference. Win, or join now.

Can’t wait? Get your website now within 10mins >>>

Payments and tech support

If you don’t win, you can join, pay, and set up your own website by yourself; it is actually easy, see how on the Knowledge Base. Andrew will be at the conference by himself. We’re not sure how it will go, we don’t know if things will be quiet or busy, so if things are busy, please be patient… everyone needs to dash off to empty a bladder at least once a day. If you choose to join and set up your own website this week, but cannot use PayPal, Andrew can receive “mail in” payments in person at the conference. Note, we can only accept Japanese yen at the conference, and prices in yen will be fixed on Friday evening. For online payments, for the time being, we are only using PayPal, but have plans to expand our payment options in the future. Remember that the current ridiculously low annual fees we are offering are temporary and will go up after the conference, but once you sign up, you’ll keep that low price for life, so don’t delay (Compare Us). Additionally, Andrew can give some help and support in person with things like auto-install a web app like Mahara, Moodle, WordPress, and more.

Can’t wait? Get your website now within 10mins >>>

The fine print

Details of this give-away may need to be updated or adjusted, and may be done at any time, and without notice. All decisions are at our discretion, and all decisions are final. Some domain names and top level domains (TLDs), especially premium domains, may be refused due to excessive cost. Consequently, the domain registration (domain name and TLD) should cost less than USD$40 for the first year. Winners will be expected to pay for their website renewal themselves after about 12 months have elapsed. The cost will be fixed at USD$40 each year, plus domain registration/renewal, and any extras including SSL certificates. Domain registrations and renewal costs may change in the future. Your website plan cannot be upgraded until a payment for a new plan is made. Upgrades will be at the price of plans that are available at the time of the upgrade.

5 easy steps to keep student data safe

We live and teach in the 21st Century (though some colleagues are not aware of this), which means everything is digitised. Everything is digitised because it makes life easy. When we lived in the paper age (as opposed to the stone and the digital ages), we kept student records locked in filing cabinets, locked inside of teacher’s rooms, locked inside the school. So, it was kept from anyone who couldn’t pick locks. Now, we have hackers, and so a different way of keeping student data safe is required. It actually isn’t hard. There are of course many other suggestions, these are just for starters.

1. Use HelloSpace.Me

Ok, we’re biased. But listen why. We have our servers in Switzerland for a very, very, good, very important, ultra-good, super-important reason. All data and information are protected under gold-standard Swiss laws. Which means, unlike certain other anglophone countries, cannot be accessed by government, government agencies, third-party companies, and others. So, that means you need to have your website hosted by us. Here is the obligatory Buy Now link.

2. Use an SSL Certificate on your website

An SSL Certificate adds the “s” for “secure” to your http (literally). So your web address will be https:// which means, all traffic will be parsed through that secure portal. That means passwords, usernames, and info are kept hidden from prying eyes. This is particularly important if you’re using wifi almost anywhere, or using a LAN network anywhere. Sadly, you just can’t start typing in https into your web address. For it to work, you need to purchase a certificate and install it. An SSL certificate has secure mechanisms built in to protect you, and your website users. Here is the super useful Buy SSL Now link.

3. Use your own cloud or Tresorit

For storing info and sensitive records don’t rely on USB memory sticks, your own computer, or DropBox. USB memory sticks are easily lost or taken. Your own computer can be stolen, destroyed (think fire or virus), and DropBox is not secure. Instead, on your own website install and SSL certificate with ownCloud to keep all your data off-site (not away from your teacher’s desk), but easily accessible to only you. Whilst we and your website has great security, we have to admit that Tresorit is better. Tresorit is like DropBox, but way, way more secure and they are the supreme experts for online security. Tresorit is a Swiss company, and they also take privacy very seriously.

Woman working on a computer. CC0 Unsplash, https://www.pexels.com/photo/adult-blur-business-busy-271560/
Woman working on a computer. CC0 Unsplash, https://www.pexels.com/photo/adult-blur-business-busy-271560/

4. Lock your devices

What can prying eyes access? Your Twitter, your Google Docs, your dating app, and others. They especially want to access your email address first. Let’s say your Google Docs account (where you keep grades stored), the thief can reset your password, and so they need to receive a confirmation email and approve the change. Once that is done, then they can change the email address designated in the account. Once that is done, then you’ve completely lost control of the account. Keep prying fingers and eyes out by setting a password or passphrase. All devices like smartphones, computers, and tablets all have an auto-close feature. Even with Windows 10, if you haven’t used it for a while, the screensaver activates, and to re-enter, you shake the mouse and then can be prompted to enter a password. Additionally, iOS devices (like iPhones and iPads) can be set to auto-wipe all data that’s stored on the device (not in your accounts) if the wrong password was entered 9 consecutive times.

5. Use a strong password

We cannot stress this enough. We know it’s said ad nauseam on the net, but a lot of people don’t really understand what this means. When hackers got into Adobe and stole their password database, at first, Adobe said something like, “It’s ok, all the passwords are encrypted, they can’t see anything”. The hackers then got to work to crack the encryption. A password might be “fluffybunnies”, which is encrypted to something like “dksdiud8393iegh8e48ej”. So, each letter or number corresponds to a real letter in the real password. It’s impossible to figure out the encrypted version of the password, except if parsed output corresponds to a real dictionary word. As it turns out, many years ago a huge number of Adobe users set their passwords to “password”, “12345678”, “adobe”, “adobe123”, or similar. The hackers only needed to figure out what combination of encrypted version will return a hit on a dictionary word like “password” or “adobe”. In actual fact, hackers broke the encryption for the entire database in a matter of days because so many people could use the word “adobe” and “password” for their password. Consequently, avoid using dictionary words, and other words like “password”, “adobe”, and of course “hellospaceme”.

So, how do you make a secure password? It’s easy. Answer this question, “What is your favourite song?”. Let’s say it’s “Firework”, by Katy Perry. The lyrics are:

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on let your colours burst
Make them go, “Oh, oh, oh”
You’re gonna leave them all in awe

So, take the first letter of each word, and add a symbol or number. The number could be the year you set the password, or your age. So, your password would be, “byafcolycb17”. Even if the password is decrypted by a hacker, it still looks like nonsense, and will be rejected. You’ll have won; Hackers 0, You 1. Finally, don’t use the same password for everything. Yahoo has been hacked not once, but so many times that we have changed our passwords many times in the last few years. So, make it a rule to, at least, change all your passwords the day before your birthday every year.

Finally

Finally, there are more ideas and advice that can be given, but this is just a start to whet your security-appetite (wow, I feel so awkwardly geeky writing that). In any case, look out for more articles from us. If you liked this article, please share it with friends and colleagues through your favourite social media.

Golden Hour! It’s #TGIF time with #HeliumBeer

We’re busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy. However, the weekend is the chance to forget marking and lesson planning, collapse onto the couch without (too much) guilt, and catch up on some Netflix, and eat food that wasn’t prepared in the microwave. It’s a time to escape a little and fly free. Be it weekend sport, hiking, feeding seagulls, enjoying helium beer with a buddy, whatever you do to relax and unwind. Share with us what you do on your weekends. What we really want is your inspirational photos of the weekend, especially sunrise or sunset photos (we have to keep with the theme of “the golden hour”). Each week we will share the best of the golden hour photos to help kick off the weekend. Tell us what you got up to and share your photos here: Contact Us. Most of all, enjoy your weekend.

Tell us:

  • Subject: Golden Hour Submission
  • Your name (internet pseudonym is fine)
  • Event
  • Location
  • Date (day month year)
  • Comment or short story

We have never heard of helium beer before. Usually, thinking about listening to two regular guys talking about and analysing a beer, in German, would be the most boring thing you can imagine. But not this…

News this week

Our regular summary of news in education and technology, and you can contribute. Submissions of tips and stories will be gratefully appreciated (Contact Us), and don’t forget to tell us your name and sources.

Technology

In the US, there are moves by certain internet service providers (ISPs), particularly AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, and Verizon, to end net neutrality. Fortunately, groups like Battle for the Internet, Fight for the Future, Electronic Frontier Foundation and others are trying to protect net neutrality. Net Neutrality matters. Without it, companies like Comcast can slow down and even blog American’s access to certain websites, information, and even services. It could also make some services very expensive. Right now, you might pay about $10 a month for Netflix, can you imagine having to pay a lot more to Netflix, and then an extra to Comcast? It also means that ISPs can bias information access to certain political candidates. See this now famous 2014 video by John Oliver, which is still relevant today.

HelloSpace.Me

We are welcoming scholars and teachers who want to promote their research and classroom ideas with the community. We are accepting short articles on a variety of topics related to education, and technology in education. More info.

HelloSpace.Me will be at the JALTCALL annual conference in Matsuyama, 16th to 18th June. Please swing by and talk to us, or get sales and technical assistance.

We have some great Special Offers at the moment. See if you can benefit:

  • Special Offer of $150 worth of website for free for social media influencers: Announcement.
  • JALTCALL Conference delegates, we haven’t forgotten you. We have a special deal for you: get 50% off most webhosting plans, announcement. Offer ends soon.

Conferences

Submit your 2-3 line conference announcement at Contact Us.

JALT Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) annual conference will be 16th to 18th June 2017, at Matsuyama University, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. HelloSpace.Me will be there. We’ll be there, come and talk to us, or see our presentation on Why & How to Blog on Saturday 2.10pm in room H3A. Details at JALT CALL.

The Pan Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies and KOTESOL will be co-hosting their annual conferences at Sookmyung Women’s University, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, from 21st to 22nd October 2017. Call for submissions due 31st May 2017. Details at KOTESOL.

The British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL) annual conference will be held in the University of Leeds, from 31st Aug to 2nd Sept 2017. Submissions have closed. Details at BAAL.

The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) will hold their annual conference at Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, from 17th to 20th November. Submissions are already closed. Details at JALT.

The joint Applied Linguistics Conference for ALANZ, ALAA, and ALTAANZ has a call for submissions for their conference to be held on 27-29th Nov 2017, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland New Zealand. Close of submissions was 1st May 2017. Details via ALAA.

5 web apps teachers should consider

There is a lot of options available to HelloSpace.Me customers. Below are the five most recommended for teachers to use. These are relatively easy to install, manage, update, and are useful. Our members only need to login to their own cPanel, go to Softaculous, and choose what they want to install. Softaculous provides one-click automatic installation on to your own website, and doesn’t require any coding or technical skills. To see what is available, see Softaculous in your cPanel, or the KnowledgeBase.

1. WordPress

It’s obvious to suggest, but let’s look at why. Our first advertisement we posted was to the KOTESOL website, which was an animated banner repeating this mantra, “A teacher’s blog is their online textbook, noticeboard, career portfolio, and a lot more”. We believe that a blog is the most useful tool for this mantra, as it allows teachers to provide access to information, knowledge, and sources to students, parents, colleagues, and to potential employers. We have even written a page with +9 Reasons Why, which is actually currently on eleven reasons.

There are many blog software options. However, we strongly recommend WordPress because it is currently the most popular (about 30% of the world’s websites uses WP). Being the most popular comes with a number of important benefits, including the security and third party support. This means you can add a range of plugins to add useful features to the blog. Also, there is a huge range of themes, which means your blog can look as unique as you like.

Using WordPress, CC0 Pixabay, https://www.pexels.com/photo/business-coffee-composition-computer-265667/
Using WordPress, CC0 Pixabay, https://www.pexels.com/photo/business-coffee-composition-computer-265667/

Finally, there is a smartphone and tablet app that makes creating and updating your WordPress blog easy. Whilst your students are working, you can on your phone be updating the homework list, or correcting a minor error on the website. All you need is a device, the app, and an internet connection.

Want your own website to install these great web apps? Go here >>>

2. Mahara

Mahara describes itself as an ePortfolio System; we call it a Learning Management System (LMS). Most people will say that Moodle is the best LMS. It is popular, or popularly known; however, in our experience, it is visually unattractive, and so students are actually less inclined to use it. If the software looks good, then they’ll more easily, more frequently, use it. Consequently, Mahara has the edge over Moodle.  Furthermore, third-party Moodle apps are often behaviouristic, rather than humanistic, in nature. In contrast, Mahara allows for collaborative work, making it more humanistic (and more Vygotskian). It allows students to record evidence of their learning, and stores it for your easy access. Additionally, there is a Mahara app available for your smart device that allows you to create content on your Mahara site. You can add images, video, and journal entries. More info at Mahara. Other honorable mentions include Chamilo and Claroline.

3. ProjectSend

With Softaculous, it is really easy to install ProjectSend on your own website. ProjectSend is a great way for your students to upload electronic copies of their work for you. If you need an electronic copy of assignments for plagiarism checking, for paperless marking, providing feedback, whatever, this software is perfect. It’s also a great way to share files with your classes. Language teachers can create their own audio samples of pronunciation lists or dialogues, and share them with their students to practice listening skills. Find out more at ProjectSend.

4. OwnCloud

DropBox is not an option for everyone for a variety of reasons (see next weeks blog story). So, why not host your own cloud storage on your own website? It is easy to install. ownCloud on your own website is a great place to keep and store handouts that will be accessible from any internet connected device.  And yes, there’s an app for that, too (see the Apple AppStore). You can share folders so sharing files is much easier. Hosting OwnCloud gives you far more control, than other commercial options. Learn more at OwnCloud.

Want your own website to install these great web apps? Go here >>>

5. LimeSurvey

Install this on your own website, and use this for asking for opinions or to assist in a class research project. Develop students’ statistical and informational literacy. Use this to get feedback from students, or to check their comprehension. Researchers can even use this for their projects. Learn more at LimeSurvey.

Bonus: Open Conference Systems

Are you a member of a teacher’s organisation, and you need to host a conference, organisation publication, or more? You can easily install your own Open Conference Systems onto your own website. You can issue a call for abstracts, manage reviewers, manage acceptances, and a lot more. Find out more at Public Knowledge Project. Similar to this is Open Journal Systems, which assists in managing journal submissions and publications. Learn more at PKP/OJS.

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Advice

To avoid conflicts between software installations, we strongly recommend all members to do the following:

  1. Backup any web apps you currently have installed
  2. Create a new subdomain (in cPanel), for instance /blog or /lms
  3. Go to Softaculous and install it into that subdomain.
  4. Do not use “admin” as the administration username, as it is the obvious one that hackers will use.
  5. Use a secure but memorable password.

A subdomain is like a separate filing cabinet, so files don’t get mixed up. The downside is, you may need to install a separate SSL certificate onto it. This might not require any additional purchase; try it and find out.

Often these software packages will use MySQL as the database system. Each new package you install will have it’s own database in MySQL, and make sure the username is unique. For instance, for WordPress do not use “WP”, as it is the name that hackers will target, but something like “WP007”. The WP is so you know what it means, and the number is meaningless, but makes it much, much more difficult for hackers to discover. All hosting packages have a limited number of MySQL databases allowed. Check your plan to see if you need to upgrade or not.

Most of the software we mentioned above are free and open source. Some require payment or subscriptions. Most allows you to customise at a fee. HelloSpace.Me and Softaculous only make it easy for you to install these web apps, and all other responsibility is shared between you and the software creator.

Finally, we really recommend checking YouTube for introduction videos and demonstrations on how to setup and use the software. Of course, most web software we make available for you is free, so try installing something, try it, and then uninstall it later if you don’t like it.

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