How’d you like to control your own Cloud Server. It’s easy and free with OwnCloud

While you can configure this on a Linux computer at home I have opted to install OwnCloud directly on my Web Host which is GoDaddy.com. Heck I’m already paying for it. Might as well toss a cloud server up there as well and store my files off site.

So do this. Go grab the install file here.

Click on the one that says Windows Zip File.

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Now go to your GoDaddy Account like this. I put mine on OutsideAsylum.com. Click on your domain.

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Now over on the right it says “MANAGE”. under Account Snapshot. Click that.

Note in the bottom right hand corner of the below image that I have an SSL certificate installed (purchased from GoDaddy). While this isn’t a must it allows you to make a secure https:// connection to your Cloud. Don’t throw your naked selfies on an http:// server. You’ll regret that.

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Now click the gray button that says “UPLOAD FILES”

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Yer Doing It. Now upload that file to a folder. I made one called own cloud6

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Right click on your file and extract to the main folder called Webroot. It’s the highest folder on the chart. Then click OK

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That’s it!

Now go to http://yourserveraddress.com/owncloud

In my case it is https://outsideasylum.com/owncloud


You’ll see a login screen. Just make an account. You basically input a user name, a password and decide which database software you want to use. SQLite or MySQL. I used SQLite.


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On the first login you’ve given the opportunity to download some apps. Do it. I downloaded the owncloud app for Mac OS X right away. Let it to its thing and it will make a folder on your hard drive. Just drag your files in there with the app running and it will auto sync.

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Here’s what the app looks like on Mac OS X.


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Here’s what the web interface looks like.

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Note the contacts, calendar, and bookmarks apps within as well. Amazing hunk of free software. And best of all I have 100 Gig of storage from my GoDaddy account. Go. Daddy.


NOTE TO OS X MAVERICKS USERS

The bookmarks are not visible once you save them. Go to your web host ftp and navigate to /owncloud/apps/bookmarks/css and open the bookmarks.css file


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Under the section “right content” add this:

overflow: visible;

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Your bookmarks will now be visible. Yer Welcome.