An Update on Chuck

Some of you may of seen the Facebook Post:

On Thursday morning after trying to feel better I ended up getting sick so bad that there was what appeared to be dried blood coming up so a trip to the ER was set – my internet access was sluggish inside the hospital and not really prepared for a hospital stay, I didn’t even have a charger to my name! Thankfully I eventually got one of those, but still no solid internet access aside from being able to have server monitors text in if anything went down.

As I know some have told me many times in the past decade:

This is just my website, take care of YOU

For some of you your website is your business, it supports your family, it supports community outreach, and I know it’s important, so I continued to monitor through every 6 hour blood draws, and even after being put under for a procedure I was told that I still looked at my email (mind you I don’t remember this) and was upset someone was having email issues – FlockHosting is a priority to me, but for me to keep it a priority I do need to take care of me.

Diagnosis is Esophagitis (more info) which could be a number of causes but in the coming weeks with my GP & now new GI guy, I’ll be exploring how I can ensure this doesn’t continue to happen, sleep is one thing I’m working on but a 9 month old doesn’t always like to keep similar schedules :) diet too is going to need to change-it-up a bit, but not too afraid of that, but change can be good.

Thank you to all of you for your patience and prayers, and I’d ask for your continued prayers over the next few weeks and months as things change and improve! I’m going to do my best as always to ensure you guys are all up and running and services work smoothly!

If you have any issues still going and you’ve not brought them to my attention because you don’t want to overwhelm me, please open a ticket and set the priority appropriately, I’m slowly working through 250+ emails in total, so I’ll get there, but tickets are the easiest way to track what you guys need help with, so don’t feel it’s too much, I promise not to do more than this body can handle right now, because even now I think I simply need to get a prescription into the pharmacy then I’m going to get a few more hours of sleep. :-)

Thanks for reading & praying! More updates soon!

New FlockHosting.com!

FlockHosting.com has been updated! Fresh look, some new services, and more on the way! For now though I’ve added a few new add-on’s for current customers to, when you order a new account or when you check the available add-on’s in your account you can now choose from these two options:

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Managed WordPress is here! For $10 a month FlockHosting will fine tune and secure your WordPress based site, see the new site for details! But too if you are wanting you can sponsor a church by adding $1 extra to your monthly bill!

Other new additions such as Email Servers is a great new addition, and Reseller Access to manage and create your own accounts without a need to sign-up all of your accounts, you become your own hosting company!

More is on the way, but going into the month of May I do need to ask for some help!

What’s Going On….

What started out as a simple idea “Hosting Churches for Free…. I can do that” has grown! With even the new hardware I’ve reached the point where when I get 2-3 orders a week and currently 5 orders pending free domains & free hosting – I need help.

The thing about doing a ministry to churches like this is everything else is going to come under attack, and while I’ve had a church or two get hacked, my business as a whole has seen a huge increase in attacks, one this past weekend took out an entire server for one of my customer’s for several hours, not good – My primary computer is starting to get glitchy, and finances are tight (9 month olds are expensive!) :)

So if you could lend a hand, here’s the list in priority:

#1 – Prayer

I need your prayers, if you could tack Me, My Family, & Business into your prayers, I could use it! Try juggling a 9 month old & trying to deal with an outage, stressful for sure.

#2 – Promote

I don’t have a huge advertising budget and I’d love if you could help promote FlockHosting and help really bolster things up to where I can build up Church Hosting, and provide a new batch of customers with great hosting!

#3 – Donate

Yes it’s actually #3 on my list, while I would love for someone to just donate $10,000 and really fund Church Hosting for this entire year & growth of it – I’d love for that need to be on someone’s heart and it just happen as God see’s fit, if you’re that person then please by all means feel free to donate and lend a hand to grow past 200 churches hosting!

More to come!

I’ve gotten a few requests for SSL Certificates, Dedicated Servers, and Website Design, more is on the way, I just wanted to get the new site online and really put out the note that FlockHosting could really use your help!

The Wrap-up!

fh-giftAnd the winners are:

  • Brenten G. wins a ASUS C200MA-DS01 Chromebook
  • Mike S. wins a Chromecast
  • Gordon D. wins a Chromecast

Which means we had 1 leftover from each event, I still have a Chromecast in reserve & we didn’t see the final spot for the Founders Club taken – but never fear! More fun things are coming with a new attempt at Crowd Funding for Church Hosting & our usual fun with customer appreciation, and other goodies I have floating around in my head :)

Thanks to all our new founders & Brenten, Mike and Gordon for having some fun on Tax Day with Me!

Tax Day Happy!

A little behind my window of posting, but none the less I’m here! Let’s get on with making today a bit lighter and fun, vs dread and worry!

Today is all about giving happy vs. worrying about the tax man! (I say this as I’m in the final leg of finishing my taxes, so hopefully your posts will help me too!) So here’s a few examples:

Hope this brought you a smile today! Remember God's in Control! #flockhosting

Hope this brought you a smile today! Remember God’s in Control!  #taxday #flockhosting

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The best things in life are free! Hosting for your church is one of them! www.flockhosting.com #taxday #flockhosting

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Romans 8:28 – No matter what happens on #taxday God is still God, and He’s in control! #flockhosting

Doesn’t have to be these exactly but light hearted, verses, encouragement, and through the day you can do up to 5 posts with the hashtag #flockhosting in your tweet or post – at the end of the day all entries are a name in the hat, and I’ll randomly select 4 winners, then from those 4 I’ll select 1 for the Chromebook and remaining winners will get Chromecasts!

This contest is open to anyone! Not just FlockHosters, so as long as your Tweet & Post are visible and meet the guidelines, you have a chance to win one of these great prizes! So get out there and post, if you’re worried I won’t see feel free to post a direct link in the comments below.

As for me I’m off to finish my taxes! Happy Tax Day All!

Founders Club + Church Hosting + Tax Day!

Here we are on Tuesday morning-ish, drawing closer and closer to the 15th and the end of a 10.4% discount code (1040EZ) & the Founders Club’s final 2 spots coming to a close, not to leave out Church Hosting which is continuing to grow… grow… grow! Few things to go over so let’s break it up

Founders Club

2 spots remain to join the ranks of this exclusive club, why do I call it “Founders Club” well it’s been part of a long-time idea for FlockHosting, to have a group of folks who help build FlockHosting, and $200 while gives lifetime hosting, it does bolster funds for FlockHosting in the short-term to build services and grow things like Church Hosting!

So if you’re dragging your feet because $200 is a lot of money, well think of these perks in addition to not having a hosting bill for your hosting:

  • 15% off all domain renewals & future hosting services (Email, VPS, Dedicated, You name it!)
  • Exclusive Free FlockHosting Gear – Shirts, Mousepads, and Hats planned.
  • Early Beta Access to New Services at No Cost.
  • Special Package Upgrades (More Storage, New Services, All at no cost!)
  • Random Perks Applied to other hosting accounts in your account, for instance Brenten may not of noticed that his other hosting account received a year renewal – No Cost – who knows what I’ll do next, maybe a mail server? VPS for a Designer who is in the Founders Club? Possibilities are endless!
  • More planned down the line!

It may not seem like much but those of you signing up for what seems like a spectacular deal of Lifetime Hosting – you are helping lay the foundation of FlockHosting today, for a stronger FlockHosting tomorrow, and if I can help build up your website be it a ministry, business or even a personal blog, let me return the favor!

Now I am not sure Founders Club spots will return, this time around was for a big foundational need, still not completely met, but it’s helped out a TON, so get in on this amazing deal to help not only you with your bottom line, but too help build FlockHosting’s services like Church Hosting to support even more churches! We nearly need another server… more on that next!

Church Hosting

It’s a passion of mine. I’ve greatly enjoyed the over 100+ churches who currently utilize Church Hosting, some are a delight to work with, while others are so self sufficient I don’t even know they are there except for the fact their website is getting traffic!

So it’s getting time to grow again, the current server while could likely handle another 100+ websites, it’s getting crowded, and I want Churches to enjoy speed not clogged lines. Let’s keep the message flowing free! Can you help raise some funds for a Server + Backup?

If you are not up for the $200 price tag of the Founders Club, then maybe a $10 donation? The donation buttons are still up on the old Crowd Funding Site, it’s secured with SSL, so feel free to donate, it’s not pretty – but never fear a full crowd funding plan is coming!

Tax Day!

For most you wouldn’t think this is a day of rejoicing – oh but it is :) So to that end instead of being someone posting “Ugh Tax Day!” share a little joy – Post something uplifting and you can get a chance to win one of the following:

  • A Google Chromebook
  • 1 of 3 Google Chromecasts

It’s Google Tastic I know! But first thing in the morning (as in I’ll have it scheduled for 12:01 AM) a post will go in how you can share positivity on a day which can be stressful! Not creative, never fear, I’ll have formatted posts you can share from FlockHosting on Twitter & Facebook, you tag FlockHosting back – and you’re entered to win! Want to be sure I got it? You can always email the special address noted in the contest post.

Normally this is open to FlockHosting Customers only, but this time that’s different, FlockHosting’s going to spread a little joy too – ANYONE may post! Winners will be randomly selected and if at the end your Facebook or Twitter account is selected then I’ll get some details for shipping (United States Only) – so this time around maybe a few more folks will join in the fun to make Tax Day a little less depressing.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more! Have a BLESSED Day Today!