FlockUpdate November 2016

Show Notes:

  • Moved to a new home! Thus been busy! Projects + Moving = Tired
  • Weebly Farewell – Didn’t Work – No Pickup – Site Mush
  • Mail Deliverability – All Servers using MailChannels (Except Private Servers)
  • cPanel .60 Release, DNS, and more! Full Release Notes here!
  • Billing Upgrade this weekend! Quick Blip, then done.
  • Migration of Grace, Lilly, Church & Fellowship (Church & Grace SQL Issues – Moving in January, Lilly, and Fellowship in December)
  • New FlockHosting.com
    • New Pricing – $7ish range single package
    • WordPress Hosting – Improved Speed, Improved Tools, Simple Pricing
    • FlockHosting Design some ideas coming soon! Are you a designer? Get in touch!
  • VPS Pricing is going down considerably! New VPS tech, going to launch with the release of the new site!
  • New Gear and Giveaways coming soon! Lower prices for those who want the goodies, proceeds go to keep Church Hosting Running!
  • Have a great one and as always email or use the communicate page to get in touch!
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Where did October Go?

It is hard to believe that November is over this next week and December is quickly approaching! Where has the time gone?

A quick update for you, let’s do it bullet style:

  • FlockUpdate has been recorded, coming soon!
  • FlockHosting.com is getting a facelift & new pricing (Cyber Monday Sale? Maybe.)
  • Some new software installed on servers (FlockUpdate will have more info!)
  • Doing some Security Updates tonight, services may off/on as things happen, should all be brief (less than 90 seconds)
  • Billing System is finally getting upgraded this evening at 10 PM.

I’ll post some updates to Social Networks about when things are going on, but nothing should ever go offline. The upgrades should be brief, I do have at least two servers which need MySQL upgrades to make upcoming changes a lot easier – a lot of this is going to be in the FlockUpdate, hopefully re-recording tonight (for a 3rd time, because 3rd time’s the charm!) so hang tight!

Hope all of you that celebrated Thanksgiving are recovering nicely 🙂

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FlockUpdate September 2016

Show Notes:

  • Last Show Recap
    • FlockHosting.com – New Site Coming Soon!
      • Testimonials Welcome! Help folks know you love FlockHosting!
    • Jonah Working Well! Wanting a Mail-Only Server? We can move you over!
    • External Forwarding… Why?! It helps cut down the flow of spam from our servers -> other providers – help us shut them down. Keeping using Gmail, instructions from last FlockUpdate. Need help? Open a ticket.
    • WordPress Hosting – Slow uptake, want to test it out? Let me know!
    • Spam Experts on Hold.
  • Next Step on Your Site – Discuss it on FlockHosting Talk.
  • T-Shirt Sale! Get yours!
  • Email Deliverability Update – Improvements across the board, all servers migrated to MailChannels by Week’s End (09/23/2016).
  • From Chuck’s Desk – Upcoming Podcast to be released this Friday! Posting bi-weekly! Want to be on it? Get in touch! We’ll work out a topic useful to listeners & include some promo for you and your business!
  • Want some freebies? Keychains? Stickers? Business Cards? All you need to do is send in a self-address stamped envelope! I’ll stuff it full of goodies and get it coming your way! Just mail it to:
    • FlockHosting
      3501 Mall View Rd
      Suite 115-162
      Bakersfield,CA 93306

Look forward to talking with you guys very soon!

FlockUpdate: Quick Email Update

About Email Changes

So email continues to be a problem. Grace, Church, and Fellowship all have had a few tests which work without issue but requires a setup for each domain one-by-one. This solution launched to ALL of Lilly, in a single install method – No more one-by-one.

What this does is look for patterns of spam, so like incoming spam filters it filters, all the outgoing email to make sure it’s not something junk going out, thus making it easier to ensure mail has gone out cleanly!

There are some add-on’s I haven’t enabled yet, but it will give you the ability to find out why you had email dropped, but as it stands while I’m cleaning up, some of you likely have NO idea you are sending spam if your site is compromised. I’ll be emailing those with compromised sites as I find them.

This service like all those in testing is 100% free of charge. The goal long-term is to provide you guys with trouble-free email if at all possible! We’ve got Spam better for most with MX GuardDog, if testing continues well, we may have a fleet-wide solution for outgoing email as well!

Remembering 9/11

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Please be sure to keep those affected by 9/11 in your prayers.

T-Shirt Sales

If you follow FlockHosting on social networks you may have seen this beautiful thing:

Yes, I’ve decided to make a new FlockHosting shirt you can buy! Heck I loved it so much, I got me one already:

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Now the design above is only available for nine days. That’s it. The company I’m doing this through makes it, so I don’t have any up-front costs or anything else -but- I am hoping to throw in a few designs for FlockHosting. Over the next six months will be ready for Customer Appreciation Day/Week/Month (whichever I can schedule out correctly!)

This t-shirt, of course, is not the first design FlockHosting has ever had. Yes I’ve been dabbled with the shirt world before:

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Amazing right? This t-shirt is still up for sale on CafePress.com, however, trying something new, something hopefully I can keep up as the goal here is to help fund growth of Church Hosting.

We’ve reached SO many sites and helped many churches get online, operational but as always I want to grow more. – The previous fund’s folks have helped with has helped us reach two servers, over 400 churches, and I want-to-do-more!

So if you like, instead of using the old Crowd Funding Site (which is still fine! Some of you do!). However, if you want a comfy t-shirt (sweater coming soon) and soon some other fun hosting themed, as well as some cool designs I hope to work on, all proceeds will go towards Church Hosting growth!

I will be doing a fresh article this month on the new goals of Church Hosting, including some cool options for design, backup, etc.  So stay tuned, another FlockUpdate will be heading your way!

Lastly, if you have a design idea, I’d love to post a shirt a month or every two months, if your design is selected? You get a free print! And I’ll even throw in a $15 Amazon Gift Card! So submit any design ideas you have, if you need the logo click hereLegal Jargon: You submit it, FlockHosting owns it, we can reproduce it as needed.