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!

Founders Club Returns

It’s time. The wait is over…..

Founders Club Returns.

fh-giftBack in 2013 an offer was made to give folks an opportunity to get their hosting bill paid off in one shot. One current package no matter the account size, you paid $200 and you were set. Not to mention a 15% off built in discount to any other hosting packages you may purchase along the way, so how was it not a good idea?

Well it is a small purchase window, only 2 FlockHosters have ever joined this club, Victoria & Chris – Two long time FlockHosters who enjoy a 15% discount on domain renewals, additional hosting packages, and in the billing system have a awesome colorful highlight to their names in the customer listing :)

So for the next 10 days (ending April 15th) you can get in on this awesome club, for a one time purchase price of $200 you can eliminate the hosting costs for a hosting package in your account – the current 10 days allows for a max of 5 people to come on board and join the ranks, but other perks are coming for Founders Club members this year, but we’ll talk about that another day. Offer is open for ANY FlockHosting Customer in good standing!

So to get signed up I figured make it simple:

Sign-up Here.

5 4 3 2 1 final person will have the opportunity. If you are a new customer wanting to get started, then why not enjoy 10.40% off your hosting till April 15th, by using promo code 1040EZ at check out and you’ll have this discount applied to your hosting!

If you have any questions post in the comments below or catch me on Facebook, Twitter or Email. I’ll be around!

2015 Quarterly Check-in (1st Quarter)

Greetings!

Here we are at April! I had lofty plans for weekly posts, and more in-depth postings to build things, a new FlockHosting.com and so much more in the pipeline, then life hit. For some of you who have figured it out, I’m a dad now, and with that comes a new type of late-night :-) No more always just poking at servers, but feedings and diaper changes!

What you may not know is you all already know her name, as we have 2 servers named after her – she’s beautiful and 8 months going on 9 months in April, she’s Lilly Grace Brown:

Okay ticket #20392, You're fixed!

Okay ticket #20392, You’re fixed!

But things while different doesn’t change the spirit or desire of things here at FlockHosting, simply means “It’s time to grow” just as Lilly is, it’s time to really step things up a notch and see what we can do to make FlockHosting grow not just on the ministry of free Church Hosting, but too in higher monthly revenues to support this growing girl’s needs for cute onesies, delicious formula, and of course what every little girl needs… A pony.

So to that end I have a few things to go over here today, so sit back and enjoy!

blog-post-wpmanagedManaged WordPress

For many many many many many years I’ve worked with customers to fine tune, repair, and manage WordPress installs, so why not make it into a service. I’m wanting to grow, and for those of you who are growing your WordPress installs, you may not know all the tricks of performance or security – you are good at writing and keeping your site content up to date, let FlockHosting do the heavy lifting.

How much is this service going to cost? Just $10 more a month on top of your current hosting rate, and it will include some great plugins, some great tools, and enhanced security & backup to keep your site running smooth.

Full details coming soon to FlockHosting.com!

Image 2015-03-30 at 1.21.25 PMFlockHosting.com

It’s been awhile since the branding got updated, subtle but cleaner, and I had planned to quickly release a website to follow, but with services like Managed WordPress I wanted to get all my ducks in a row, and thus ducks are still lining up!

The new site will introduce a few new products, one is actually “Email Servers” which I hadn’t planned, but demand has been there, and I’m already branching out to a few folks who have the need – when can you expect to see it? Lord willing by Friday, I’m hoping tonight and tomorrow to really get some final artwork done and content written up and online – hopefully it’ll be polished and ready to go by Friday!

screenshot 2Church Hosting

I want to grow grow grow, but currently my funds say no no no! 8 months ago I created a crowd funding site to get things rolling to raise $10,000 to really kick up Church Hosting a notch, sadly not one donation – but then again 8 months ago this little girl was joining the world so time really put into it for getting the word out there and seeing if folks really wanted to help – probably wasn’t what it should’ve been, a more stable 8 month old who’s biggest problem is teeth at the moment should allow for some bigger pushes.

What is it I want $10,000 to do? The top 3 would be:

  • Email Only Service (similar to Google Apps)
  • Massive Storage
  • Pre-Fab WordPress Setup (fill in the blanks!)

I want to really make it so incredibly easy for churches to get going, the only emails I’ll get will be “God Bless You!” and smile knowing God’s churches are getting online and functional super-easy! I want collaborative email servers with shared calendars and contacts, not to mention I’d love to have a few more terabytes of storage to throw at churches with VIDEO and AUDIO archives!

Folks can still donate online view the crowdfunding site – but I’m hoping to really get something up for donations and fun here in the coming months, hopefully after taxes and a few more teeth I can do a crowd funding option proper!

work-n-manGrowing Growing Growing

Not only do I want to see FlockHosting grow, I need it to. It’s not just a business supporting me, it supports my family and growth of things like Church Hosting, what’s coming up is quite exciting:

  • Reseller Plans
  • VPS Servers
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Email Servers
  • Managed WordPress
  • Windows Hosting
  • and more!

I don’t want to slow down this year, while I know on occasion as 3 FlockHosting customers do offer motherly advice of “deal with this in the morning, go to bed!” I’m getting a new balance, a new burst of energy, and I’m excited about what growth will mean for my Family and for services like Church Hosting! I want to grow things to be amazing, stable and strong for all customers!

So stay tuned! I’m going to really focus on a few writing days where I can get a lot more of the posts I had hoped to get written up going for you guys, spending a lot of time writing for my ministry online called Light Unto Ministries and getting some great posts written up too! So a busy busy man with a busy busy life! Prayers are appreciated and anywhere and everywhere you can spread the word about FlockHosting, please do!