FlockUpdate September 2016

Show Notes:

  • Last Show Recap
    • – 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


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, 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. 

FlockUpdate: July & August 2016


Show Notes:

  • The Recap from Last FlockUpdate.
  • FlockHosting – Out of Date. Updating soon!
  • Got a review of FlockHosting? Testimonial? Tell me!
  • Need help? Need something more? Get in touch!
  • Jonah! It’s free, it’s fancy, want to move over? Learn more about it!
  • Getting rid of External Forwarding by the end of 2016.
    • Using Gmail? Want to check your email from Gmail? Create an account and set it up
  • WordPress Hosting – It’s ready to speed up your WordPress Site!
  • Spam Experts – Enhanced Filtering and Outbound. Interested?
    • Need a Mailing List App? Few options out there, get in touch!
  • Unsure the next step on your website? Need Help? Pick my brain!
  • Let’s keep growing!

Meet WordPress Hosting!

So here we are with another new product offering. Now you may be saying to yourself:

Self, doesn’t FlockHosting already do WordPress Hosting?

And if you are familiar with how hosting works, the answer is yes, but this new product (which will be on the new as soon as I can) will be different, as the ONLY thing it will host is WordPress. That’s it.

The server is specifically configured to get the most performance out of WordPress, and throw in a few plugins and even better still. Let me show you with a real-world example, mainly my blog:


Now you’ll note it’s definitely not perfect, but as my own little slice of the world, it’s an outlet to relax and write, not out to win awards for speed. But I took a copy of the site, moved it to the new configuration and saw a big jump with only a small bit of effort:


Now you’ll note the URL is different, which is where the test site resides, and it’s pretty snappy. Quite the difference indeed! A 34 point jump in performance! And with some fine tuning I could do even more just using Plugins for WordPress!

Combine this with our Managed WordPress Plugin, we’ll help you stay up to date, secure, and offer some great plugins in that’ll help make your site fly at only the cost of hosting.

Now the kicker is the price:

  • $10/monthly -or- $100/yearly (saves $20)
  • 5GB Storage
  • 50GB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 30GB Email Access on Jonah
  • Free SSL Certificate
  • SFTP File Access
  • FlockHosting WordPress Management
  • WordPress Plugins for Streamlining
  • Help Integrating Piwik or Google Analytics

This is a specialized realm of hosting, it does not include the pile of options a system like cPanel offers, but with this package, you don’t need that complexity. I can migrate over your site, or if you are starting fresh you can sign-up and WordPress will be configured and deployed quickly!

If your WordPress install is important to you, let FlockHosting improve it’s performance and get you on track. I look forward to serving you!