FlockUpdate for April 2017

Show Notes:

  • Busy Busy Busy Busy Month!
  • Migrations Completed – How do I tell you about migrations? Text? Email? Newsletter? Smoke Signals?
  • Outages – Not fun, but things have stabilized! Unsure of server statuses? View the status of servers Here.
  • FlockHosting.com – New site soon! Latest before the end of May.
  • PayPal Fixed – If you still show outstanding invoices you paid, please open a ticket and let me know the transaction number and I’ll get you squared away.
  • New Software – CacheWall caching, and SiteMush now installed and active on your cPanel login, take a look!
  • 15 Years of FlockHosting
    • Some Giveaway information on Wednesday.
    • Founders Club – 3 Spots open – $200 for a single hosting package which is LIFETIME hosting. Last time this will EVER be offered!
    • Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Starbucks Gift Cards, etc. keep an eye out!
  • Need time with me? Video Conference or Just a call? You can now schedule some time. You can find this on the Communicate Page too!
  • Have a great last week of April! Till next month! Have a good one!

Why Migrations?

I’ve gotten the question a few times:

“Why are we migrating again? Didn’t we just do this last year?”

Yes, we did. So why again? Let me explain.

The Reasons

Most of the time servers just “work” but as of late some performance issues, security patches, software upgrades, and customer complaints have led to this new migration.

A year ago we made the big jump not because I wanted to, but because of the power issues we were having with a data center the move was not desired but required. My priority to customers outweighs my need for sleep, funds, and I have a commitment to ensure things run smoothly.

Now things as of late have been mixed, network issues, blacklists, etc. but these come and go, however, a year ago the plan was to make a big move to new hardware with SSD’s. Having everything on the newest CloudLinux/CentOS so we’d have longer lifespans on software and updates – but when you can’t even keep the lights on, and some clients leave? You move.

Why this time?

Honestly? It is time. We jumped from the old configuration to the same exact thing, just different location to get out of a datacenter who couldn’t keep the lights on, we moved to fresh hardware, but the configuration stayed the same.

This time I have planned this out for over 6 months. I’ve toyed with various methods, trying out the new features of cPanel, Cloudlinux, and I have reviewed the hardware out there ensuring that in all 4 servers moving, things will run smoothly, high performance, and have room to expand if needed without having to do another huge migration anytime soon.

Servers Are Closed.

Now, this is some news I didn’t share in the FlockUpdate, but I’ll touch on it here. Grace, Lilly, Church and Fellowship after the migrations are closed. No more accounts will be added to them.  I have 3 new servers coming in after next week’s migration, Church Hosting (Sanctuary), WordPress Hosting (Press) and Standard Hosting (Ezra) – these should go online within 2-3 days of the migrations being done and will start accepting customers right away!

Yes, 3 server types! Here’s what each has different:

  • Church Hosting – Larger Storage to store church email & files.
  • WordPress Hosting – Optimized for WordPress only, no other website types.
  • Standard Hosting – The classic does it all platform.

So things should grow nicely into these new servers. I am definitely looking forward to WordPress hosting, going to open it up for more testing after migrations so stay tuned for how you can test it out!

There you have it! The reasons, the plan, I actually wanted to type this out because if I talked about it all in the FlockUpdate, we’d all still be watching it as it’d be hours long! 🙂 If you have any questions about migrations or input what-so-ever, post a comment or get in touch with me!

 

 

The 14th Year Fun!

Let the Fun Begin!

So I tried to sneak in some fun. However, my weekend got away from me, and posts, contest, etc. all didn’t happen, so let us start the week off right, here we go!

Giveaway Goodies

This was completed by Marvin C. which decoded the message offering a free year of service, however, Marvin is a Church Hoster who had no further hosting needs, so that leaves a year of hosting up for grabs, so it’ll be going into the pot of prizes which includes:

  • 1 Year of Hosting (New $7 package)
  • 1 Year of WordFence Premium
  • 1 Year of Email Server Hosting (25gb package)
  • 1 Year of Linux VPS Hosting (512 Package)
  • 1 ASUS Chromebook
  • 1 Mystery Gift TBA Friday

How do you get one of these? Comment/Tweet/Post to anywhere you see this is posted! So you can enter for G+, The Blog, Twitter, and Facebook! Just post a hello, a mini-review of FlockHosting, you name it! Post something between now and Friday, May 6th, 2016 and I’ll be picking some winners!

All winners will be announced May 9th, 2016. You MUST have active FlockHosting service to take part, no outside entries, these prizes and specials are for FlockHosting customers only, they are meant as a THANK YOU for another great year!

Special Hosting

Now for those of you who want a deal have I got one for you! $50 for one year of service for one of the following:

Email Server (Normally $600/yr)

  • 50GB of Storage
  • Webmail
  • Your Domain(s)
  • Your Email Account(s)
  • No domain limit, no account limits.
  • Full DKIM & SPF Support
  • OwnCloud for File, Contact and Calendar Sync

VPS Account (Normally $300/yr)

  • 50GB of Storage
  • Your Choice of Linux (Debian, CentOS, Ubuntu)
  • 512MB Memory
  • 4 CPU
  • 1TB Bandwidth
  • Choice for Upgrades

There will be 14 total of these for the $50/yr rate, and this rate goes with you, not a promo of “Here today, Gone tomorrow!”. You get it for the life of your account. So once 14 total sales are had these deals are gone!

All promos and giveaways are for active & in good standing FlockHosting customers! (Including Church Hosters!) So if you want these specials, you must have an account. If you sign-up and are NOT a FlockHosting customer you order will be rejected.

Thank you all for a great year! Can’t wait to celebrate our 15th year next year – hope to make its giveaways and specials the best yet!

Migration Friday (Church & Grace)

I noted in the most recent FlockUpdate that there would be a migration on Friday and it’s nearly here!

I’ve moved a few accounts already and they have gone over smoothly (Thanks to brave testers!) the only in-between issue at this point is the hostnames. Since “grace.flockhosting.com” and “church.flockhosting.com” – still point to the active servers, and since folks check their email this way – it creates an issue for making this move quickly.

Grace Settings:

If you manage your DNS – the new IP is: 107.158.235.202

Simply point your A records to this new IP where you used to have: 107.189.34.98

Church Settings:

If you manage your DNS – the new IP is: 50.2.187.106

Simply point your A records to this new IP where you used to have: 107.189.33.250

For most of you thankfully it should not be an issue what-so-ever! Things are coming along awesomely, and performance has already improved since the cut-over as it stands, even with just a handful of accounts!

The official move is April 22, 2016 @ 10PM Pacific 

Some news is coming on Monday! So stay tuned! A sneak peak may be posted on Facebook or Twitter, so if you aren’t following, please do!

FlockUpdate: November 2015

Notes:

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Web Editor Next Month! Weebly will become a new tool from FlockHosting!
  • Email Rejections being dealt with! If you are having problems please contact me!
  • Church Hosting – Thank you for your donations!
  • Church Hosting – We don’t have limits! Church Hosting site being revamped to ensure folks understand it’s meant to be a blessing!
  • New Changes coming to FlockHosting for 2016!
  • No more founders club! But discount membership option coming soon!
  • Promo’s coming in December!