15 Years of FlockHosting

Show Notes:

  • Amazing 15 years! Let’s celebrate!
  • Prizes Include (Only for FlockHosting Customers):
    • Key Chains – 50 45 Up for Grabs!
    • T-Shirts – 10  9 Up for Grabs!
    • Stickers – 250 249 Up for Grabs!
    • Google Home
    • Amazon Echo Dot
    • Video Projector Setup (Projector + Chromecast)
    • Starbucks Gift Cards
    • Amazon Gift Cards
    • Redbox Gift Cards
    • 15 Years Hosting
    • 3 x $200 Founders Club for Lifetime Hosting (New Founders Club Members Only)
    • 15% off Coupon (Good through May 15 2017) – Code: ITS15YEARS

Now here’s how we are going to get this going – the top 3 in green, are simply up for grabs! Once the stock is done, it’s done! To request it simply email me to request (Include Shirt Size), shirts will be up for purchase after the giveaways are all done so if you want a Shirt they’ll be up in a tiny WooCommerce Store, Stickers & KeyChains – send me a self-addressed stamped envelope, and I’ll send you back some goodies!

Blue items are entry based – you get an entry for just being a customer – so congrats, you’re all entered to win!  However if you want a few more entries into the fun here’s what you can do:

  • Tweet about your experience with FlockHosting (Tag FlockHosting or #FlockHosting15years)
  • Facebook about your experience with FlockHosting (Tag FlockHosting or #FlockHosting15years)
  • Instagram a video about your experience with FlockHosting (Tag FlockHosting or #FlockHosting15years)
  • Post a Comment here on the blog or YouTube comment.
  • Post ANYWHERE online about FlockHosting and send me the link!

You are not limited on entries, just ask you to not go spam crazy, but you can enter and post up until May 5th 2017, and I’ll tally the votes and have a set of winners announced on May 12th.

Lastly the Founds Club is first come, first serve – it’s not going to just go away, it’s here until every package is sold.

That’s it! Look forward to seeing what you guys share! Have fun!

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!

 

 

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!

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 FlockHosting.com 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:

before_wordpress_hosting

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:

after_wordpress_hosting

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!