Happy Monday FlockHosters! First things first, a follow up on the server migrations, they went smoothly! Getting data moved around is time-consuming, and some minor hiccups with DNS and reverse DNS caused some minor headaches for a few customers, it was all quickly resolved and as it stands things are running smoothly!
So with things on the up and up, let’s move forward. A few announcements today:
So I’ve hinted around at the changing of pricing to skip the whole business vs. personal packages, why have two? Why make it complicated? Let’s stop. Here’s the new pricing:
1 Package – Business or Personal:
- $7 a month
- $6 a month (Semi-Annual)
- $5 a month (Annual)
Obviously, the savings is in pre-payment of a year, but even at $7, you can do any application, business or personal! Church hosting remains free, and with this change, a few other perks come into play for ALL customers (Church Hosting too!)
The actual plan will be announced May 2nd, with (Lord willing!) a new FlockHosting.com update! So stay tuned to what it will include, but for everyone here are a few more things to enjoy!
Enhanced Managed WordPress
Continuing to be a free add-on, this has just gotten a HUGE update, over the weekend I’ve deployed over 2TB of backup storage off-site, no longer are backups stored on your hosting package + some new security plugins as well as general maintenance scripts which will help automate and streamline your WordPress Installs.
You’ll also note it in your WordPress plugins as Managed WordPress now. Upgrade has allowed a lot of goodies. I’ll be working them into production over the next few weeks as the backup system takes hold and a few other things come into play including security added in for you and regular scans to alert me to problems.
Affordable VPN Add-on
While this is slated to launch June 1, I’ve settled on this idea as an add-on for not just this new package but any active customer at a yearly fee of $12. A dollar a month – and with a quick install of software, you’ll be running securely at your local coffee shop on shared network as you are traveling. Completely secure to help keep peering eyes from peeking in.
If you do a lot of work at Coffee Shops, Traveling, or in general away from your home network, this will work great to help keep you secure!
Free SSL Certificates
As of today, all customers can find a Let’s Encrypt icon in their cPanel; this allows you to setup SSL on any of your configured domains at no cost what-so-ever. $0. Now these certificates only last a few months, then get auto-renewed – If you want a traditional certificate I do provide them at $30/yr but if you want a secure link to log in and manage your blog over SSL, it’s free, it’s quick and easy.
The certificate is also secure enough for taking online donations and will pass PCI compliance, so if you are running CloudFlare or similar applications for their SSL system, take them out of the loop and do it yourself! It’s free, and the system will keep you current and secure!
Going live on Friday, I’ll make an official post then, but as I said in the previous video updates, I do want to have a strong community here at FlockHosting.
If I can count on you as a prayer warrior, I’d greatly appreciate it!
Last but not least…
T-Shirts, Mouse Pads, Key Chains – I want to get you guys decked out with FlockHosting gear. I used to have a CafePress store ages ago, but never took off. I’m looking for some new designs, as well as building up a stock of goodies to give away.