Server Adjustments and a Promo!

So some changes coming slowly as I roll out the Customer Appreciation Upgrades – while everyone is getting some additional storage and bandwidth – I am making some changes under the hood to all servers, what are those changes? Here’s a breakdown per-service:

Webserver:

  • Removing Frontpage Support 100% from the fleet – it has not been supported and likely in time will become a security risk. However webDAV support is active on all servers so you can manage/publish your website with Frontpage just need to adjust things to a webDAV connection!
  • PHP Upgrade – Going to move all servers from 5.2. builds (which ended support in 2010) to 5.3 – so a good time to ensure your scripts are up to date! But if you hit any snags, assistance will be available to help get upgraded.
  • Ruby Activated on all accounts/servers – Some have asked about the Ruby Platform, some accounts/servers had it as a new build, however going to roll it out for general use and access. Unsure about ruby? Here is some info about it.

Database:

  • Upgrading MySQL to 5.x builds – will still offer support for 4.x configuration options and password support, however to stay safe & secure in the long-run this will be happening to all servers by years end. If you have any concerns? Please touch base with me.
  • Adding PostgreSQL to all servers, a few customers have requested it, and it is rolled out in a few configurations – this will be added for all, cPanel will reflect options for databases as well.

MailServer:

  • Migration from Courier IMAP -> Dovecot. Uses fewer system resources, and has some great configuration options – too some Blackberry support – and has worked well on newer server configurations.
  • Continued Adjustments on ASSP filtering, going to have a video guide next month of some tips and tricks to get things even more fine tuned for you!
  • Full SSL support with signed SSL certificate for server hostname – if you want to go SECURE connection change your email settings from mail.yourdomain.com to the server hostname, ie. If you login to cPanel and it becomes “shepherd.flockhosting.com” that’s your server’s hostname.

File Access:

  • Begin offering of Jailed Shell to established customers – this will be announced in greater detail soon.
  • webDAV support for WebDRIVE for all customers.
  • SSL FTP – You can connect securely to FTP using the server hostname.

Billing:

  • Continued Growth of Tutorials in Knowledge Base
  • Improved Integration of Communicate Options into your Profile
  • Guides on setting up Authorized Users to your account
  • Loyalty Group for Discounts & Special Sales

But that’s the list – this will all begin working thru the day, watch in the evenings on Twitter/Facebook/Announcements on billing for heads up on detailed maintenance which may require some minor downtime with a server reboot – I will be doing my best to plan these out and try to give at least 7 days lead time so you are aware of something coming up.

The Promo Code!

It’s fall! And why not a promo! Thru November 2nd the promo code ITSFALL will get you 15% off your oder! This is a one time discount, so if you want savings on a larger scale, snag 6/12 months of service and you’ll save even more! No limit on number of uses, share with a friend!

In closing….

I want to say thanks again to all who have showed support for me in the upcoming end of my Day Job, I really appreciate the emails, chats, etc. been very supportive! I know God has a plan for all of this, and I know that I am going to be putting in even more time to FlockHosting, some great ideas coming in from fellow FlockHosters which I want to see come together! So stay tuned! Good things ahead, and your continued prayers as always are greatly appreciated!

Server Update Rollout

My apologies for the lack of server schedules last Friday, my father went in for shoulder surgery, and I was asked to bring a message Sunday at the church he pastor’s so got a little sidetracked on message prep! But Dad is doing much better and life is all slowly calming down (now if only our heat wave would end, I’d be set!) 🙂

On with the server news though, as noted not all servers are up for this new setup – but they have some fun coming during Customer Appreciate Month with all other servers – so stay tuned for that coming up VERY soon! Each server will have an estimated 2 hour outage, now this may end up being considerably less! But adding some additional time just in case something comes up during upgrades.

  • Praise: August 24th – 11pm (Pacific)
  • Solomon: August 31 – 11pm (Pacific)
  • Sputnik: September 1 – 11pm (Pacific)

Now more goodies are coming over the Customer Appreciation Month, few new additions to services and some additional resources, building the final plan for the 4 weeks of fun! Hope to have a lot of goodies for everyone new and old to enjoy, and for all customers a little something special, where I can wing it! So stay tuned! If you aren’t already join me on Facebook, Twitter, the Newsletter or the YouTube Channel which should be updated this week too!

Again thanks for your patience! Stay tuned for more goodies to follow!

Updates Tonight

Across all servers doing some software updates, may cause brief outages (~5 minutes) as things restart/refresh with new versions, some security, some performance adjustments as well as the ground work to new firewall configurations!

If you feel your site is out for an extended period of time, please do not hesitate to open a trouble ticket. Prayers and Patience Appreciated.

Welcome to the New Blog!

I have been working on re-locating the blog to it’s own space for some time, may not seem like a big to-do, but I wanted to achieve a few goals:

  • Off location of major segments of FlockHosting servers – so if even FLOCKHOSTING.COM were to be offline, the site would continue to function so I could spread updates.
  • Multi-Media & Storage – Great for tips, guides, and resources provided by other members.
  • Easy to Tie in Social Networking – Facebook and Twitter are the two key areas tied in here, which in time I hope to grow and do specials specifically to each.

The blog does carry it’s own look, the new FlockHosting.com should be online soon with all sorts of new options and information, not to mention it’s own look and feel – so stay tuned! More things are on the way!

Faith Outage

I do apologize for the outage this morning, the team at the datacenter worked to try and resolve the problems as quickly as possible – sadly the issue wasn’t as clear-cut as one would hope in getting a server back online, several solutions were tried and seemed to work briefly – thus why some of you may of noticed things come back online, only to go offline again.

The latest fix appears to be the ticket, they of course as well as me are watching the issue closely – I do apologize for not putting information up on the outage as it happened, last night after a few months of mixed sleep, I got to sleep early, and apparently deep enough to sleep thru alarms going off that a server was down – thankfully I do have a team who keeps an eye on the servers and they were working on it even then, just no way to throw you guys updates.

I do appreciate the continued patience of folks as these moves/hardware issues have happened – I am very blessed with some amazing customers! If you have any questions about the outage or are having ANY problems, as always feel free to open a ticket.