FlockUpdate November 2016

Show Notes:

  • Moved to a new home! Thus been busy! Projects + Moving = Tired
  • Weebly Farewell – Didn’t Work – No Pickup – Site Mush
  • Mail Deliverability – All Servers using MailChannels (Except Private Servers)
  • cPanel .60 Release, DNS, and more! Full Release Notes here!
  • Billing Upgrade this weekend! Quick Blip, then done.
  • Migration of Grace, Lilly, Church & Fellowship (Church & Grace SQL Issues – Moving in January, Lilly, and Fellowship in December)
  • New FlockHosting.com
    • New Pricing – $7ish range single package
    • WordPress Hosting – Improved Speed, Improved Tools, Simple Pricing
    • FlockHosting Design some ideas coming soon! Are you a designer? Get in touch!
  • VPS Pricing is going down considerably! New VPS tech, going to launch with the release of the new site!
  • New Gear and Giveaways coming soon! Lower prices for those who want the goodies, proceeds go to keep Church Hosting Running!
  • Have a great one and as always email or use the communicate page to get in touch!

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

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Please be sure to keep those affected by 9/11 in your prayers.

State of the Server (2016)

I was asked recently as things calmed down if I could do a “State of the Server” address, and you know what? Sure thing. It’s been about two years since the last one, let’s talk about where we stand!

Server: Grace & Church

This past weekend Grace & Church got their migrations completed, customers are moved over, and backups from the previous are still in place for about another week then I’m going to purge and free up space once we are in the clear 100%.

So what did we do in the realm of an upgrade? Well, we went from a Xeon L5420 series of CPUto an Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3 – definitely a more modern CPU! The memory we are still at 16GB, but I’ve been working to fine-tune the CloudLinux Setup.

Upgrades to Network too – a completely different path out of Dallas vs. Atlanta, but too 1gbps ports vs. 100mbps ports.

Server: Fellowship & Lilly

These two kids have been on their newer hardware for a while now, still rocking the Xeon E3-1230 – just the v1 not the latest v3, but still running like a champ with 16GB of memory, and a fairly well tuned CloudLinux setup to ensure everyone is getting fair use.

Server: VPS Servers

All private VPS and Mail Servers are still using the older network and provider. The move is not as easy as packaging up a pile of accounts, doing this is going to take more time and will come likely in July/August. I am looking at if we continue using OpenVZ (which has served us well) or make the jump to KVM.

If you use the VPS or Mail Servers and have a thought – drop it in the comments below!

Server: Name Servers

Still running DNS spread out in 2 locations and clustered – I will note Grace and Church are not yet linked into the cluster just yet, but they will soon, and no matter where you are – we have a name server that is close and ready to respond!

Server: Managed WordPress & Backup

Managed WordPress just did a BIG upgrade, invested a lot into the system which helps keep your WordPress Blogs up-to-date! Includes some features which I’ll be rolling out in weeks to come including Wordfence & iThemes Security scans on a regular basis, as well as some spring cleaning of your databases to make sure your websites run smoothly!

We now have 3TB of storage across three separate backup servers – this is a continual upgrade and looking at adding at least two more TB of storage before years end! Staying ahead of the growth not just in Church Hosting, but too folks in paid hosting, and with the $7 package coming soon I’m betting, even more, growth!

That’s it! I am always looking to improve, grow and expand services, more goodies are coming as we grow this year! Stay tuned for more!

FlockUpdate: February, March and April 2016

Show Notes:

  • Busy 2016!
  • Outage in Feb [Link to Post]
  • Security Updates!
    • WordPress 4.5 is Here – Update! [Link to Post]
    • Managed WordPress – Create a user, open a ticket, paste in the login info and I’ll do the rest! (FREE!)
    • Wordfence Big Update! Worth adding! [Link to Post]
    • Update your Apps! If you installed via Softaculous choose update from within it!
    • AntiVirus Mac [Avast, Avira]
    • Anti-Virus PC [AVG, BitDefender]
  • Secure Email – Use Hostname vs. YourDomain.com
  • Yearly VPN Service – ~$12 a year for secure access for FlockHosting Customers
  • Social Network Posts – Uplifting Posts & Fun is coming very soon!
  • Weebly Updates Soon!
  • New FlockHosting.com is coming soon!
  • Non-Profit or No Non-Profit? Have any tips? Suggestions? Pros or Cons? Would love your feedback!
  • Server Revamps for Grace & Church – April 22nd
    • MySQL Databases in basic testing not coming over easily due to old password format. It’s an easy fix simply change the password back to what it was originally.
  • System Administrator Side-Gig may be a big benefit to us soon! New Server Options!
  • Having any issues on Grace? Get in touch on your original ticket, just reply and it’ll re-open!
  • April Celebration of Year 14 years! Some cool things are coming towards month’s end!
  • Prayer Board coming to FlockHosting.com
  • Building Community @ FlockHosting
  • I like HotPockets!
  • My YouTube Channel [Link]

Managed WordPress now Free!

blog-post-wpmanagedWhen I sat down to really build out a new product for FlockHosting, I thought to myself:

What do folks really need? What would help build/support?

And I tried to keep it affordable addition to the cost of hosting, and maybe, just maybe add some more funds to things like support my family and ministry. Simple goals right?

So if you’d like help in managing your WordPress, one of the biggest things updates & backup to help keep your WordPress site secure and safe, Managed WordPress is now free.

Why? Because FlockHosting is growing, and with the hundreds if not thousands of other companies you could switch to for hosting services, I want FlockHosting to continue being the best at what it does. Taking care of its customers.

So if you want to have your site managed by FlockHosting, this will include daily updates to your WordPress Plugins and Themes, Backups, and continued help as always to make sure your site is performing at it’s best – it’s all free!

What’s needed if  you want to take advantage of this option? Create a user for FlockHosting in your WordPress install, make it an administrator, and then send that information in a ticket in the secure customer area, once I get things setup I’ll reply to the ticket with what you can expect to see added in your WordPress install – and that’s it! I can manage backups, plugins, themes, and even updating WordPress itself!

So if something serious happens in the WordPress world that requires a patch, every morning I’ll update and apply as needed! You can always do it yourself still when you login, but some of you use WordPress for building a site that just sits, and you don’t login that often, so let me help keep it up to date as you let it do what you designed it to do.

More news coming over the next few days! (Possibly even more today!)