FlockUpdate for May 2017

Show Notes:

  • 15 Year Celebration was Awesome! Thanks! Looking for the winners? Scroll past the show notes!
  • New Live Chat – Need to talk? Get in touch!
  • New Status Page – It’s now linked in the Customer Zone, replacing the old network status page.
  • Jonah Migration Coming Soon!
  • New Products
  • Summer Break is Here! Update your profile and add contacts! (Quick Video Coming Soon)
  • New FlockHosting getting closer!

The Winners Are:

Here they are! Get in touch to claim your prize! Just shoot me an email or use any of the methods in the communicate page! Final day to claim your prize is June 30th, and prizes will go out by end of July!

  • Google Home – Katie A. – Burbank, CA
  • Amazon Echo Dot – Chris M. – Burbank, CA
  • Video Projector Setup (Projector + Chromecast) – Terrence F. – Byron, MN
  • $5 Starbucks Gift Cards – Brenten G. – Gainesville, VA
  • $5 Starbucks Gift Cards – Dell L. – Katy, TX
  • $5 Starbucks Gift Cards – Karen P. – Langhorne, PA
  • $5 Amazon Gift Cards – Bonnie H. – Versailles, KY
  • $5 Amazon Gift Cards – Victoria M. – Grove City, OH
  • $5 Amazon Gift Cards – Cheri F. – Grand Rapids, MI
  • $5 Redbox Gift Cards – Thomas S. – Mount Joy, PA
  • $5 Redbox Gift Cards – Francois G. – Orangeville, ON (CA)
  • $5 Redbox Gift Cards – Joseph M. – Broomfield, CO
  • 15 Years Hosting – Ron K. – Eureka, MO

And if you have made it this far just a heads up – there are still Founders Club Spots left! 😀

Have a great rest of May! Talk to you in June!

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!

Migration Updates (3/17/17 Migration)

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Here we go folks! Starting this week off with Church:

Church

  • Starting Migration (10:00 PM)
  • Homeward Stretch in Copy, Data Copy should be done by midnight (11:25 PM)
  • Getting closer, if you wish to update your DNS now please update any reference of: 50.2.187.106 to now become: 67.205.161.18 (11:30 PM)
  • Updating FlockHosting DNS Servers as we get closer. (11:32 PM)
  • All site data is migrated. Starting review & repair of SQL database passwords – slow and steady (12:03 AM)
  • Up through sites that start with F – Slow going, but homepages are working – going to start Lilly data transfer shortly (12:43 AM)
  • Currently at L’s – Hang in there folks! Doing what I can to speed this along! You are welcome to make this update yourself too. (1:10 AM)
  • P and Moving on – If I miss anything at all please open a ticket. (1:39 AM)
  • Z and done. Church has been reviewed. (2:33 AM)

This completes a very “Human” aka: Chuck testing, Chuck has been up for a few days, so please if you note anything off, please open a ticket, happy to help.

Lilly

  • Starting Data Migration (12:47 AM)
  • Data migration is around 62% – Wrapping up. (1:10 AM)
  • Update your DNS to reflect a change from: 50.2.191.170 to now become: 23.111.146.75 (1:40 AM)
  • Updating FlockHosting DNS Severs to new IP. (1:45 AM)
  • Reviewing sites for errors. (2:34 AM)
  • Wrapping up last few sites. (3:04 AM)

And that’s a wrap!

This has been a very exhausting processing – two weeks with low sleep – so while you may say “Oh I’ll not bug him”, please open a ticket if you find anything wrong. Things should be good, but if for some reason I’ve missed your site please let me know!

Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

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!

 

 

Server Migrations Friday

The next 2 Fridays I’ll be doing server migrations. The first is this Friday, March 10th starting at 10:00 PM Pacific. The servers being migrated are:

  • Fellowship (New IP: 138.68.47.120)
  • Grace (New IP: 23.111.146.78)

This means you’ll need to do some DNS changes if you manage your own DNS the new IP’s are listed above, if you use FlockHosting, these changes will be made as sites transfer, all sites will be on a 5 minute TTL which means every 5 minutes the DNS checks for new DNS, this will return to normal after the migration is complete.

I’ve done a test migration of Fellowship, comes in at around 30 minutes to move all data, now that’s BEST case, may take longer – but sites should be moved quickly as possible.

Now in the event that your MySQL databases aren’t working you’ll want to reset the password on the new server to do this, you’ll need to:

  1. Login to cPanel
  2. Select MySQL Databases
  3. Scroll to the bottom and find the user attached to your site, click “Change Password”
  4. Copy and Paste your current password into place and change the password.

This will reset the password to the new secure format + keep you from having to edit wp-config files. However, if you are unsure how to do this, and hit this issue, I’ll be on hand Saturday to assist.

This move should be relatively painless, quick cut-over, all SSD storage now, should give things a bit more pep in their step! This will happen a week from Friday, and then I’ll post the migration IP’s and such then too.

If you have ANY questions before the move next week please let me know – if you are unsure how to make these changes on your own self-hosted DNS, please get me a login before and I can help make the changes – if you have custom DNS in place, in the past the migration process sometimes resets things like MX records, I will have a backup of FH1/FH2 so if you need zone files restored, please let me know.

That’s it! If I have a common set of questions, I’ll make a post of some common ones, if not – prayers are appreciated!

Update:

Unsure about your server name? Two options:

1. Login to cPanel and then look at the URL bar in your browser, it should have adjusted to the hostname if it reads fellowship or grace – you’re moving this week!
2. Login to https://secure.flockhosting.com – from there view ALL products, and it will list the Server: next to each product you host with FlockHosting.

Hope this helps!