T-Shirt Sales

If you follow FlockHosting on social networks you may have seen this beautiful thing:

Yes, I’ve decided to make a new FlockHosting shirt you can buy! Heck I loved it so much, I got me one already:

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Now the design above is only available for nine days. That’s it. The company I’m doing this through makes it, so I don’t have any up-front costs or anything else -but- I am hoping to throw in a few designs for FlockHosting. Over the next six months will be ready for Customer Appreciation Day/Week/Month (whichever I can schedule out correctly!)

This t-shirt, of course, is not the first design FlockHosting has ever had. Yes I’ve been dabbled with the shirt world before:

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Amazing right? This t-shirt is still up for sale on CafePress.com, however, trying something new, something hopefully I can keep up as the goal here is to help fund growth of Church Hosting.

We’ve reached SO many sites and helped many churches get online, operational but as always I want to grow more. – The previous fund’s folks have helped with has helped us reach two servers, over 400 churches, and I want-to-do-more!

So if you like, instead of using the old Crowd Funding Site (which is still fine! Some of you do!). However, if you want a comfy t-shirt (sweater coming soon) and soon some other fun hosting themed, as well as some cool designs I hope to work on, all proceeds will go towards Church Hosting growth!

I will be doing a fresh article this month on the new goals of Church Hosting, including some cool options for design, backup, etc.  So stay tuned, another FlockUpdate will be heading your way!

Lastly, if you have a design idea, I’d love to post a shirt a month or every two months, if your design is selected? You get a free print! And I’ll even throw in a $15 Amazon Gift Card! So submit any design ideas you have, if you need the logo click hereLegal Jargon: You submit it, FlockHosting owns it, we can reproduce it as needed. 

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:

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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:

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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!

Meet Jonah!

I’d like to introduce you to Jonah, the latest server in the fleet which has a singular task – Email.

Over the last few months, email has had some issues, from the outages, to blacklists from major providers due to the nature of how hosting has always been setup. In a shared hosting world everything is on the same server, and one ruins it for everyone.

fh_meet_jonahJonah is a great email server which will still allow you control of your accounts like you did in cPanel – and in some areas more control than that of cPanel in which you can manage:

  • Whitelists
  • Blacklists
  • Accounts
  • Aliases
  • Aliased Domains
  • GreyListing
  • Throttling
  • and more!

The server is a labor of love for all FlockHosters, and it is 100% free of charge. That’s right, no cost. I’m finalizing the SSL services but as it stands all general settings are in place to function and manage email!

If you are having problems and need help open a ticket and I’ll gladly help deploy you into the new server but please bear in mind:

  • Jonah is NOT for Newsletters
  • Jonah is NOT for Application Sending (WordPress/CMS type scripts)
  • Jonah IS for daily email
  • Jonah is NOT for forwarding your email to Gmail or another provider.

Now if you have your Blog, Shopping Cart, or other system using your SMTP email, the next step is to get you to a transactional email service. Only use Jonah for your emails that you write, and I can help you do that again – free of charge as there are some free services that will make your blog/newsletter more deliverable.

If you are interested please open a ticket, and let Jonah help deliver your messages!

And the winners are….

I missed yesterday by 4 minutes! But better late than never with a free prize or 6 at stake! 🙂

So the winners are [Insert Drumroll]:

  • Jarryd G. – 1 Year of Hosting
  • TJ J. – 1 Year WordFence
  • Jerry M. – 1 Year Email Server
  • Gary V. – 1 Year 512 VPS
  • Michael R. – ASUS Chromebook
  • Katie A. – Amazon Tap

There we have it! I’ll be opening a ticket with each winner here shortly – for goods; I’ll need to confirm addresses, and for those who got services, we’ll work it out!

Thanks again everyone for 14 great years! It feels like it was only yesterday this journey started! Looking forward to next year, and many more fun things to come in this year! Stay tuned!

Have a Blessed Week All!

The 14th Year Fun!

Let the Fun Begin!

So I tried to sneak in some fun. However, my weekend got away from me, and posts, contest, etc. all didn’t happen, so let us start the week off right, here we go!

Giveaway Goodies

This was completed by Marvin C. which decoded the message offering a free year of service, however, Marvin is a Church Hoster who had no further hosting needs, so that leaves a year of hosting up for grabs, so it’ll be going into the pot of prizes which includes:

  • 1 Year of Hosting (New $7 package)
  • 1 Year of WordFence Premium
  • 1 Year of Email Server Hosting (25gb package)
  • 1 Year of Linux VPS Hosting (512 Package)
  • 1 ASUS Chromebook
  • 1 Mystery Gift TBA Friday

How do you get one of these? Comment/Tweet/Post to anywhere you see this is posted! So you can enter for G+, The Blog, Twitter, and Facebook! Just post a hello, a mini-review of FlockHosting, you name it! Post something between now and Friday, May 6th, 2016 and I’ll be picking some winners!

All winners will be announced May 9th, 2016. You MUST have active FlockHosting service to take part, no outside entries, these prizes and specials are for FlockHosting customers only, they are meant as a THANK YOU for another great year!

Special Hosting

Now for those of you who want a deal have I got one for you! $50 for one year of service for one of the following:

Email Server (Normally $600/yr)

  • 50GB of Storage
  • Webmail
  • Your Domain(s)
  • Your Email Account(s)
  • No domain limit, no account limits.
  • Full DKIM & SPF Support
  • OwnCloud for File, Contact and Calendar Sync

VPS Account (Normally $300/yr)

  • 50GB of Storage
  • Your Choice of Linux (Debian, CentOS, Ubuntu)
  • 512MB Memory
  • 4 CPU
  • 1TB Bandwidth
  • Choice for Upgrades

There will be 14 total of these for the $50/yr rate, and this rate goes with you, not a promo of “Here today, Gone tomorrow!”. You get it for the life of your account. So once 14 total sales are had these deals are gone!

All promos and giveaways are for active & in good standing FlockHosting customers! (Including Church Hosters!) So if you want these specials, you must have an account. If you sign-up and are NOT a FlockHosting customer you order will be rejected.

Thank you all for a great year! Can’t wait to celebrate our 15th year next year – hope to make its giveaways and specials the best yet!