FlockHosting Blog

Update: Church Hosting & IP Blocks

First things first – Matthew is doing great! Performance has been awesome for most, some sites we are having to adjust a few minor things to improve performance greatly with improvements in load time and overall server performance, it’s been a great first day, and there is still room for more Church Hosters to make their way over! Doesn’t matter if you are on Fellowship or Church – have about 10 spots left! Open a ticket and you could be moved over in tomorrow’s batch @ 5PM (Pacific)

Onto one other thing…. IP Blocks. 

I can hear the collective groan of “WHY DO WE GET BLOCKED!” well login failures and such happen, sadly I can’t tell if its from a legitimate IP or an attacker, so for your safety and server safety – IP’s do get blocked – well if you are a customer, you can now unblock yourself! Simply login to https://secure.flockhosting.com and look under the support drop-down. That’s it.

It’s that easy. It will populate your current IP so you can have it check for blocks on the server your site resides. No more tickets, live chats, etc. to try and track down an IP and get unblocked. It’s just that easy.

Now Matthew won’t be able to do this till tomorrow, still fine-tuning its link up to the customer zone, but hopefully, tomorrow fine tune a few more settings and have it linked up as well!

Lastly – Church Hosting has grown, and with very soon 4 servers there should be even more options to choose from, namely – Email Hosting Beta. Yes, Beta. Why beta? It’s an un-tested idea which may honestly end up costing even more than I can currently handle! But in good faith that God’s in control, funds will be there and it will be a blessing to folks, I’m going to take a leap forward and begin working on the service and hope for a launch by September’s end (if not sooner) so stay tuned!

More tomorrow (or nearly today as it’s almost midnight) but prayerfully the moved accounts should help keep the old church hosting servers running smoothly! Few more to allow the attacks to not be as load heavy would be great! Please get in touch if you’d like to move, its pain free and quick! Average transfer time is around ~35 Minutes and 5 minutes then for DNS to cut over if you are using FlockHosting Nameservers. Good night!

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!

December Pre-FlockUpdate

While I am still a few days (likely Monday) from actually recording a FlockUpdate, I find myself reflecting on 2016 – the year was shy on new customers compared to 2015, but still healthy growth.

So what’s on the docket for 2017? Growth. Running forward with my head up to build a bigger, better, stronger FlockHosting – and I’ll talk about that more in the video this next week but with all that’s happened in 2016 – let’s all give 2017 over to God and know HE is in control of what is to come!

How can you help in 2017 with the growth of FlockHosting? Help spread the word. I have a new FlockHosting coming up which will focus on the three primary product lines I plan to offer. Shared Hosting, WordPress Hosting, and VPS Servers – I’m leaving the door open for custom quotes for Dedicated Servers and Email Servers, but the site is getting a BIG cleanup when it comes to what FlockHosting does.

I’ll be talking too on the FlockUpdate of things like New FlockHosting Shirts, new business cards, PDF’s made for Bulletin Inserts (if you feel so helpful as a Church hosting with us) and lots more.

So look forward to the video this next week! Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

T-Shirt Sales

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

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Click to buy me!

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.