FlockUpdate – Post Migration

Show Notes:

  • Servers Running Smoother Minor Issues:
    • MySQL Passwords [ Most Fixed ]
      • Find your configuration of your app, for WordPress it’s wp-config.php
      • View the file and copy the password.
      • Go into cPanel -> MySQL Databases -> Bottom where it displays users select change password – Paste.
      • View your site, if not fixed, please open a ticket for further assistance.
    • PHP Configuration [Minor Tweaks]
    • Softaculous Patched up  [ Up-To-Date]
  • PayPal *should* be fixed up – Latest tweak installed yesterday.
  • Billing/Support System Emails Should avoid Spambox!
  • Servers Locked Down Friday
  • FlockHosting.com Preview Next Week (Public Deadline, Holding myself accountable!)

 

 

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!

 

 

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!

Where did October Go?

It is hard to believe that November is over this next week and December is quickly approaching! Where has the time gone?

A quick update for you, let’s do it bullet style:

  • FlockUpdate has been recorded, coming soon!
  • FlockHosting.com is getting a facelift & new pricing (Cyber Monday Sale? Maybe.)
  • Some new software installed on servers (FlockUpdate will have more info!)
  • Doing some Security Updates tonight, services may off/on as things happen, should all be brief (less than 90 seconds)
  • Billing System is finally getting upgraded this evening at 10 PM.

I’ll post some updates to Social Networks about when things are going on, but nothing should ever go offline. The upgrades should be brief, I do have at least two servers which need MySQL upgrades to make upcoming changes a lot easier – a lot of this is going to be in the FlockUpdate, hopefully re-recording tonight (for a 3rd time, because 3rd time’s the charm!) so hang tight!

Hope all of you that celebrated Thanksgiving are recovering nicely 🙂

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!