FlockUpdate for September 2017

Show Notes for September 2017

  • Natural Disaster Relief – Send Suggestions to Donate.
  • Jonah Migration – Not Done! Some hiccups in the new system, so I’ve decided to hold off – I’m going to slowly move folks back to cPanel for the time being – please open a ticket with users & passwords and I’ll get you migrated ASAP!
  • New Site Launch Coming Next Week!
  • Crypto Currency Payments – Delays in finding a functional module, working on it!
  • Church Hosting Explosive Growth! Larger Server Storage Coming VERY Soon! Migration plan very soon!
  • Information out of date? Stopped using services? Please visit the customer zone and let me know!
  • October Customer Appreciation Month + Still some Founders Club spots left!

Support Rocks!

At the end of the year and the start of the year, I got a few donations in for FlockHosting’s Church Hosting! It’s an awesome blessing and really does help me out tremendously!

I’ve also gotten some notes from people wanting to donate quarterly and monthly – everything helps! I’m not asking for anyone to go hungry, but even if you just gave up a cup of coffee a week (I’m talking Starbucks PSL’s) and donate that for a month, you would be helping out churches galore!

But how does it help? Well just got an email yesterday from a church hoster who had this to say:

I want to say, once again, thank you for your ministry! We recently had a young couple come and join us at LUMC in large part because of our Website! That’s such a huge blessing! Jim N.

Awesome blessing to know that these website tools are helping to build a presence online that can help folks find the good news in their local area, visiting a nearby town, and more! Donations like those that have come in of even $5 one time help me to cover costs of many services including Weebly! It has some advanced features I can’t just foot the bill for – so this helps me help churches who need advanced features!

So thank you guys so much who’ve donated and agreed to donate – I wish I was a non-profit and could give you a perk back, but I know God won’t let your donations come back void! God Loves a Cheerful Giver! Thanks for cheerfully supporting FlockHosting’s free Church Hosting!

Church Hosting Growth

Over a year ago FlockHosting’s State of the Server painted the migration of servers. In the case of Church Hosting it combined Fellowship and Koinonia into 1 server: Church.

Well it has been a year and those combined servers and about 75 churches more, Church is full! While the tech behind the server could support another 100 sites or so, I want room for every account to grow.

The joy of Church Hosting is getting emails like this:

“Hi,

We are getting notices that we have reached our limits, how much does it cost to get more storage for our site?”

Of course there is my favorite reply:

“Hello!

I have increased the storage! Enjoy and please let me know if you need anything else!”

Church Hosting is about being a blessing to churches. No costly hosting, no big bills. Free. And that’s how I’d love to keep it!

I currently have a few more expenses that are big priorities, big one is the little girl sleeping to my right. She’s not always the most affordable, but she’s pretty cute and I love her to pieces.

So I am looking for a little help. There are a few options in how you can help get things running again sooner than later for churches! With 2 folks already in the wings asking “When can we launch?” your help can be huge right now to help churches far and wide get their sites online.

Few ways you can help:

  • Become a Founder – I have 2 1 spot left. 2 1. You become part of an exclusive group with savings on all other products. Your hosting package is lifetime hosting. Be one of the final 10 – and wait for more things planned for the Founders.
  • Donate to Help – If you can spare some funds to help springboard us, it’d be an amazing help! Even $5 can get things one step closer to lighting up the new hardware and coming online!

I do hope to have a full-fledged crowd funding setup, but for now if you could be so bold and be a founder, that’d help! If you can donate any amount, that helps too!

Church Hosting has blessed a great number of churches who were paying $15 a month or more! That means the church has a spare $180 in their pocket a year! Imagine that $180 going to benevolence, or helping send a kid to camp! A husband or wife to a men’s/women’s conference! Let FlockHosting handle the hosting, you handle your Flock!

Help me help churches around the world! Be a part of getting things running again!

Church Hosting Final 5

So we are coming to the last 5 seats for the server Church. Over 100+ sites on the single server, and while we could build it denser, and add another 100 people, let’s leave some room to breathe, and allow churches to upload photos, bulletins, sermons, videos and more.

Church Hosting’s 2nd server – few things we need to get rolling:

  • A server name! Current server is simply named Church, what is a good name for this 2nd server?
  • 1 year of funding for the hardware & software.
  • More churches!

When I originally put this project into motion I put it on a simple VPS server Koinonia it did the job, and thinking this would grow slowly-ish I figured it’d give me time to research new hardware, new configurations, but Koinonia very quickly got filled, overloaded, and while VPS tech let me upgrade it, obviously VPS wasn’t the fit, another VPS Fellowship came online to fill in the gaps as we needed power. Shortly there after the current server came online to house both servers with plenty of resources, CloudLinux to help balance out the load. A great start, but let’s do more.

I recently announced a server to replace Lilly’s current hardware – I want to do a similar configuration for Church Hosting’s new server – but there is a cost, about $4,000 a year to do the dream configuration I’d love to see (Raid10 Storage, 32GB of Ram, Newer CPU, Better Network), I can do a simpler box with a little less for around half of that cost, but at this point I’m working out the budget to accommodate.

There have been a handful of you who have donated money towards Church Hosting, not sure if you want your names publicly mentioned, but thank you! Hopefully others out there can chip in too, I really still want to do crowd funding, but I don’t have the time now with standing projects – but if you want to help, please visit: https://crowd.flockhosting.com

No matter what Church Hosting will continue to take orders, once we are full, the order form will note a longer-delay, once I have enough funds to deploy the new server (hopefully very soon) I’ll get it deployed and configured, maybe 2-3 weeks at current project load, but if you have any wish to help, like those who’ve donated before, I appreciate it greatly!

Stay tuned Church Hosting isn’t stopping or going anywhere! Contribute a server name if you like, would love for FlockHosters to pick the next name!

New FlockHosting.com!

FlockHosting.com has been updated! Fresh look, some new services, and more on the way! For now though I’ve added a few new add-on’s for current customers to, when you order a new account or when you check the available add-on’s in your account you can now choose from these two options:

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Managed WordPress is here! For $10 a month FlockHosting will fine tune and secure your WordPress based site, see the new site for details! But too if you are wanting you can sponsor a church by adding $1 extra to your monthly bill!

Other new additions such as Email Servers is a great new addition, and Reseller Access to manage and create your own accounts without a need to sign-up all of your accounts, you become your own hosting company!

More is on the way, but going into the month of May I do need to ask for some help!

What’s Going On….

What started out as a simple idea “Hosting Churches for Free…. I can do that” has grown! With even the new hardware I’ve reached the point where when I get 2-3 orders a week and currently 5 orders pending free domains & free hosting – I need help.

The thing about doing a ministry to churches like this is everything else is going to come under attack, and while I’ve had a church or two get hacked, my business as a whole has seen a huge increase in attacks, one this past weekend took out an entire server for one of my customer’s for several hours, not good – My primary computer is starting to get glitchy, and finances are tight (9 month olds are expensive!) 🙂

So if you could lend a hand, here’s the list in priority:

#1 – Prayer

I need your prayers, if you could tack Me, My Family, & Business into your prayers, I could use it! Try juggling a 9 month old & trying to deal with an outage, stressful for sure.

#2 – Promote

I don’t have a huge advertising budget and I’d love if you could help promote FlockHosting and help really bolster things up to where I can build up Church Hosting, and provide a new batch of customers with great hosting!

#3 – Donate

Yes it’s actually #3 on my list, while I would love for someone to just donate $10,000 and really fund Church Hosting for this entire year & growth of it – I’d love for that need to be on someone’s heart and it just happen as God see’s fit, if you’re that person then please by all means feel free to donate and lend a hand to grow past 200 churches hosting!

More to come!

I’ve gotten a few requests for SSL Certificates, Dedicated Servers, and Website Design, more is on the way, I just wanted to get the new site online and really put out the note that FlockHosting could really use your help!