FlockUpdate for April 2017

Show Notes:

  • Busy Busy Busy Busy Month!
  • Migrations Completed – How do I tell you about migrations? Text? Email? Newsletter? Smoke Signals?
  • Outages – Not fun, but things have stabilized! Unsure of server statuses? View the status of servers Here.
  • FlockHosting.com – New site soon! Latest before the end of May.
  • PayPal Fixed – If you still show outstanding invoices you paid, please open a ticket and let me know the transaction number and I’ll get you squared away.
  • New Software – CacheWall caching, and SiteMush now installed and active on your cPanel login, take a look!
  • 15 Years of FlockHosting
    • Some Giveaway information on Wednesday.
    • Founders Club – 3 Spots open – $200 for a single hosting package which is LIFETIME hosting. Last time this will EVER be offered!
    • Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Starbucks Gift Cards, etc. keep an eye out!
  • Need time with me? Video Conference or Just a call? You can now schedule some time. You can find this on the Communicate Page too!
  • Have a great last week of April! Till next month! Have a good one!

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!)

 

 

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!

Getting there!

While I did post the migration notes earlier today, I wanted to give some progress on things related to FlockHosting. Let’s be even more accurate… FlockHosting.com

It’s coming along! I’m not giving all the details away just yet, but after looking over the current site, it needs this done sooner than later!  This new site will have much more updated information, and this shot of the homepage isn’t even complete – so stay tuned!

The current site touts things like “PHP5.x” Did you know you can run PHP7 with a few clicks of a mouse? Another big one is the “Read our statement of faith” – you know where that page is? Neither do I! Somewhere in the last 15 years, it disappeared! So it’s coming back into the new design! Lots to be patched up, cleared up, and cleaned up!

While the big thing right now is servers, once that’s done I’m back on the let’s grow band-wagon! Thank you all of you for your continued support of FlockHosting, for your patience in delays, and such this week – these migrations + daylight savings time did quite a number on me, and my sleep is upside-down-and-backwards! So bear with me after this weekend things should run a LOT smoother as we’ll be all settled in!

 

Server Migrations Friday

While I’d hoped to have had this out earlier yesterday, I missed it by a mere 2 hours! So here’s the information like last week:


This Friday, March 17th starting at 10:00 PM Pacific. The servers being migrated are:

  • Church (New IP: 67.205.161.18)
  • Lilly (New IP: 23.111.146.77)

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 Church, comes in at around 2+ hours to move all data. Lilly comes in around the same but that’s BEST case, may take longer (could take less!) – but sites should be moved quickly as possible.

Now if 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, 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!