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Some Updates on Projects!

Good Afternoon!

It has been a busy couple of weeks, and some things have been going on behind the scenes! What you may ask? Well, a few things are wrapped up:

  1. Full Rollout of Full Metrics Monitoring – Gives me an overview of server resources/usage and helps me plan a bit more! Also alerts me on spikes/etc. very handy tools in place!
  2. Migration of FlockHosting.com to new hardware, running smoothly!
  3. Building out John & Noah – New hardware will be noted below, but servers are still behind firewalls only viewable to me, but looking good!
  4. New Hardware Provisioning this week for Grace, Lilly, and Church!

So that’s a pretty full list! So what does that mean you to? Let’s go over it:

The Review!

#1: This is general upkeep, these new monitoring tools give me a great overview of servers, and allow me to make thresholds which alert me when say a CPU is maxed out and help get the server before it’s overloaded! Also with migrations, it’s done great to keep me aware of how fast things are going and load impacted as more users are migrated, let’s me know if more memory is needed or CPU long-term great for growth.

#2: The site had no problems, just was on a server that needed some upgrades, more of an FYI than anything, but helps keep the primary website secure, safe and running smoothly.

#3: John & Noah. What are these? John is the 4th Church Hosting server and will be the final for a while, stretching the budget a bit to build these out but I wanted one more box to really balance out hosting, some heavy hitters are on Fellowship and Church, wanting to move some sites around to allow things to run smoother for everyone, and avoid the continued load issues. Noah follows the same idea except for balancing things out from Grace & Lilly. So If your site is running a bit hot, once other migrations are done you’ll be notified and data migrated – this is a case-by-case basis, so don’t expect you will be included, but if you feel you may benefit? Leave a comment/Open a ticket and let me know.

#4: Grace, Lilly, and Church! This is the one folks have been asking about, it was mentioned and nearly a month went by without any update. The server hardware should be ready to go on Friday. I’d love to make the move on Friday if at all humanly possible, but realistically and allow things like sleep it’s going to be next Friday. So 10/19/2018 things will move off the older hardware. The move is super simple and if you have purchased your domain or use FlockHosting’s DNS you’re done. Nothing to do – if you don’t you’ll need to change an IP or two in your configuration.

All in all, this should make this month a tad busy too! BUT it should simplify things, and improve performance overall across the board! Tie in the audit I’ll be starting soon, hopefully clearing off any old accounts which missed the cancel request for clearing, it should give us a lean, mean, hosting machine 😀

So I’ll be emailing folks too regarding the migrations, but for now, that’s your quick update! Have a great rest of your week!

FlockUpdate for September 2018 (Quarterly)

 

Show Notes:

  • Unblock IP Feature
  • Hardware/Software Updates
    • Backup System Upgrades
    • Software Enhancements (NodeJS/Python Selector)
    • Fresh Network & Hardware
      • Migration of Current Servers -> New Hardware (Schedule coming soon!)
    • Monitoring/Alerting
    • Church Hosting Status
      • Migration of Church to New Hardware (Schedule coming soon!)
  • BIG Audit
    • Billing Audit
    • Services Audit
  • Thanks for watching!

 

Sunday is Here.

This is the mission-critical day for Church Hosters. Hundreds of churches all slowly waking up on Sunday for folks to tune in, download a bulletin, search for that nearby church while visiting from out of town, and maybe just email the final song list to the worship team! So it’s a critical thing! I know the Sunday morning routine (Pastor’s Kid + Music Minister for many years) 😀

So today I’ve really done everything I can to try and ensure the servers function as they should. Our friends in the UK are coming up on noon and their accounts have already surged a bit so PTL first round has taken its hit, now they’ll upload sermons and such while the East Coast of the US comes online and starts their’s here already at 6:30AM we have some load increasing but holding steady!

This will hopefully be the last of such weeks for a long time to come! Matthew has taken some of the Fellowship & Church accounts as well as picked up some more fresh churches (2 deployed last night) but I’ve done what I can to level things out – not perfect, but I pray it will do. 3:30AM here in California, and I’ve reviewed current attacks on WordPress sites adding a few new rules I’ve been testing, and tuned up performance where I can without anything too crazy.

I appreciate the prayers and patience for this day that is to come! Monday we will see a new Fellowship come online and operational! So stay tuned – it’s going to keep getting better and better! If you have any problems please open a ticket, Live Chat may say I’m up and online, but honestly, I’m not. It’s 3:30AM and I have a kiddo with a dollar ready for the offering plate! Good night! I hope you all have a blessed Sunday!

ps. I scheduled this to post later on social media, so times may not make sense. I pray I’m not up when this posts to social networks.

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!