Here we are at April! I had lofty plans for weekly posts, and more in-depth postings to build things, a new FlockHosting.com and so much more in the pipeline, then life hit. For some of you who have figured it out, I’m a dad now, and with that comes a new type of late-night 🙂 No more always just poking at servers, but feedings and diaper changes!
What you may not know is you all already know her name, as we have 2 servers named after her – she’s beautiful and 8 months going on 9 months in April, she’s Lilly Grace Brown:
But things while different doesn’t change the spirit or desire of things here at FlockHosting, simply means “It’s time to grow” just as Lilly is, it’s time to really step things up a notch and see what we can do to make FlockHosting grow not just on the ministry of free Church Hosting, but too in higher monthly revenues to support this growing girl’s needs for cute onesies, delicious formula, and of course what every little girl needs… A pony.
So to that end I have a few things to go over here today, so sit back and enjoy!
For many many many many many years I’ve worked with customers to fine tune, repair, and manage WordPress installs, so why not make it into a service. I’m wanting to grow, and for those of you who are growing your WordPress installs, you may not know all the tricks of performance or security – you are good at writing and keeping your site content up to date, let FlockHosting do the heavy lifting.
How much is this service going to cost? Just $10 more a month on top of your current hosting rate, and it will include some great plugins, some great tools, and enhanced security & backup to keep your site running smooth.
Full details coming soon to FlockHosting.com!
It’s been awhile since the branding got updated, subtle but cleaner, and I had planned to quickly release a website to follow, but with services like Managed WordPress I wanted to get all my ducks in a row, and thus ducks are still lining up!
The new site will introduce a few new products, one is actually “Email Servers” which I hadn’t planned, but demand has been there, and I’m already branching out to a few folks who have the need – when can you expect to see it? Lord willing by Friday, I’m hoping tonight and tomorrow to really get some final artwork done and content written up and online – hopefully it’ll be polished and ready to go by Friday!
I want to grow grow grow, but currently my funds say no no no! 8 months ago I created a crowd funding site to get things rolling to raise $10,000 to really kick up Church Hosting a notch, sadly not one donation – but then again 8 months ago this little girl was joining the world so time really put into it for getting the word out there and seeing if folks really wanted to help – probably wasn’t what it should’ve been, a more stable 8 month old who’s biggest problem is teeth at the moment should allow for some bigger pushes.
What is it I want $10,000 to do? The top 3 would be:
Email Only Service (similar to Google Apps)
Pre-Fab WordPress Setup (fill in the blanks!)
I want to really make it so incredibly easy for churches to get going, the only emails I’ll get will be “God Bless You!” and smile knowing God’s churches are getting online and functional super-easy! I want collaborative email servers with shared calendars and contacts, not to mention I’d love to have a few more terabytes of storage to throw at churches with VIDEO and AUDIO archives!
Folks can still donate online view the crowdfunding site – but I’m hoping to really get something up for donations and fun here in the coming months, hopefully after taxes and a few more teeth I can do a crowd funding option proper!
Growing Growing Growing
Not only do I want to see FlockHosting grow, I need it to. It’s not just a business supporting me, it supports my family and growth of things like Church Hosting, what’s coming up is quite exciting:
I don’t want to slow down this year, while I know on occasion as 3 FlockHosting customers do offer motherly advice of “deal with this in the morning, go to bed!” I’m getting a new balance, a new burst of energy, and I’m excited about what growth will mean for my Family and for services like Church Hosting! I want to grow things to be amazing, stable and strong for all customers!
So stay tuned! I’m going to really focus on a few writing days where I can get a lot more of the posts I had hoped to get written up going for you guys, spending a lot of time writing for my ministry online called Light Unto Ministries and getting some great posts written up too! So a busy busy man with a busy busy life! Prayers are appreciated and anywhere and everywhere you can spread the word about FlockHosting, please do!
Oh what a difference a month makes! It has been a busy summer. Last month I posted a mid-year update, a quick rundown of things to come and boy-oh-boy has it been busy around here!
Email is still in transition from the enhanced system, but some folks are already enjoying the new anti-spam filter. If you are using it actively, there is a new KB article posted about it and more to come as it continues to grow and grow and grow! About 5,000 pieces of spam blocked for a handful of domains. It’s been awesome to watch bad things get blocked and the good make it through! If you would like access to this for your domain(s), please let me know! It’s FREE!
Lilly comes online fully this week! Just finished up installing Ruby on Rails, SSL Certificate for Email, FTP and cPanel – and using a new database engine and 10GB of ram under the hood. She’s handled every test I’ve thrown at her well! Even great software like WordPress, Ghost, Vanilla, and others all worked without a hitch! She’s performing beautifully and once the final tweaks are in, this weekend Solomon will slowly start migrating over to this new server! This kid is wasting no time! Even running the new cPanel Theme “Paper Lantern” which is very slick:
Crowd Funding got off to a late start, but with all that’s going on behind the scenes, I’m happy to have gotten it launched, however it’s fallen flat. 0 sponsors, 0 earned, but it does have 19 days left to go! If you have been on vacation or have just missed it – give it a look! If you don’t feel safe donating or have a question about something, ask away!
Lastly, the KB is slowly (3 articles is slowly) adding to it’s ranks. I mentioned posting a WordPress Themes addition, well here you go. I hope to add a Plugins option too, as some folks have provided me with some great options over the years for plugins, but hopefully between the two I can build a fair resource of themes and plugins to choose from – but more articles are slowly in the works!
More is coming soon, Emails went out last night about server migrations! Lots in the works so stay tuned. Good things are coming!
Well it’s nearly that time again! Crazy October is right around the corner! Specials are going to be coming to the second full week of October (Monday the 13th) as well as a promotion to tie into the usual Crazy October specials!
A new site look and feel is underway, and it’s coming along quite nicely (if I do say so myself) but I am actively working to get some of the front-end of FlockHosting caught up as my primary goal has been the backend which has been coming along nicely, new enhacements are working nicely, and new mail options are nearly out of the testing phase – special thanks to testers!
I had hoped to have a newsletter out, but the joys of working everywhere lately, busy, which is good, but sometimes time isn’t always available, spent nearly 12 hours sleeping Sunday->Monday, so a nice catch up – but it’s time for some FH TLC! So stay tuned here for more! Off to update the site’s backend in prep for the upcoming changes, so things may be a little out of sorts for a bit.