FlockHosting Blog

FlockUpdate: October 2015

Notes:

  • Church Hosting – Thanks for all the donations! Nearly paid down for a quarter of a year! If you are still interested in help please feel free: https://crowd.flockhosting.com
  • Have questions? Always feel free to get in touch!
  • Web Editor? If you’re interested Weebly may be what we need! Check out the demo I put together in about 15 minutes. Prices start at ~$8 a month. Interested? Check out Weebly.com for more information.
  • Social Networking – Tons of images and encouraging notices, plus some service heads up – it’s growing and you seem to like it!
  • Restore Manager 4 – Coming to all servers by month’s end!
  • Social Media Liaison – Are you someone who could help out by building FlockHosting’s brand and services to the web. The idea would be a trade of services, if you can help build advertisements? come up with crazy package ideas? Willing to help handle this for me and I’ll handle your server needs and cover your hosting costs? Let me know!¬†Just send me what you have done, and a short rundown of your mad skills ūüôā
  • Crazy October? Stay tuned. Newsletter may arrive with goodies!
  • As always get in touch if I can do more!

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!

FlockUpdate: September 2015

 

Notes:

  • MXGuard Dog – Ready to go for your domain! Get in touch to get setup!
  • Social Networking – Are you liking the variety? More? Less?
  • Church Hosting – Can you help? Speed FlockHosting back into accepting churches by donating at https://crowd.flockhosting.com
  • Keep me in your prayers! I could use em! Lots coming up, lots going on, prayer is good!

FlockUpdate: August 2015

Show Notes:

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!