FlockHosting Blog

The Future of FlockUpdates (FlockUpdate July 2018)

It’s the end of the month and by now some of you enjoy the usual “FlockUpdate” however it’s viewership is limited, production time is a bit consuming (Recording, Editing, Publishing) and while I love reaching even a handful of you, let’s be honest, what your hosting company is doing isn’t a item of time consumption in a day you care to spend – I completely understand.

I’ve been asked to try a Podcast format, and I’ve considered it as well, however, it to would be recording, editing, publishing, then probably re-publishing to post to every service/site folks use as the easiest I found was Anchor but its a service in itself, not sure I can get all of you to download a fresh app to listen to me drone on for a bit 🙂

So what’s the plan then?

Quarterly.

FlockUpdate 2.0

Starting in September I’ll be publishing a more robust/complete FlockUpdate, it will be a review of the previous quarter + what’s to come in the next – and while I do realize not everyone enjoys this medium, it’s a great way for me to get to “talk” to you guys about what’s happening at FlockHosting.

With this change, my hope & goal is to produce a monthly newsletter + blog articles on a more regular basis – I can cross post these on social networking and with the monthly heads up of things I can pre-write and schedule posting of the newsletter, social posts etc. meaning I can do some leg work and get ahead of things at the start of the month and leave more time for the work at hand of server changes, software upgrades, business growth etc. while not leaving you guys completely in the dark.

So what’s going on this month? What did I miss?

This month has been a busy one. With the release of a new Google Chrome version that now marks domains as “Not Secure” if they don’t have SSL – it’s been fielding a lot of questions about how to make your WordPress & Sites, in general, be secure so folks aren’t scared away by google’s warnings. Happy to report all servers support Let’s Encrypt so you can easily add basic SSL functionality to your site! Easy as pie and at no additional cost! If you get stuck or need help please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Church Hosting delays have continued with a fresh surge of attempts to get free hosting for hackers. This has caused a huge slow down and a big review process, currently at a 7 day wait period sadly on average, and it’s just not an easy thing to sort through and I hate the idea that someone who is really legit might get thrown into a fraud case so manually reviewing to ensure I don’t blacklist anyone who’s genuinely in need. Prayers are appreciated!

Now some of you have graciously offered to help cover costs and grow Church Hosting, I’d love to keep things growing and it’s rapidly approaching the need for a fresh server (or two) so if you’ve been looking for a time to give, never been a better time to visit https://crowd.flockhosting.com – contains several options for donating, including a new one called Ko-Fi which offers just another option for folks looking to give – and this isn’t a “PLEASE DONATE NOW!” type message, just like to update folks who’ve asked for adds like Ko-Fi instead of sifting through emails.

While some of you may enjoy the canned meat, not any of you seem to like the un-requested spam, and to that end, a friendly reminder – MX Guard Dog is 100% free of charge, while I’d add it to every single account as a default the issue is some folks set up accounts, then cut to Google or another email service and MX Guard Dog would use up credits even if the accounts were not in use – so if you need some protection, please just let me know!

Lastly, I’d ask for your help, FlockHosting has seen a huge surge of Church Hosting, however standard hosting has not seen such a huge surge, and I’d appreciate some help with getting the word out to be it on your social media or just a banner on your website! I don’t require this of ANYONE this includes Church Hosting, it’s not a requirement but I’d ask if you feel FlockHosting has served you well please consider helping spread the word!

For now, stay tuned for some more blog posts over the next few months but we’ll have another Video FlockUpdate coming in September! Look forward to talking to you all then!

FlockUpdate: Quick Email Update

About Email Changes

So email continues to be a problem. Grace, Church, and Fellowship all have had a few tests which work without issue but requires a setup for each domain one-by-one. This solution launched to ALL of Lilly, in a single install method – No more one-by-one.

What this does is look for patterns of spam, so like incoming spam filters it filters, all the outgoing email to make sure it’s not something junk going out, thus making it easier to ensure mail has gone out cleanly!

There are some add-on’s I haven’t enabled yet, but it will give you the ability to find out why you had email dropped, but as it stands while I’m cleaning up, some of you likely have NO idea you are sending spam if your site is compromised. I’ll be emailing those with compromised sites as I find them.

This service like all those in testing is 100% free of charge. The goal long-term is to provide you guys with trouble-free email if at all possible! We’ve got Spam better for most with MX GuardDog, if testing continues well, we may have a fleet-wide solution for outgoing email as well!

Remembering 9/11

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Please be sure to keep those affected by 9/11 in your prayers.

FlockUpdate: November 2015

Notes:

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Web Editor Next Month! Weebly will become a new tool from FlockHosting!
  • Email Rejections being dealt with! If you are having problems please contact me!
  • Church Hosting – Thank you for your donations!
  • Church Hosting – We don’t have limits! Church Hosting site being revamped to ensure folks understand it’s meant to be a blessing!
  • New Changes coming to FlockHosting for 2016!
  • No more founders club! But discount membership option coming soon!
  • Promo’s coming in December!

Customer Appreciation Month: Week 2

The fun continues! This week appreciation week brings a few things – first and foremost, let’s note who has been selected for upgrades:

  1. Rachel G.
  2. Victoria M.

Big congrats, watch for a ticket this weekend from me to get you all moved over to the new server Praise!

Next – this week’s highlight – Katie Keller [Website] [Blog] – Katie has been a customer for quite some time now, having not only herself hosted with FlockHosting, but brought in some of her family too! 😀 Katie has been a favorite to work with, she’s always been patient with changes, quick to follow tips/ideas on issues, and just an amazing customer to work with over the years!

She has an amazing heart, and is a pro with the camera (see the above website), and has been a great customer and friend to me for many years! So in her honor this week all current customers, can request (thru the remainder of this month) Enhanced Email Service – Free of Charge (Up to 5GB of storage)! Since this is not a “instant” option I can simply upgrade accounts with, it will be a queue based upgrade, and some details to follow once you get in the requested queue.

If you have not seen the enhanced email here are some screen caps of what you can expect from the webmail end of things:

The service does not use your hosting storage, so recent upgrades are NOT used up! It is on a different set of servers which if your website if down for maintenance, email will still flow – and it works with your Blackberry, iPhone, Android or Windows Mobile phones! It’s an amazing service and has powered Email @ FlockHosting for over 2 years now.

If you have email on server, you can request a migration additionally – it will migrate all details from the current servers over, just will need a list of usernames and passwords – but that will be handled in the ticket to get the service setup – the deadline to request this is October 1st.

To get rolling there is a new ticket in the Customer Zone [link] login and select “Email Migration” as the ticket type, it will allow you to get into the queue – it is first come first serve, but as one of the side notes, this changes how your email operates – there will be some server name changes, as well as DNS changes which may take up to 24 hours to propagate – if you have any questions or concerns please note them in your migration ticket.

Lastly this is free – this is no promo or “FOR ONE YEAR!” this is FREE, if you should ever need additional email storage, that can be purchased but you will always have a FREE allotment of 5GB of storage at NO COST once you have requested it!

Now this week is another chance for 2 people to win a MEGA package from FlockHosting, this week is played a bit different, to enter – follow/friend FlockHosting on Twitter or Facebook – if you already are? You are already entered to win! To make sure I know your name, update your profile in the customer zone noting your usernames for Facebook and Twitter (Friends/Family are excluded to be fair).

Have a BLESSED Weekend Everyone!

First Promo, Late – but here!

My apologies for the delay in the posting of this, I had hoped to get this online sooner, but it has been busy around here for me! But better late than never! Remember 10% of all proceeds are being donated to the Hands and Feet Project!

This promo is 15% off any service purchased for a year, so if you pre-pay for a year you get 15% off the price, that’s for the new email service and the new hosting packages! It can only be used once per customer (open to customers New & Old!) so give it a whirl, at check out use code CO15FOR12 – this is valid until 10/31 or 25 uses, so please don’t delay!