Looking good on the realm of stable, but if you are having any problems/concerns please let me know by opening a ticket – LiveChat is not a great way to get support always – so please open a ticket.
WordPress PHP Upgrades – Default is 5.6 thus the warning, if you are needing a newer build before the January 1, 2020, move to PHP 7 – you can use the MultiPHP -or- Select PHP Version – For most MultiPHP is perfect, quick and easy to change the version but if you need older hardened versions do use the Select PHP Version.
Free Service – UpdateWord.press a free service in which I can help keep your site a bit more safe, secure and updated. Interested? Search for the plugin “InfiniteWP”, install it, then copy the details to a ticket and I’ll get you added in! You’ll be set!
MX Guard Dog Ready for Noah, Going Live Monday on Lilly! Need filtering? Read up here.
Update your Contact Information (https://secure.flockhosting.com) – Update your T-Shirt Size, and you may find yourself getting something in the mail, as I have some shirts to give away 🙂
Giving Options – Again I don’t put this to get folks to give, but I get this because I get so many random emails – so figure update things if you want to give, you are welcome to just visit https://crowd.flockhosting.com for all the options.
Spoken is easier to follow vs. typing up – Scroll to about 12-minute mark and listen on – short version? Progress! God is Good! Coming up on 3/6 of a new treatment plan and positive God is doing good things! More updates to follow, listen on for updates!
This 2019 has been a crazy one so let’s go
with the things going on which are good before we get to the singular big bad
Nginx + Upgrades – We have some minor performance issues on the current build-out of the server stack, cPanel does a good job, but we’ve had a number of attacks which have brought servers to their knees. So more adjustments are going in, but Nginx is improving overall load times and load time scores so all servers should have these updates completed in the next few weeks.
Website Design – Coming soon still, this was pushed back a little, but I wanted to let folks know if you are looking for a design for your site, it’s coming soon, BUT you can email me directly if you are looking for a rough quote on the work you desire to be done.
Custom Projects – Now this is one that’s going to soon be an option on the site but many have asked how to get information on a custom quote/project pricing, and the easiest way I’ve done this lately is the contact form, just leave some details and we can work out the plan – Already have helped a local Christian Station online with not only hosting, but now serving their online station radio! So I can meet most needs!
So that’s good! Sadly there is some bad, and I’m going to keep it brief and get straight to the point. 2 weeks ago after months in discomfort with back pain and really just feeling poorly I’ve been diagnosed with Esophagus Cancer – Stage 3. To better let me explain vs. many paragraphs here’s a 30-minute update from Me on Me.
What can I do?! I mention in the post the key thing I desire? Prayer. I don’t mind if you feel led to do more, giving you can do through the crowdfund site every little bit helps, I appreciate emails & letters all of that can be found on the communicate page – also the scheduling forgot to mention that some windows are closed off for treatments – but please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email, shoot a text, follow my private accounts on social+blog (IG, FB, TW, Blog)
Those of you have already given thank you so much for being amazing! Those of you who are saying “I want to, but ______” stop right there, bow your head and I say thank you! Giving something is not required at all, my mantra in all of this!
I’ll be checking in on social media now and again and hopefully in 6 weeks we’ll here is all gone, and that God, not me is victorious God is good and I hope you all had an amazing Easter and have an amazing week!
On Thursday morning after trying to feel better I ended up getting sick so bad that there was what appeared to be dried blood coming up so a trip to the ER was set – my internet access was sluggish inside the hospital and not really prepared for a hospital stay, I didn’t even have a charger to my name! Thankfully I eventually got one of those, but still no solid internet access aside from being able to have server monitors text in if anything went down.
As I know some have told me many times in the past decade:
This is just my website, take care of YOU
For some of you your website is your business, it supports your family, it supports community outreach, and I know it’s important, so I continued to monitor through every 6 hour blood draws, and even after being put under for a procedure I was told that I still looked at my email (mind you I don’t remember this) and was upset someone was having email issues – FlockHosting is a priority to me, but for me to keep it a priority I do need to take care of me.
Diagnosis is Esophagitis (more info) which could be a number of causes but in the coming weeks with my GP & now new GI guy, I’ll be exploring how I can ensure this doesn’t continue to happen, sleep is one thing I’m working on but a 9 month old doesn’t always like to keep similar schedules 🙂 diet too is going to need to change-it-up a bit, but not too afraid of that, but change can be good.
Thank you to all of you for your patience and prayers, and I’d ask for your continued prayers over the next few weeks and months as things change and improve! I’m going to do my best as always to ensure you guys are all up and running and services work smoothly!
If you have any issues still going and you’ve not brought them to my attention because you don’t want to overwhelm me, please open a ticket and set the priority appropriately, I’m slowly working through 250+ emails in total, so I’ll get there, but tickets are the easiest way to track what you guys need help with, so don’t feel it’s too much, I promise not to do more than this body can handle right now, because even now I think I simply need to get a prescription into the pharmacy then I’m going to get a few more hours of sleep. 🙂
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!