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Hello Matthew!

It’s time to welcome a new member of the Church Hosting server family, Church, Fellowship, and Matthew is the latest in the Church Hosting Fleet.

The naming convention suggested by Keith M. on Facebook, it’s one of two new servers coming to serve churches, and it’ll be ready for use technically today. I had planned to really dig into it and fine tune another 24 hours, but another outage on Fellowship is kicking those plans into action now. This does not mean the server is not ready, just means some performance improvements will be done over a 24 hour period as we settle in – it actually helps give a more realistic set of stats to tune up with – so really a good thing.

All the services and features you know will be there – packages have been copied over from Church & Fellowship so all your features and functions work, software like Softoculous, Sitepad, Let’s Encrypt etc. have all been installed and ready for your use! Even some new performance/security tweaks which were slated for upgrades to all servers the first part of 2019, will be added, so more secure, fewer headaches. Good stuff.

So in an effort to keep folks running smoothly, I’m looking for a max of 20 sites who are up for moving to this new server, that means leaving Church or Fellowship behind for Matthew – the move is painless and simply requires a quick swap on your DNS, if it’s hosted with FlockHosting’s DNS servers even easier still! Looking at maybe a 5-minute window and you’ll be 100% migrated to the new server.

Want in? Quite simply open a trouble ticket and let me know you’d like to move! However, once I hit 20 sites, that’ll be it. I want to keep the moves simple and clean. Now there are more moves in the future – another server is planned (Code Name: 1 of 4 Gospels, leaning towards Luke) + Fellowship and Church will also be re-created so, in the end, you’ll move eventually and things will balance out across all 4 servers – so hang tight! My hope is these 20 will help lighten the load we are having lately and keep things running as smoothly as possible for those remaining on Fellowship/Church for the time being.

Thank you all again for your patience! More tune-ups are coming too for Lilly & Grace very soon! Plus if all goes smoothly, a much-requested feature will be added called “Church Email Hosting” as some churches have requested email-only, but it’s still in testing, and still trying to stir up some funds to do things like mail deliverability and such and not completely break the bank or leave folks with issues sending. So stay tuned!

Why Migrations?

I’ve gotten the question a few times:

“Why are we migrating again? Didn’t we just do this last year?”

Yes, we did. So why again? Let me explain.

The Reasons

Most of the time servers just “work” but as of late some performance issues, security patches, software upgrades, and customer complaints have led to this new migration.

A year ago we made the big jump not because I wanted to, but because of the power issues we were having with a data center the move was not desired but required. My priority to customers outweighs my need for sleep, funds, and I have a commitment to ensure things run smoothly.

Now things as of late have been mixed, network issues, blacklists, etc. but these come and go, however, a year ago the plan was to make a big move to new hardware with SSD’s. Having everything on the newest CloudLinux/CentOS so we’d have longer lifespans on software and updates – but when you can’t even keep the lights on, and some clients leave? You move.

Why this time?

Honestly? It is time. We jumped from the old configuration to the same exact thing, just different location to get out of a datacenter who couldn’t keep the lights on, we moved to fresh hardware, but the configuration stayed the same.

This time I have planned this out for over 6 months. I’ve toyed with various methods, trying out the new features of cPanel, Cloudlinux, and I have reviewed the hardware out there ensuring that in all 4 servers moving, things will run smoothly, high performance, and have room to expand if needed without having to do another huge migration anytime soon.

Servers Are Closed.

Now, this is some news I didn’t share in the FlockUpdate, but I’ll touch on it here. Grace, Lilly, Church and Fellowship after the migrations are closed. No more accounts will be added to them.  I have 3 new servers coming in after next week’s migration, Church Hosting (Sanctuary), WordPress Hosting (Press) and Standard Hosting (Ezra) – these should go online within 2-3 days of the migrations being done and will start accepting customers right away!

Yes, 3 server types! Here’s what each has different:

  • Church Hosting – Larger Storage to store church email & files.
  • WordPress Hosting – Optimized for WordPress only, no other website types.
  • Standard Hosting – The classic does it all platform.

So things should grow nicely into these new servers. I am definitely looking forward to WordPress hosting, going to open it up for more testing after migrations so stay tuned for how you can test it out!

There you have it! The reasons, the plan, I actually wanted to type this out because if I talked about it all in the FlockUpdate, we’d all still be watching it as it’d be hours long! 🙂 If you have any questions about migrations or input what-so-ever, post a comment or get in touch with me!

 

 

Meet WordPress Hosting!

So here we are with another new product offering. Now you may be saying to yourself:

Self, doesn’t FlockHosting already do WordPress Hosting?

And if you are familiar with how hosting works, the answer is yes, but this new product (which will be on the new FlockHosting.com as soon as I can) will be different, as the ONLY thing it will host is WordPress. That’s it.

The server is specifically configured to get the most performance out of WordPress, and throw in a few plugins and even better still. Let me show you with a real-world example, mainly my blog:

before_wordpress_hosting

Now you’ll note it’s definitely not perfect, but as my own little slice of the world, it’s an outlet to relax and write, not out to win awards for speed. But I took a copy of the site, moved it to the new configuration and saw a big jump with only a small bit of effort:

after_wordpress_hosting

Now you’ll note the URL is different, which is where the test site resides, and it’s pretty snappy. Quite the difference indeed! A 34 point jump in performance! And with some fine tuning I could do even more just using Plugins for WordPress!

Combine this with our Managed WordPress Plugin, we’ll help you stay up to date, secure, and offer some great plugins in that’ll help make your site fly at only the cost of hosting.

Now the kicker is the price:

  • $10/monthly -or- $100/yearly (saves $20)
  • 5GB Storage
  • 50GB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 30GB Email Access on Jonah
  • Free SSL Certificate
  • SFTP File Access
  • FlockHosting WordPress Management
  • WordPress Plugins for Streamlining
  • Help Integrating Piwik or Google Analytics

This is a specialized realm of hosting, it does not include the pile of options a system like cPanel offers, but with this package, you don’t need that complexity. I can migrate over your site, or if you are starting fresh you can sign-up and WordPress will be configured and deployed quickly!

If your WordPress install is important to you, let FlockHosting improve it’s performance and get you on track. I look forward to serving you!

Meet Jonah!

I’d like to introduce you to Jonah, the latest server in the fleet which has a singular task – Email.

Over the last few months, email has had some issues, from the outages, to blacklists from major providers due to the nature of how hosting has always been setup. In a shared hosting world everything is on the same server, and one ruins it for everyone.

fh_meet_jonahJonah is a great email server which will still allow you control of your accounts like you did in cPanel – and in some areas more control than that of cPanel in which you can manage:

  • Whitelists
  • Blacklists
  • Accounts
  • Aliases
  • Aliased Domains
  • GreyListing
  • Throttling
  • and more!

The server is a labor of love for all FlockHosters, and it is 100% free of charge. That’s right, no cost. I’m finalizing the SSL services but as it stands all general settings are in place to function and manage email!

If you are having problems and need help open a ticket and I’ll gladly help deploy you into the new server but please bear in mind:

  • Jonah is NOT for Newsletters
  • Jonah is NOT for Application Sending (WordPress/CMS type scripts)
  • Jonah IS for daily email
  • Jonah is NOT for forwarding your email to Gmail or another provider.

Now if you have your Blog, Shopping Cart, or other system using your SMTP email, the next step is to get you to a transactional email service. Only use Jonah for your emails that you write, and I can help you do that again – free of charge as there are some free services that will make your blog/newsletter more deliverable.

If you are interested please open a ticket, and let Jonah help deliver your messages!