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!

2015 Quarterly Check-in (1st Quarter)

Greetings!

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:

Okay ticket #20392, You're fixed!
Okay ticket #20392, You’re fixed!

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!

blog-post-wpmanagedManaged WordPress

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!

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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!

screenshot 2Church Hosting

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)
  • Massive Storage
  • 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!

work-n-manGrowing 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:

  • Reseller Plans
  • VPS Servers
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Email Servers
  • Managed WordPress
  • Windows Hosting
  • and more!

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!

Free Upgrade Status

A few customers have emailed in asking about the free upgrades, they are coming slowly but surely – it is an account by account free upgrade not a blanket upgrade process, so I am checking accounting -> current package -> manual upgrade – if you have not already done so, please check your account information and ensure it is up to date, and that you have no outstanding invoices – accounts in good standing are going first, if your having problems logging in or making payment please don’t hesitate to open a ticket.

If you have any questions about upgrades or any of the other recent changes, please don’t hesitate to ask.