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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 for February 2017

Show Notes

New FlockHosting.com!

FlockHosting.com has been updated! Fresh look, some new services, and more on the way! For now though I’ve added a few new add-on’s for current customers to, when you order a new account or when you check the available add-on’s in your account you can now choose from these two options:

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Managed WordPress is here! For $10 a month FlockHosting will fine tune and secure your WordPress based site, see the new site for details! But too if you are wanting you can sponsor a church by adding $1 extra to your monthly bill!

Other new additions such as Email Servers is a great new addition, and Reseller Access to manage and create your own accounts without a need to sign-up all of your accounts, you become your own hosting company!

More is on the way, but going into the month of May I do need to ask for some help!

What’s Going On….

What started out as a simple idea “Hosting Churches for Free…. I can do that” has grown! With even the new hardware I’ve reached the point where when I get 2-3 orders a week and currently 5 orders pending free domains & free hosting – I need help.

The thing about doing a ministry to churches like this is everything else is going to come under attack, and while I’ve had a church or two get hacked, my business as a whole has seen a huge increase in attacks, one this past weekend took out an entire server for one of my customer’s for several hours, not good – My primary computer is starting to get glitchy, and finances are tight (9 month olds are expensive!) 🙂

So if you could lend a hand, here’s the list in priority:

#1 – Prayer

I need your prayers, if you could tack Me, My Family, & Business into your prayers, I could use it! Try juggling a 9 month old & trying to deal with an outage, stressful for sure.

#2 – Promote

I don’t have a huge advertising budget and I’d love if you could help promote FlockHosting and help really bolster things up to where I can build up Church Hosting, and provide a new batch of customers with great hosting!

#3 – Donate

Yes it’s actually #3 on my list, while I would love for someone to just donate $10,000 and really fund Church Hosting for this entire year & growth of it – I’d love for that need to be on someone’s heart and it just happen as God see’s fit, if you’re that person then please by all means feel free to donate and lend a hand to grow past 200 churches hosting!

More to come!

I’ve gotten a few requests for SSL Certificates, Dedicated Servers, and Website Design, more is on the way, I just wanted to get the new site online and really put out the note that FlockHosting could really use your help!

Server Work & Upgrades

Over the next week or so I am working with one of the companies FH’s servers are located with to spread out servers a bit – no changes/updates are required of any FH customer, but there will be some downtime as things are re-located within the datacenter – a full game plan will be made and posted breaking down when each server will go down in the evening, but once the re-location of things is done, you’ll be right back up and running! Looking at as little as 15-20 minutes of outage in the evening, but I’ll have a firmer time-table soon.

Also more batches of upgrades are in the works, and things are progressing nicely – next week pricing for SSL, Add-on Domains, and more will be added to the options for packages, so stay tuned for more additions as the site continues to take off, and also prepare for the return of a FlockHosting classic “Crazy October”! Already working on not only deals, but giveaways this year, so stay tuned!

Have a Blessed and Wonderful Weekend everyone!