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Church Hosting Outage Update

It has certainly been quiet on here, but a post about an outage was not my plan for a first post back, and while I could have posted the FlockUpdate first, an explanation was due – So let’s get to it.

Thursday afternoon there was an outage which affected Church Hosting and a few other server customers. Immediately the DC was reached and they began a review of hardware and services to see what was going on, and they began researching the cause.

We had some radio silence from them as usually means they are working on a problem if they’ve found one, but it appears it was an issue that expanded to more customers in the data center than just FlockHosting assets.

Upon finally talking with a tech as things were wrapping up it seems the data center had an HVAC failure which began to endanger customer servers and they were required to shut things down to keep the heat down and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

The crews did an amazing job, no data loss or issues.

The secondary outages were caused by many folks who’d been patiently waiting for your Church sites to come back up. The servers were blasted with activity which caused 2 additional web outages as to allow the servers to fully boot & get caught up a little, the web servers were halted briefly, this allowed email to start flooding in, server startup scripts to process boot up processes, and do so and not bring servers offline due to the sheer load of WordPress doing catch-ups like wp-cron running backup scripts at the same time to do backups which were to have been done during the outage.

DC has made repairs for now, but they may do additional maintenance in the coming weeks to ensure this doesn’t happen again so if there are any additional maintenance windows I will post that as soon as possible.

I do apologize for outage, I wish they could be avoided but thankfully God is Good and we don’t see these type that often if at all, so thank you guys for your prayers during the outage, kind words in tickets/live-chat – there are some things coming in July which will continue to expand Church Hosting so more good things are coming!

FlockUpdate for March 2017

Show Notes for March 2017

  • Uptime Issues – Access the status page for outages.
  • Rolling Reboots – Throughout this week (3/6 -> 3/10) at 10PM->2AM
  • PayPal Issues – Have you paid? Getting a late notice? For the time being please let me know if you’ve paid and provide the transaction ID so I can get you marked as paid!
  • Migrations! New Server Configurations – Starting this Friday with Fellowship and Grace, followed next week with Lilly and Church.
  • Passwords are out of date. Long long long long LONG ago I deployed a configuration adjustment to keep things running smoothly as we upgraded MySQL, however! This has produced the problem that MySQL when migrating to thi…… A more complete set of tips will be written in a separate post (that way you can get back to the FlockUpdate!) 🙂
  • Donations can be made if you so desire via this website .
  • Social Networking is getting going this week, if you haven’t already add us on one of these great options each may have a surprise or two:
  • Google+
  • Facebookt
  • Twitter
  • Newsletter Sign-up
  • Thanks for the Birthday Wishes! Looking to make 2017 an amazing year for MySelf and FlockHosting! If you feel wild, promo code: 37BDAY – Sign-up for something new for a year 🙂

FlockUpdate September 2016

Show Notes:

  • Last Show Recap
    • FlockHosting.com – New Site Coming Soon!
      • Testimonials Welcome! Help folks know you love FlockHosting!
    • Jonah Working Well! Wanting a Mail-Only Server? We can move you over!
    • External Forwarding… Why?! It helps cut down the flow of spam from our servers -> other providers – help us shut them down. Keeping using Gmail, instructions from last FlockUpdate. Need help? Open a ticket.
    • WordPress Hosting – Slow uptake, want to test it out? Let me know!
    • Spam Experts on Hold.
  • Next Step on Your Site – Discuss it on FlockHosting Talk.
  • T-Shirt Sale! Get yours!
  • Email Deliverability Update – Improvements across the board, all servers migrated to MailChannels by Week’s End (09/23/2016).
  • From Chuck’s Desk – Upcoming Podcast to be released this Friday! Posting bi-weekly! Want to be on it? Get in touch! We’ll work out a topic useful to listeners & include some promo for you and your business!
  • Want some freebies? Keychains? Stickers? Business Cards? All you need to do is send in a self-address stamped envelope! I’ll stuff it full of goodies and get it coming your way! Just mail it to:
    • FlockHosting
      3501 Mall View Rd
      Suite 115-162
      Bakersfield,CA 93306

Look forward to talking with you guys very soon!

An Update on Chuck

Some of you may of seen the Facebook Post:

Posting from an ER bed tonight, in what I hope is simply be 100% sure I am a OK! prayers are appreciated as I go through…

Posted by FlockHosting on Friday, May 15, 2015

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. 🙂

Thanks for reading & praying! More updates soon!

FlockUpdate for September 2013

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Show Notes

  • Thanks for Engagement Congrats!
  • Varnish Cache Slowly Deployed – Blog update when completed!
  • Church Hosting growing!
  • Continued Prayers for FlockHosting & Me
  • Kickstarter? Crowdsourcing? Maybe.
  • Donations Welcome
  • Tim settling in!
  • Church Hosting Be Good Stewards!
  • Keep your scripts up-to-date!
  • Updated Knowledge Base (More soon!)
  • Get in touch! Communicate with Me!
  • Stay tuned for Customer Appreciation Month!