FlockHosting Blog

FlockUpdate for April 2017

Show Notes:

  • Busy Busy Busy Busy Month!
  • Migrations Completed – How do I tell you about migrations? Text? Email? Newsletter? Smoke Signals?
  • Outages – Not fun, but things have stabilized! Unsure of server statuses? View the status of servers Here.
  • FlockHosting.com – New site soon! Latest before the end of May.
  • PayPal Fixed – If you still show outstanding invoices you paid, please open a ticket and let me know the transaction number and I’ll get you squared away.
  • New Software – CacheWall caching, and SiteMush now installed and active on your cPanel login, take a look!
  • 15 Years of FlockHosting
    • Some Giveaway information on Wednesday.
    • Founders Club – 3 Spots open – $200 for a single hosting package which is LIFETIME hosting. Last time this will EVER be offered!
    • Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Starbucks Gift Cards, etc. keep an eye out!
  • Need time with me? Video Conference or Just a call? You can now schedule some time. You can find this on the Communicate Page too!
  • Have a great last week of April! Till next month! Have a good one!

FlockUpdate for February 2017

Show Notes

FlockUpdate November 2016

Show Notes:

  • Moved to a new home! Thus been busy! Projects + Moving = Tired
  • Weebly Farewell – Didn’t Work – No Pickup – Site Mush
  • Mail Deliverability – All Servers using MailChannels (Except Private Servers)
  • cPanel .60 Release, DNS, and more! Full Release Notes here!
  • Billing Upgrade this weekend! Quick Blip, then done.
  • Migration of Grace, Lilly, Church & Fellowship (Church & Grace SQL Issues – Moving in January, Lilly, and Fellowship in December)
  • New FlockHosting.com
    • New Pricing – $7ish range single package
    • WordPress Hosting – Improved Speed, Improved Tools, Simple Pricing
    • FlockHosting Design some ideas coming soon! Are you a designer? Get in touch!
  • VPS Pricing is going down considerably! New VPS tech, going to launch with the release of the new site!
  • New Gear and Giveaways coming soon! Lower prices for those who want the goodies, proceeds go to keep Church Hosting Running!
  • Have a great one and as always email or use the communicate page to get in touch!

FlockUpdate: Quick Email Update

About Email Changes

So email continues to be a problem. Grace, Church, and Fellowship all have had a few tests which work without issue but requires a setup for each domain one-by-one. This solution launched to ALL of Lilly, in a single install method – No more one-by-one.

What this does is look for patterns of spam, so like incoming spam filters it filters, all the outgoing email to make sure it’s not something junk going out, thus making it easier to ensure mail has gone out cleanly!

There are some add-on’s I haven’t enabled yet, but it will give you the ability to find out why you had email dropped, but as it stands while I’m cleaning up, some of you likely have NO idea you are sending spam if your site is compromised. I’ll be emailing those with compromised sites as I find them.

This service like all those in testing is 100% free of charge. The goal long-term is to provide you guys with trouble-free email if at all possible! We’ve got Spam better for most with MX GuardDog, if testing continues well, we may have a fleet-wide solution for outgoing email as well!

Remembering 9/11

a0000141

Please be sure to keep those affected by 9/11 in your prayers.

State of the Server (2016)

I was asked recently as things calmed down if I could do a “State of the Server” address, and you know what? Sure thing. It’s been about two years since the last one, let’s talk about where we stand!

Server: Grace & Church

This past weekend Grace & Church got their migrations completed, customers are moved over, and backups from the previous are still in place for about another week then I’m going to purge and free up space once we are in the clear 100%.

So what did we do in the realm of an upgrade? Well, we went from a Xeon L5420 series of CPUto an Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3 – definitely a more modern CPU! The memory we are still at 16GB, but I’ve been working to fine-tune the CloudLinux Setup.

Upgrades to Network too – a completely different path out of Dallas vs. Atlanta, but too 1gbps ports vs. 100mbps ports.

Server: Fellowship & Lilly

These two kids have been on their newer hardware for a while now, still rocking the Xeon E3-1230 – just the v1 not the latest v3, but still running like a champ with 16GB of memory, and a fairly well tuned CloudLinux setup to ensure everyone is getting fair use.

Server: VPS Servers

All private VPS and Mail Servers are still using the older network and provider. The move is not as easy as packaging up a pile of accounts, doing this is going to take more time and will come likely in July/August. I am looking at if we continue using OpenVZ (which has served us well) or make the jump to KVM.

If you use the VPS or Mail Servers and have a thought – drop it in the comments below!

Server: Name Servers

Still running DNS spread out in 2 locations and clustered – I will note Grace and Church are not yet linked into the cluster just yet, but they will soon, and no matter where you are – we have a name server that is close and ready to respond!

Server: Managed WordPress & Backup

Managed WordPress just did a BIG upgrade, invested a lot into the system which helps keep your WordPress Blogs up-to-date! Includes some features which I’ll be rolling out in weeks to come including Wordfence & iThemes Security scans on a regular basis, as well as some spring cleaning of your databases to make sure your websites run smoothly!

We now have 3TB of storage across three separate backup servers – this is a continual upgrade and looking at adding at least two more TB of storage before years end! Staying ahead of the growth not just in Church Hosting, but too folks in paid hosting, and with the $7 package coming soon I’m betting, even more, growth!

That’s it! I am always looking to improve, grow and expand services, more goodies are coming as we grow this year! Stay tuned for more!