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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 May 2017

Show Notes:

  • 15 Year Celebration was Awesome! Thanks! Looking for the winners? Scroll past the show notes!
  • New Live Chat – Need to talk? Get in touch!
  • New Status Page – It’s now linked in the Customer Zone, replacing the old network status page.
  • Jonah Migration Coming Soon!
  • New Products
  • Summer Break is Here! Update your profile and add contacts! (Quick Video Coming Soon)
  • New FlockHosting getting closer!

The Winners Are:

Here they are! Get in touch to claim your prize! Just shoot me an email or use any of the methods in the communicate page! Final day to claim your prize is June 30th, and prizes will go out by end of July!

  • Google Home – Katie A. – Burbank, CA
  • Amazon Echo Dot – Chris M. – Burbank, CA
  • Video Projector Setup (Projector + Chromecast) – Terrence F. – Byron, MN
  • $5 Starbucks Gift Cards – Brenten G. – Gainesville, VA
  • $5 Starbucks Gift Cards – Dell L. – Katy, TX
  • $5 Starbucks Gift Cards – Karen P. – Langhorne, PA
  • $5 Amazon Gift Cards – Bonnie H. – Versailles, KY
  • $5 Amazon Gift Cards – Victoria M. – Grove City, OH
  • $5 Amazon Gift Cards – Cheri F. – Grand Rapids, MI
  • $5 Redbox Gift Cards – Thomas S. – Mount Joy, PA
  • $5 Redbox Gift Cards – Francois G. – Orangeville, ON (CA)
  • $5 Redbox Gift Cards – Joseph M. – Broomfield, CO
  • 15 Years Hosting – Ron K. – Eureka, MO

And if you have made it this far just a heads up – there are still Founders Club Spots left! 😀

Have a great rest of May! Talk to you in June!

15 Years of FlockHosting

Show Notes:

  • Amazing 15 years! Let’s celebrate!
  • Prizes Include (Only for FlockHosting Customers):
    • Key Chains – 50 45 Up for Grabs!
    • T-Shirts – 10  9 Up for Grabs!
    • Stickers – 250 249 Up for Grabs!
    • Google Home
    • Amazon Echo Dot
    • Video Projector Setup (Projector + Chromecast)
    • Starbucks Gift Cards
    • Amazon Gift Cards
    • Redbox Gift Cards
    • 15 Years Hosting
    • 3 x $200 Founders Club for Lifetime Hosting (New Founders Club Members Only)
    • 15% off Coupon (Good through May 15 2017) – Code: ITS15YEARS

Now here’s how we are going to get this going – the top 3 in green, are simply up for grabs! Once the stock is done, it’s done! To request it simply email me to request (Include Shirt Size), shirts will be up for purchase after the giveaways are all done so if you want a Shirt they’ll be up in a tiny WooCommerce Store, Stickers & KeyChains – send me a self-addressed stamped envelope, and I’ll send you back some goodies!

Blue items are entry based – you get an entry for just being a customer – so congrats, you’re all entered to win!  However if you want a few more entries into the fun here’s what you can do:

  • Tweet about your experience with FlockHosting (Tag FlockHosting or #FlockHosting15years)
  • Facebook about your experience with FlockHosting (Tag FlockHosting or #FlockHosting15years)
  • Instagram a video about your experience with FlockHosting (Tag FlockHosting or #FlockHosting15years)
  • Post a Comment here on the blog or YouTube comment.
  • Post ANYWHERE online about FlockHosting and send me the link!

You are not limited on entries, just ask you to not go spam crazy, but you can enter and post up until May 5th 2017, and I’ll tally the votes and have a set of winners announced on May 12th.

Lastly the Founds Club is first come, first serve – it’s not going to just go away, it’s here until every package is sold.

That’s it! Look forward to seeing what you guys share! Have fun!

Migration Updates (3/17/17 Migration)

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Here we go folks! Starting this week off with Church:

Church

  • Starting Migration (10:00 PM)
  • Homeward Stretch in Copy, Data Copy should be done by midnight (11:25 PM)
  • Getting closer, if you wish to update your DNS now please update any reference of: 50.2.187.106 to now become: 67.205.161.18 (11:30 PM)
  • Updating FlockHosting DNS Servers as we get closer. (11:32 PM)
  • All site data is migrated. Starting review & repair of SQL database passwords – slow and steady (12:03 AM)
  • Up through sites that start with F – Slow going, but homepages are working – going to start Lilly data transfer shortly (12:43 AM)
  • Currently at L’s – Hang in there folks! Doing what I can to speed this along! You are welcome to make this update yourself too. (1:10 AM)
  • P and Moving on – If I miss anything at all please open a ticket. (1:39 AM)
  • Z and done. Church has been reviewed. (2:33 AM)

This completes a very “Human” aka: Chuck testing, Chuck has been up for a few days, so please if you note anything off, please open a ticket, happy to help.

Lilly

  • Starting Data Migration (12:47 AM)
  • Data migration is around 62% – Wrapping up. (1:10 AM)
  • Update your DNS to reflect a change from: 50.2.191.170 to now become: 23.111.146.75 (1:40 AM)
  • Updating FlockHosting DNS Severs to new IP. (1:45 AM)
  • Reviewing sites for errors. (2:34 AM)
  • Wrapping up last few sites. (3:04 AM)

And that’s a wrap!

This has been a very exhausting processing – two weeks with low sleep – so while you may say “Oh I’ll not bug him”, please open a ticket if you find anything wrong. Things should be good, but if for some reason I’ve missed your site please let me know!

Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

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!