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Fresh FlockHosting — Day 2: Affiliate Program

Re-Thinking the Affiliate Program

First and foremost, if you are not a registered customer, there is not a way to become an affiliate at the moment. It is not a program to earn you CASH, but it is a program to earn you (for now) FREE HOSTING. If you’re not sure how to get started, here is a quick and easy guide:

Step 1

Goto the Affiliate’s Page:

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Step 2

Activate your account!

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From there you’ll be given a link to use on your own website, forum signature, twitter post, facebook post, you name it – promote it and earn the standards:

  • Church / Personal – $1
  • Business – $2
  • BUILT Hosting – $2-$3 (Depending on Package)

If you’re needing some banner options, here are some that are currently available. More are coming soon!

 

All referrals must remain a customer for 60 days (2 months) and the amount will be added to you’re affiliate program balance. If you have any feedback about this or if you need to get in touch with me, check out the communicate page or leave a comment!

Fresh FlockHosting — Day 1: BUILT Hosting

BUILT Hosting

Show notes are a little more elaborate than your usual FlockUpdate. Basically, I want to give a bit more detail by outlining the “BLOG” version of BUILT Hosting. What will BUILT Hosting include for a blog? Why the following:

  • Latest WordPress Installed for You!
  • A Theme of Your Choosing (From ThemeForest or Similar WordPress Theme Shop)
  • Install of Theme & Helpful Safe Plugins
  • Video Tutorials of Managing Your Site with WordPress
  • Theme Specific Guides (Provided by The Theme’s Creator)
  • Configuration of Update Notifications
  • Tie in of JetPack Services
  • Your own domain
  • Monthly Website Hosting
  • 1-3GB of Storage (Scalable as needed up-to 3GB)
  • 10-20GB of Bandwidth (Scalable as needed up-to 20GB)
  • 1-2 Hours of Scheduled Voice/Video Chat via Skype/Google Hangout
  • Standard Ticket Support
  • Live Chat Help As-Needed
  • And all the usual FlockHosting Standard Goodies!

And that’s just the basics of what I have in mind that will be configured for you without you having to lift a finger! The design again is to make it as user-friendly as possible while providing the ease of getting setup, configured and online without having to know instantly how to make the web work. I do the heavy lifting and help you get all setup and running, and I am with you for the long-haul to ensure you’re able to do what you need to do!

Now, there will be specific guidelines on what will/won’t fly aside from the two hours of Video/Voice Chat. There will be a Managed Site option if you want to be able to simply send in updates/pictures etc. and have me update. For the most part, the goal is to educate you to do this on your own. However, for some, a small monthly fee is better than doing the updates themselves.

So starting on July 1st, there will be a few options to choose from. Pricing and such will be announced on the first as I am shooting to have it be a fairly standard monthly rate or a great deal on a yearly+ option. There will be a setup fee to cover time required to enable all of theses features/functionality as it will require some work – so stay tuned on the 1st for the following BUILT Configurations:

  • Blog
  • E-Commerce
  • Ministry
  • Photography

Other setups will come in time for Bands, Non-Profits, Fundraisers, etc., but all will be fairly priced with options like Managed Site for managed updates and such. This service will change and grow with your feedback. Have a thought already on this? Help shape it before it even gets completely launched! Post a comment or send in an email! Looking forward to hearing from you!

Koinonia Migration Update

So last night around 2am the migration took place – the outage lasted 30 minutes according to monitoring – but all things are up and running, things are a tad snappier – and looking good!

Still going to monitor things and see if a server migration is needed, but as it stands things are looking very good! God’s been sending his IT Angels to help and just glad everything has migrated smoothly for now, but I do want to ensure everyone’s services are safe, secure, and stable – so I’ll continue monitoring, but for now – things are looking much much better!

Thank you for your continued prayers & patience in this process! Much appreciated! I’m going to go sneak in a nap 🙂

Church Hosting (Koinonia) Update

So over the last 5 days Koinonia has had a rough patch, some issues with the storage array created a few more problems than just some downtime – email and a few other sub-systems were effected by some data corruption which wasn’t at first apparent as some a large portion of folks utilize Google Apps and there is not a huge amount of use on subsystem.

However a few folks reported issues and I began digging in and found some errors – most of the problems are fixed now, but I am still monitoring for 2 more days very closely to ensure we are 100% back up to par, as I have always said Church Hosting just because it is free doesn’t mean it gets less support – to that end a plan is in place.

If I notice anything in the next two days (or at all this week for that matter) I’ll be deploying a fresh server – 100% from the ground up ready to go, and I’ll begin migrating customers to the new server – all of your data, email accounts, configuration, etc. will all be backed up, moved, and DNS adjusted to a new Koinonia, a fresh install ready to get going – the process should take roughly 1 hour as I’ll be making adjustments to the DNS refresh rates so that it will roll over quicker and once things are sorted it’ll go back to standard.

But if this happens I will be sending out a email blast to all churches on Koinonia with a time frame of when all this will happen, my goal will be a 24 hour notice – granted if something crops up which is dangerous or puts data at further risk with delay, I’ll be escalating this plan – but as it is, things are much much more stable and running a lot smoother – so hopefully we’ll be good to go, and I’ll schedule a migration none the less at a later date and time with more advanced warning.

I do apologize for the outages and hiccups with email – I am working on making sure everything is running smoothly and that plans are in place to ensure things are working at 100% and your sites are functioning properly but your prayers for this matter are appreciated, as I do like to get some sleep, and when things aren’t working I don’t tend to sleep till its functional again, thus why at nearly 11pm things are running smoother and I can get a few hours in again before I get back to monitoring and fine tuning things again.

Stay tuned, more blog posts to follow!