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FlockUpdate for September 2018 (Quarterly)

 

Show Notes:

  • Unblock IP Feature
  • Hardware/Software Updates
    • Backup System Upgrades
    • Software Enhancements (NodeJS/Python Selector)
    • Fresh Network & Hardware
      • Migration of Current Servers -> New Hardware (Schedule coming soon!)
    • Monitoring/Alerting
    • Church Hosting Status
      • Migration of Church to New Hardware (Schedule coming soon!)
  • BIG Audit
    • Billing Audit
    • Services Audit
  • Thanks for watching!

 

Sunday is Here.

This is the mission-critical day for Church Hosters. Hundreds of churches all slowly waking up on Sunday for folks to tune in, download a bulletin, search for that nearby church while visiting from out of town, and maybe just email the final song list to the worship team! So it’s a critical thing! I know the Sunday morning routine (Pastor’s Kid + Music Minister for many years) 😀

So today I’ve really done everything I can to try and ensure the servers function as they should. Our friends in the UK are coming up on noon and their accounts have already surged a bit so PTL first round has taken its hit, now they’ll upload sermons and such while the East Coast of the US comes online and starts their’s here already at 6:30AM we have some load increasing but holding steady!

This will hopefully be the last of such weeks for a long time to come! Matthew has taken some of the Fellowship & Church accounts as well as picked up some more fresh churches (2 deployed last night) but I’ve done what I can to level things out – not perfect, but I pray it will do. 3:30AM here in California, and I’ve reviewed current attacks on WordPress sites adding a few new rules I’ve been testing, and tuned up performance where I can without anything too crazy.

I appreciate the prayers and patience for this day that is to come! Monday we will see a new Fellowship come online and operational! So stay tuned – it’s going to keep getting better and better! If you have any problems please open a ticket, Live Chat may say I’m up and online, but honestly, I’m not. It’s 3:30AM and I have a kiddo with a dollar ready for the offering plate! Good night! I hope you all have a blessed Sunday!

ps. I scheduled this to post later on social media, so times may not make sense. I pray I’m not up when this posts to social networks.

Update: Church Hosting & IP Blocks

First things first – Matthew is doing great! Performance has been awesome for most, some sites we are having to adjust a few minor things to improve performance greatly with improvements in load time and overall server performance, it’s been a great first day, and there is still room for more Church Hosters to make their way over! Doesn’t matter if you are on Fellowship or Church – have about 10 spots left! Open a ticket and you could be moved over in tomorrow’s batch @ 5PM (Pacific)

Onto one other thing…. IP Blocks. 

I can hear the collective groan of “WHY DO WE GET BLOCKED!” well login failures and such happen, sadly I can’t tell if its from a legitimate IP or an attacker, so for your safety and server safety – IP’s do get blocked – well if you are a customer, you can now unblock yourself! Simply login to https://secure.flockhosting.com and look under the support drop-down. That’s it.

It’s that easy. It will populate your current IP so you can have it check for blocks on the server your site resides. No more tickets, live chats, etc. to try and track down an IP and get unblocked. It’s just that easy.

Now Matthew won’t be able to do this till tomorrow, still fine-tuning its link up to the customer zone, but hopefully, tomorrow fine tune a few more settings and have it linked up as well!

Lastly – Church Hosting has grown, and with very soon 4 servers there should be even more options to choose from, namely – Email Hosting Beta. Yes, Beta. Why beta? It’s an un-tested idea which may honestly end up costing even more than I can currently handle! But in good faith that God’s in control, funds will be there and it will be a blessing to folks, I’m going to take a leap forward and begin working on the service and hope for a launch by September’s end (if not sooner) so stay tuned!

More tomorrow (or nearly today as it’s almost midnight) but prayerfully the moved accounts should help keep the old church hosting servers running smoothly! Few more to allow the attacks to not be as load heavy would be great! Please get in touch if you’d like to move, its pain free and quick! Average transfer time is around ~35 Minutes and 5 minutes then for DNS to cut over if you are using FlockHosting Nameservers. Good night!

Hello Matthew!

It’s time to welcome a new member of the Church Hosting server family, Church, Fellowship, and Matthew is the latest in the Church Hosting Fleet.

The naming convention suggested by Keith M. on Facebook, it’s one of two new servers coming to serve churches, and it’ll be ready for use technically today. I had planned to really dig into it and fine tune another 24 hours, but another outage on Fellowship is kicking those plans into action now. This does not mean the server is not ready, just means some performance improvements will be done over a 24 hour period as we settle in – it actually helps give a more realistic set of stats to tune up with – so really a good thing.

All the services and features you know will be there – packages have been copied over from Church & Fellowship so all your features and functions work, software like Softoculous, Sitepad, Let’s Encrypt etc. have all been installed and ready for your use! Even some new performance/security tweaks which were slated for upgrades to all servers the first part of 2019, will be added, so more secure, fewer headaches. Good stuff.

So in an effort to keep folks running smoothly, I’m looking for a max of 20 sites who are up for moving to this new server, that means leaving Church or Fellowship behind for Matthew – the move is painless and simply requires a quick swap on your DNS, if it’s hosted with FlockHosting’s DNS servers even easier still! Looking at maybe a 5-minute window and you’ll be 100% migrated to the new server.

Want in? Quite simply open a trouble ticket and let me know you’d like to move! However, once I hit 20 sites, that’ll be it. I want to keep the moves simple and clean. Now there are more moves in the future – another server is planned (Code Name: 1 of 4 Gospels, leaning towards Luke) + Fellowship and Church will also be re-created so, in the end, you’ll move eventually and things will balance out across all 4 servers – so hang tight! My hope is these 20 will help lighten the load we are having lately and keep things running as smoothly as possible for those remaining on Fellowship/Church for the time being.

Thank you all again for your patience! More tune-ups are coming too for Lilly & Grace very soon! Plus if all goes smoothly, a much-requested feature will be added called “Church Email Hosting” as some churches have requested email-only, but it’s still in testing, and still trying to stir up some funds to do things like mail deliverability and such and not completely break the bank or leave folks with issues sending. So stay tuned!

Church Hosting Update – Special Edition!

It is Sunday! You’d think that bots would have something better to do than to push an attack at 4:30AM bogging down a server till hanging up, and which is still running a little hot at the moment, but thankfully I’m seeing folks get to live stream URL’s and prayer boards – so PTL! God is indeed good to give the servers grace even in these surges of attacks and legitimate traffic.

But as it is Sunday and I have both Church & Family time ahead of me (and yes it’s going to be a bit sleepy!) I did want to address these continual issues we are seeing lately, sure a day or two working is great and I do say Praise God for uptime, but a more solid full-time solution vs. limping is needed so there is a plan. What’s that plan you may say? Well as I want to do this quick so I can go brush my teeth and get the family in the car to get there before song service starts, here’s the quick version:

  1. Fresh Network. Moving to another network, hopefully avoiding what appears to be, attacks common to this network for starters, but having Church Sites makes us a target too – so new network actually offers some DDoS filtering so should help!
  2. Fresh Hardware. Going to get some new hardware and spread out folks a bit to ensure a better growth plan, adding 2 new servers to make 4 total Church Hosting Servers.

So there is more to this for sure, but I wanted to just let folks know, I do take Church Hosting outages seriously. This is not some sub-standard service I’m just handing out for free and if it crashes it crashes, again I was up at 4:30AM to work on this and have continued to monitor this, but a 4yr must sing – and I have to trust that God can monitor the servers even while I’m at Church & Family time after.

Stay tuned this week for a plan to roll out as well as an early migration options to the 2 new servers which need names (Got any ideas?) thanks for your patience, kindness, and prayers!  Updates coming soon!