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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!

Migration is a Go!

So if you recently watched the recent FlockUpdate you’ll know that Church Hosting has a migration planned, I’d actually sent out a note to folks using Church Hosting about a week back, and tonight I sent out the news of the date – This Friday starting at 10 PM.

Turn around is quick, not going to be a huge deal, again this should go quickly, even right now syncing in the newest sign-ups for Church Hosting who’ve been cleared and setup! This is going to be flawless! I’ve run test after test, this is the 3rd sync only having to update 1GB last time! So hoping to keep it up to date so once I finish the last sync, I simply search and replace DNS references of the old IP’s and it’s done. 5 minutes later everyone will be online!

If you for some strange reason didn’t get a note about the move (Please check your spam or Update your email address on file!), but to save you the hassle of asking for a resending of the email, here are the IP’s:

New Church IP: 142.54.180.243 (Old IP: 67.205.161.18)
New Fellowship IP: 142.54.180.244 (Old IP: 138.68.47.120)

This is only needed if you are using your own DNS servers and not FlockHosting’s FH1/FH2.FLOCKHOSTING.COM nameservers – for most this should be nothing needed, but those of you who are making this switch before you go to bed on Friday and in the morning Saturday you’ll be on a new server.

Please also shut down email clients, browsers and restart your phone in the morning (If you are using Email) this should help completely eliminate caching issues.

If you have ANY questions please drop a line in LiveChat, Trouble Ticket, or Email me directly! Here to help!

FlockUpdate for September 2017

Show Notes for September 2017

  • Natural Disaster Relief – Send Suggestions to Donate.
  • Jonah Migration – Not Done! Some hiccups in the new system, so I’ve decided to hold off – I’m going to slowly move folks back to cPanel for the time being – please open a ticket with users & passwords and I’ll get you migrated ASAP!
  • New Site Launch Coming Next Week!
  • Crypto Currency Payments – Delays in finding a functional module, working on it!
  • Church Hosting Explosive Growth! Larger Server Storage Coming VERY Soon! Migration plan very soon!
  • Information out of date? Stopped using services? Please visit the customer zone and let me know!
  • October Customer Appreciation Month + Still some Founders Club spots left!

Support Rocks!

At the end of the year and the start of the year, I got a few donations in for FlockHosting’s Church Hosting! It’s an awesome blessing and really does help me out tremendously!

I’ve also gotten some notes from people wanting to donate quarterly and monthly – everything helps! I’m not asking for anyone to go hungry, but even if you just gave up a cup of coffee a week (I’m talking Starbucks PSL’s) and donate that for a month, you would be helping out churches galore!

But how does it help? Well just got an email yesterday from a church hoster who had this to say:

I want to say, once again, thank you for your ministry! We recently had a young couple come and join us at LUMC in large part because of our Website! That’s such a huge blessing! Jim N.

Awesome blessing to know that these website tools are helping to build a presence online that can help folks find the good news in their local area, visiting a nearby town, and more! Donations like those that have come in of even $5 one time help me to cover costs of many services including Weebly! It has some advanced features I can’t just foot the bill for – so this helps me help churches who need advanced features!

So thank you guys so much who’ve donated and agreed to donate – I wish I was a non-profit and could give you a perk back, but I know God won’t let your donations come back void! God Loves a Cheerful Giver! Thanks for cheerfully supporting FlockHosting’s free Church Hosting!

Church Hosting Growth

Over a year ago FlockHosting’s State of the Server painted the migration of servers. In the case of Church Hosting it combined Fellowship and Koinonia into 1 server: Church.

Well it has been a year and those combined servers and about 75 churches more, Church is full! While the tech behind the server could support another 100 sites or so, I want room for every account to grow.

The joy of Church Hosting is getting emails like this:

“Hi,

We are getting notices that we have reached our limits, how much does it cost to get more storage for our site?”

Of course there is my favorite reply:

“Hello!

I have increased the storage! Enjoy and please let me know if you need anything else!”

Church Hosting is about being a blessing to churches. No costly hosting, no big bills. Free. And that’s how I’d love to keep it!

I currently have a few more expenses that are big priorities, big one is the little girl sleeping to my right. She’s not always the most affordable, but she’s pretty cute and I love her to pieces.

So I am looking for a little help. There are a few options in how you can help get things running again sooner than later for churches! With 2 folks already in the wings asking “When can we launch?” your help can be huge right now to help churches far and wide get their sites online.

Few ways you can help:

  • Become a Founder – I have 2 1 spot left. 2 1. You become part of an exclusive group with savings on all other products. Your hosting package is lifetime hosting. Be one of the final 10 – and wait for more things planned for the Founders.
  • Donate to Help – If you can spare some funds to help springboard us, it’d be an amazing help! Even $5 can get things one step closer to lighting up the new hardware and coming online!

I do hope to have a full-fledged crowd funding setup, but for now if you could be so bold and be a founder, that’d help! If you can donate any amount, that helps too!

Church Hosting has blessed a great number of churches who were paying $15 a month or more! That means the church has a spare $180 in their pocket a year! Imagine that $180 going to benevolence, or helping send a kid to camp! A husband or wife to a men’s/women’s conference! Let FlockHosting handle the hosting, you handle your Flock!

Help me help churches around the world! Be a part of getting things running again!