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Church Hosting Final 5

So we are coming to the last 5 seats for the server Church. Over 100+ sites on the single server, and while we could build it denser, and add another 100 people, let’s leave some room to breathe, and allow churches to upload photos, bulletins, sermons, videos and more.

Church Hosting’s 2nd server – few things we need to get rolling:

  • A server name! Current server is simply named Church, what is a good name for this 2nd server?
  • 1 year of funding for the hardware & software.
  • More churches!

When I originally put this project into motion I put it on a simple VPS server Koinonia it did the job, and thinking this would grow slowly-ish I figured it’d give me time to research new hardware, new configurations, but Koinonia very quickly got filled, overloaded, and while VPS tech let me upgrade it, obviously VPS wasn’t the fit, another VPS Fellowship came online to fill in the gaps as we needed power. Shortly there after the current server came online to house both servers with plenty of resources, CloudLinux to help balance out the load. A great start, but let’s do more.

I recently announced a server to replace Lilly’s current hardware – I want to do a similar configuration for Church Hosting’s new server – but there is a cost, about $4,000 a year to do the dream configuration I’d love to see (Raid10 Storage, 32GB of Ram, Newer CPU, Better Network), I can do a simpler box with a little less for around half of that cost, but at this point I’m working out the budget to accommodate.

There have been a handful of you who have donated money towards Church Hosting, not sure if you want your names publicly mentioned, but thank you! Hopefully others out there can chip in too, I really still want to do crowd funding, but I don’t have the time now with standing projects – but if you want to help, please visit: https://crowd.flockhosting.com

No matter what Church Hosting will continue to take orders, once we are full, the order form will note a longer-delay, once I have enough funds to deploy the new server (hopefully very soon) I’ll get it deployed and configured, maybe 2-3 weeks at current project load, but if you have any wish to help, like those who’ve donated before, I appreciate it greatly!

Stay tuned Church Hosting isn’t stopping or going anywhere! Contribute a server name if you like, would love for FlockHosters to pick the next name!

New FlockHosting.com!

FlockHosting.com has been updated! Fresh look, some new services, and more on the way! For now though I’ve added a few new add-on’s for current customers to, when you order a new account or when you check the available add-on’s in your account you can now choose from these two options:

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Managed WordPress is here! For $10 a month FlockHosting will fine tune and secure your WordPress based site, see the new site for details! But too if you are wanting you can sponsor a church by adding $1 extra to your monthly bill!

Other new additions such as Email Servers is a great new addition, and Reseller Access to manage and create your own accounts without a need to sign-up all of your accounts, you become your own hosting company!

More is on the way, but going into the month of May I do need to ask for some help!

What’s Going On….

What started out as a simple idea “Hosting Churches for Free…. I can do that” has grown! With even the new hardware I’ve reached the point where when I get 2-3 orders a week and currently 5 orders pending free domains & free hosting – I need help.

The thing about doing a ministry to churches like this is everything else is going to come under attack, and while I’ve had a church or two get hacked, my business as a whole has seen a huge increase in attacks, one this past weekend took out an entire server for one of my customer’s for several hours, not good – My primary computer is starting to get glitchy, and finances are tight (9 month olds are expensive!) 🙂

So if you could lend a hand, here’s the list in priority:

#1 – Prayer

I need your prayers, if you could tack Me, My Family, & Business into your prayers, I could use it! Try juggling a 9 month old & trying to deal with an outage, stressful for sure.

#2 – Promote

I don’t have a huge advertising budget and I’d love if you could help promote FlockHosting and help really bolster things up to where I can build up Church Hosting, and provide a new batch of customers with great hosting!

#3 – Donate

Yes it’s actually #3 on my list, while I would love for someone to just donate $10,000 and really fund Church Hosting for this entire year & growth of it – I’d love for that need to be on someone’s heart and it just happen as God see’s fit, if you’re that person then please by all means feel free to donate and lend a hand to grow past 200 churches hosting!

More to come!

I’ve gotten a few requests for SSL Certificates, Dedicated Servers, and Website Design, more is on the way, I just wanted to get the new site online and really put out the note that FlockHosting could really use your help!

Church Hosting On Deck!

So paid customers this past week got a taste of new hardware and improvements to the servers, hopefully you are all enjoying it! And while Crowdfunding for Church Hosting really didn’t take off sadly, that doesn’t change that I still have a view of Church Hosting growing.

So why stop growth? Two servers both really just maxing out and filling up – well it’s time to kick it up a notch while I’m at it, let’s make a new server and we will call it simply…

Church

We’ve had Fellowship and Koinonia both servers are nearly full – I try to keep some room but when the demand keeps up at on average 2-4 accounts a month sign-up, it’s time to really buckle down and make a way for Churches to Grow. More room for Email, more room for MP3 sermons and much much more! Let’s just be honest, I haven’t given up my dream of a big Church Hosting platform that rocks! Here’s still my dream list:

  • Email Only Service (similar to Google Apps)
  • Massive Storage
  • Video Streaming
  • Audio Streaming
  • Windows Hosting
  • Help Making Apps for Android/iPhone
  • Logo Design
  • Custom Programming
  • Pre-Fab WordPress Setup (fill in the blanks!)

I’m going to step out in faith and KNOW that God is GOOD! Let’s get things setup for a bigger Church Hosting and take that step and see where God leads the next one!

The new server Church will bring the latest tech, the latest security enhancements, and even more room for growth as you need it! More CPU dedicated towards your websites! Let’s me be a good steward with the resources we have at hand, and toss as much as I can at the server to ensure your websites load quickly, safely, and have the latest and greatest!

So all sites are moving! I don’t have a date just yet, waiting for word on the new hardware in the morning from the Data Center – Likely Monday, but don’t quote me on that just yet! Fellowship & Koinonia will both re-locate! If you are managing your own DNS stay tuned, I’ll get a new IP to you!

Why?

Because I do have a vision of Churches saving money on hosting – saving the church even $50 a year is $50 to feed a family, fill a gas tank, you name it! Let the funds of the church be used to serve the community around it, and let me serve them on the web! Sadly I don’t always get every church to believe this is a free service, nor does every church see the self-hosted platform as the best way to get online, very few take and utilize the help I have offered! It’s not just a free lunch, dinner is included too!

Recently a church came on board, then when they found things to be difficult they just said “Point my domain at XYZ” and then even after that they were back a week later because they saw that service XYZ was charging for every.. little.. thing. I’m not.

So let me help you get your website online! I have been helping churches set up something that may not be a multi-million dollar website theme, but some great options out there for getting a great looking website, and many churches are having a great time making a website!

More is coming after the Church Migration, including easy upgrades and management by FlockHosting at again no cost! Things are getting good!

Stay tuned for more, I’ll newsletter on this and the next post coming Friday about a new service called FlockHosting Design! Stay tuned! Have a blessed night all!

It’s a Joy!

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For some of the folks using Church Hosting I know it’s simply a free service – nothing to it, use it, get online – piece of cake, the man behind the curtain isn’t a thought – but I wanted to share my heart a bit on what Church Hosting growth means to Me.

I know I go on and on about it’s importance of saving churches money and helping spread the gospel online, but this is a HUGE blessing to me to be able to serve churches! I reached out to church host’ers and go some fun feedback, everything from big thanks, the “ok” to post their website on FlockHosting’s upcoming update to Church Hosting pages, to even HUGE requests for possibly helping manage entire groups of Churches and one even let me know that they are putting out the word to “about 700 churches” – only 700… No big deal (starts praying now!)

free-churchGod is Good people! I know for some this makes NO sense, why I’d give away a service, why I’d support it end to end with help managing WordPress and tutorials on how to get things updated and managed smoothly, I’ve even helped here and there with design and doing updates/upgrades and more – Why? It’s what FlockHosting has been doing since day one. Helping people is what I love doing,  I even do it for paying customers too at no charge! It’s a blessing to serve!

So things with the new server “Fellowship” are ready to go! What all does that entail?

  • DNS Cluster all sync’d up and ready to add new domains!
  • Added to the Billing System for Easy Setups for Customers & Ease of Getting Support!
  • Softaculous Auto-Installer Licensed and Installed
  • SSL Certificate setup for cPanel, FTP, IMAP, POP3 and Webmail
  • New Anti-Spam Solution with good results!
  • Latest WordPress ready to be installed for Churches!
  • 24/7 Remote Monitoring
  • Nightly Backups Configured

And that’s just the basics! More to come! I’m excited as folks are getting in touch with me about “Can you do this?” or “Will Software X work?” and where the answer is “not right now” that’s just it, right now is but a moment! Growth for the future is on the horizon and “not right now” will transform into “right now”!

A BIG request coming in lately is “Do you do JUST email?” – I want to say yes, but as it stands – I’m not ready just yet, but soon! Already begun looking at BIG mail appliances to handle Email Filtering (both incoming & outgoing) so I can help keep things running without a server on a blacklist constantly – and ensure folks are using the email service for GOOD not EVIL! So stay tuned!

So keep FlockHosting in your prayers, some fun is un-rolling here, and Church Hosting will have a fundraiser here soon which will help fund the next few big jumps in church hosting! With 700+ churches getting the word from a trusted source… I may need to learn to drink coffee! 🙂

Have a BLESSED weekend all! And thanks for spreading the word!

 

Church Hosting Expansion!

The time has come… the server is to the brim! It’s time for another Church Hosting Server!

free-churchIn 2011 Church Hosting started and to be honest, it’s been a bit of a climb! Some folks even to this day think there is some catch, some “gotcha!” waiting for them in the wings, and yet those who’ve signed up (now over 40 churches!) are seeing the blessings of Church Hosting! No overages, just church hosting and support for their websites!

Where are we going from here? Bigger and Better! I still have been researching the idea of mass-storage for sermons, some churches are growing their audio archives, and still my desire for Video looms in the sidelines, I want it to be done right, and that’ll come with the launch of Crowd Funding, it will help really launch Church Hosting into a true Version 2.0!

For now Koinonia is FULL!  We have some very active churches right now and I don’t want to try to put my usual max on the server – this way all churches get the perfect use and room for growth long-term! So folks on Koinonia, your safe! Nothing’s going to change anytime soon (unless you get insanely popular, in which case you’ll move to the new server!) and I’m going to actually improve upon Koinonia with some more resources by the end of March which should give that some more wiggle room in case current users need more resources!

The new server (Named Fellowship) is being provisioned right now in which case should be online by by day’s end at the latest Friday if some software licenses are delayed, but hopefully sooner as for now if any new Church Hosting orders come in they will be placed on hold until the new server is stable – additional software licenses will roll in as they come, so advanced anti-spam may be slightly delayed a day or two.

So THANK YOU! Thank each and every one of you for spreading the word about Church Hosting! It’s exciting to see what it’s doing! The Church Hosting part of FlockHosting will be tuned up over the next few months so stay tuned for great things coming!