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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!

Church Hosting Outage Update

It has certainly been quiet on here, but a post about an outage was not my plan for a first post back, and while I could have posted the FlockUpdate first, an explanation was due – So let’s get to it.

Thursday afternoon there was an outage which affected Church Hosting and a few other server customers. Immediately the DC was reached and they began a review of hardware and services to see what was going on, and they began researching the cause.

We had some radio silence from them as usually means they are working on a problem if they’ve found one, but it appears it was an issue that expanded to more customers in the data center than just FlockHosting assets.

Upon finally talking with a tech as things were wrapping up it seems the data center had an HVAC failure which began to endanger customer servers and they were required to shut things down to keep the heat down and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

The crews did an amazing job, no data loss or issues.

The secondary outages were caused by many folks who’d been patiently waiting for your Church sites to come back up. The servers were blasted with activity which caused 2 additional web outages as to allow the servers to fully boot & get caught up a little, the web servers were halted briefly, this allowed email to start flooding in, server startup scripts to process boot up processes, and do so and not bring servers offline due to the sheer load of WordPress doing catch-ups like wp-cron running backup scripts at the same time to do backups which were to have been done during the outage.

DC has made repairs for now, but they may do additional maintenance in the coming weeks to ensure this doesn’t happen again so if there are any additional maintenance windows I will post that as soon as possible.

I do apologize for outage, I wish they could be avoided but thankfully God is Good and we don’t see these type that often if at all, so thank you guys for your prayers during the outage, kind words in tickets/live-chat – there are some things coming in July which will continue to expand Church Hosting so more good things are coming!

FlockUpdate for February 2018

Show Notes:

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 – Post Migration

Show Notes:

  • Servers Running Smoother Minor Issues:
    • MySQL Passwords [ Most Fixed ]
      • Find your configuration of your app, for WordPress it’s wp-config.php
      • View the file and copy the password.
      • Go into cPanel -> MySQL Databases -> Bottom where it displays users select change password – Paste.
      • View your site, if not fixed, please open a ticket for further assistance.
    • PHP Configuration [Minor Tweaks]
    • Softaculous Patched up  [ Up-To-Date]
  • PayPal *should* be fixed up – Latest tweak installed yesterday.
  • Billing/Support System Emails Should avoid Spambox!
  • Servers Locked Down Friday
  • FlockHosting.com Preview Next Week (Public Deadline, Holding myself accountable!)