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327Religion News Blog Update

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  • Anton Hein
    Apr 2, 2004
      Greetings everyone,

      As you may know, Religion News Blog - the news section of
      Apologetics Index - has seen frequent outages over the past few
      weeks. Last week, the site even was offline for 5 days in a row.
      Ever since it came back up a couple of days ago, we have experienced
      database errors affecting the functionality of the site - and since
      early this morning, the site is offline again.

      After numerous calls and email exchanges with our host's support
      team, we were informed that Religion News Blog is simply too popular
      for their hosting package. That is, the site uses more computer
      resources than can be allocated at our current account level. We
      therefore must upgrade to a service that is far more expensive than
      we can afford.

      After talking and praying about this issue, we do not think that
      dropping the site is an option we should consider. After all,
      Religion News Blog has become an integral part of Apologetics Index.
      Since its inception, Religion News Blog - the continuation of our
      previous "Religion News Report" - has become the most popular
      Christian source of news about cults, sects, religions and related
      issues. Feedback shows that it is used by professional and lay
      researchers, reporters, authors, teachers and professors, news
      services, law enforcement officers, legal professionals, government
      officials, etcetera. Better yet, we've seen people come to Jesus,
      while other have left - or did not get involved with - cults or
      abusive and/or heretical churches.

      After checking into many options, we have located a service that
      will cost us $44.95/month. In reviewing our needs and rate of
      growth the company in question let us know that we may eventually
      (soon, in fact) have to move to a so-called "virtual dedicated
      server," at $69.95/month. The difference: Our current web hosting
      package has Religion News Blog share a server with hundreds to
      thousands of other accounts. At the next step up (with the new
      company), the server hosts only 20 accounts. The virtual dedicated
      server is hosts only 1 account (though, when the time is there, we
      will be able to host both Apologetics Index and Religion News Blog
      under that account).

      Most of you know of our precarious financial position. If you are
      able and willing to help, please consider supporting us:

      If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to
      contact me: ahein@...

      Anton and Janet Hein-Hudson
      Apologetics Index
      Research resources on religions, cults, sects, doctrines, and
      related issues:
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com (News and news archives)
      http://www.apologeticsindex.org (Other research resources)