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
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