Apologetics Index needs your help!
Earlier today, Apologetics Index was unavailable for several hours. Consistently high traffic rates have caused the site to use more than its share of server resources, causing the server to crash several times this week. Since other sites on the server also go down each time the server crashes, our host temporarily disabled Apologetics Index.
While we are pleased to see that Apologetics Index continues to grow in popularity, our web host provider has let us know that we must move the site to a dedicated server. That means the server would be used only by Apologetics Index, and the site would thus not have to share the server's resources with other websites. This would be ideal, were it not for the fact that our shoestring budget cannot deal with the extra expense of a dedicated server (in addition to the current monthly cost of a semi-dedicated server for Religion News Blog).
One option suggested by our web host is to move both Apologetics Index and Religion News Blog to one dedicated server. Doing so would still increase our server costs to $170.00/month. That said, in investigating all our options - both at our current web host and at other host providers - it appears that our current provider is able to meet our needs (in terms on traffic, diskspace, database use, speed, etcetera) cheaper than other hosts can.
As always, we are committed to providing our websites free of charge. A small portion of our costs is covered by income derived from advertisements carried on both sites. For example, each time you purchase something from Amazon.com through our affiliate link - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home/christianministr - we receive a small commission.
However, for the bulk of our expenses we rely on donations. In other words, our websites are primarily reader-supported. Hence this appeal:
If these websites are of use to you, please consider supporting us with a one-time or monthly donation. If you are willing and able to help us financially, you can safely and securely do so via PayPal: http://tinyurl.com/5nkeb (this link will lead to a PayPal screen that shows "donation@...").
At this writing, we have decided to indeed move both Apologetics Index and Religion News Blog to one dedicated server. Aside from the possibility of a few temporary outages here and there, this move should be transparent to you. You will not have to change or update your bookmarks.
Should you have questions, comments of concerns, please feel free to contact us: ajhein-hudson@...
Anton and Janet Hein-Hudson
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