by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
The transition to a private server had its problems and outages. But now that FromRome.info is free from Automatic Inc (WordPress.com) it is clear that the traffic generated by its loyal and daily readership is exceeding the current plan at its hosting company, which is a shared hosting plan.
Currently, you can see the site is very slow. It allows only 200 readers per hour. But FromRome. Info in the last year had regularly 500 readers per hour and a max of 4500 per hour.
As for email, those who subscribe to FromRome.Info expect an email notification for each post. But since there are 750 subscribers, and the limit on emails currently is 600 per hour, I cannot send notifications for all.
For that reason, several readers have written me and suggested I hold a fund raiser to make FromRome.Info faster and more accommodating.
THE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
To move to a dedicated server which would give 16x more memory allocation and unlimited email
I have found what looks to be a suitable dedicated hosting plan, which gives this 16x increase on readership and unlimited email. But it will cost $720 if I purchase two years of service in advance. If I only purchase 1 year in advance, I will have to pay $480. So there is a savings of $240 if I purchase 2 years at a time. The advantage of the company I am using is, that if further upgrades are needed in the future, they will credit the entire remaining sum to the newer plan. Unlike Automatic Inc. which stole the outstanding balance.
The resulting increase of cost, as you can see is between $1 and $1.50 per day. The only difficulty is that it has to be payed in advance, because if I only pay monthly they want $3 per day.
So if you would like to help FromRome.Info improve the technical side of its service to you, please consider making a donation here:
THANK YOU ONE AND ALL for all that you make possible here at FromRome.Info!
CREDITS: A photo of Br. Bugnolo translating Bonaventure’s Commentary on his Third Book of Sentences, back in 2013, when he was a student at the Pontifical Faculty of St. Bonaventure, here at Rome. That computer and habit have long ago seen their day, but scriptum manet.