The Future Of MusicScribe and SGHistory

The Future Of MusicScribe and SGHistory

If you find SGHistory.com to be valuable for research, and if you visit MusicScribe.com for new articles regularly, please say a prayer.

The cost of keeping the sites online 24/7 has been surging since mid-May with no fix in sight. So far, I’ve stayed out in front of it by temporarily shutting one or both sites down for a day or two. (I’ve just took SGHistory.com offline again.) The load on my web host’s CPU has been out the roof for the past three days, putting me on track to exceed my monthly quota by a good margin.

Read on if you want to know more about the nuts and bolts of the issue.

It typically costs a modest $20 per month to provide both sites (not counting annual fees to maintain the musicscribe.com and sghistory.com addresses). When the sites exceed the allowed monthly amount of 2000 “units,” the overage is billed to me at 10 cents per “unit.” In other words, the price escalates from 1 penny per unit on the first 2000 units to 10 cents per unit for unit 2001 and up. It resets on the 26th of the month, and the game begins again. For example, using 3000 units adds another $100 for a total of $120.

On July 4 alone, 128 units were used. If that rate were to continue unchecked for 30 days in a row, the overage for this month would be $184.

I want to keep providing news, views and reviews here at MusicScribe, but I also understand the value of SGHistory.com to anyone who wants to do research. News is transitional. History is permanent, so I think SGHistory.com would have to win out if it ever came down to a choice between keeping just one site.

I just wanted to give everyone a fair warning. I may have to make some tough calls eventually…perhaps purging the archives of MusicScribe.com so old articles would no longer be available…perhaps relocating MusicScribe.com to another web host…perhaps converting SGHistory.com to a “read only” site that can no longer be updated.

At this point, we’re still here and limping along. I appreciate your prayers.

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.