I ran into a bit of bad luck this weekend. After switching web hosts to A Small Orange and being impressed and excited by their amazing support and the incredible number of backend utilities they offer, I logged in to my new control panel to see that I’d already consumed 12.5% of my monthly bandwidth. In two and a half days. I realized that, at that rate and assuming no large visitor spikes, I would run out of bandwidth with ten days left in the month, leaving me no room to grow. Frantically, I contacted ASO, explaining my dilemma and accepting responsibility for my own mistake of not paying attention to how much bandwidth I’d been consuming at my previous host. They very graciously allowed me to cancel my account and refunded my year’s subscription.
I’ve since completed yet another move (you think I’d be getting better at this) to my new home at Dreamhost, a host recommended to me by Matticus. Their bandwidth (and space) was MUCH more generous and, while I haven’t been as impressed with their backend, it’s still quite functional and far and away better than what was available through my intial web host.
With Resto4Life finally (hopefully) settled, I spent a portion of today revamping some of the site’s layout and graphics. I’ve completely redone the right sidebar, abandoning the collapsing menus that initially attracted me to this theme. This has allowed me to provide greater visibility to the blogs I feature as well as to more prominently display a link to my RSS feed. I’ve also burned a copy of my comments feed for those who would like to be able to keep up with the discussions on various topics. My top menu has been greatly improved and overall, I think the site just feels “friendlier” than it did before. If you happen to be reading this article via an RSS feed, I encourage you to come take a look and let me know what you think!
One other addition worth mentioning is a new page featuring different ways that you can help support Resto4Life: by making a PayPal donation, signing up for Dreamhost webhosting (via a special promotional code that will save you $49), and by spreading the word to your friends and guildmates. I realized when plonking down the yearly hosting cost at Dreamhost that allowing those who were interested in volunteering their help to do so wouldn’t be the same as showering visitors with unwanted advertisements. Or rather, Mr. Phae glaring over my shoulder while I flipped over my credit card to find its CVV2 number made me realize this. Anyway, don’t feel pressured; it’s just there if you feel the inclination. I’m not going to stop blogging by any means (at least not due to webhosting costs)!
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