When the website was first set up mid 1999 there really was no idea how things were going to
take off. It
was initially envisaged that the site, it was simply a series of lists in the
beginning, would be updated monthly when the magazines went to press. With
hindsight I now realise this was never really going to be the case.
As the site has evolved over the years the content has
expanded and the daily visitor count has climbed steadily. This all adds up to
one thing, higher bandwidth use and ever increasing costs, the reason why the
proverbial begging bowl is being proffered here.
After outstripping the free web space with my Cable &
Wireless account, remember the vcom.cwc.net address?, the site went to its first
commercial host - as wigancrdc.co.uk - the domain wnxx was
applied for at this point but was unavailable due to it being in use as a Chinese porn site
- but they pulled the plug in 2003 because
bandwidth had become an issue with them. After paying a hefty ransom to regain
access to the files on their server the site was downloaded and transferred to
the current host becoming WNXX - the domain then being available - at this
Since moving to the current hosts, who have proved to be
totally reliable, the monthly paid for hosting package has been upgraded several
times to keep ahead of the bandwidth requirements but things came to a head both
in 2005 and in 2008 when it got to the point where the bandwidth allowance was
being used up or latterly where system resources on the server were being
utilised at a level above what was allocated as part
of the hosting package.
Consequently, rather than go and take sections of the site down,
further domains and resources were acquired to spread the load across multiple
servers thus eliminating the load problems but incurring an increase in hosting
costs. A facility for people to pay towards these costs has been set up with
PayPal hence here we are
with this page.
Any and all contributions of whatever denomination made
via PayPal at the link below, you don't have to be registered with them to do
this, will be greatly appreciated so may I take a moment to say 'thank you'.
After making a donation you will receive an automated
response e mail from the address 'email@example.com' to acknowledge that an
e mail confirming the transaction has been received on the server. This is
simply an auto responder, not a live e mail address.