I’ve been getting tons of emails from everyone wondering what’s happening with Faithfreedom.org.
We haven’t been hacked or anything like that. The site is just fine, and undergoing a much-needed server upgrade.
Here’s the basic story why it’s not up and running yet.
We purchased a new more powerful server with the same hosting company. Since we don’t have a system administrator we paid the technicians of the company to migrate the data from the old server to the new server.
They moved a few minor sites including alisina.org but neglected to move the files for the faithfreedom.org site. For few days we tried to figure out why that site was not working and they gave us instructions to follow. At the end it became clear that they had not migrated all the data. But by then, the old server was cancelled and they would not restore it unless we paid again. The backup that was also on the old server was corrupted.
Now, this is utterly unethical but I had to pay anything they asked or say goodbye to faithfreedom.org with its 4000 external links. Being in no position to bargain I greed and this month I am paying for two servers. It still took them sometime to move the data.
Finally they said the migration is complete. But as our web master found out, it is not. They have not moved the php files and as the result most of the sites on faihtfreedom.org domain don’t work yet. We’re waiting for them to move the php files and then our webmaster has to do some work to make the site work properly.
We really need a system administrator . I used technicians from odesk to do some administrative and web design work. I’ve spent thousands of dollars so far and as everyone can see we still don’t have a decent template and much of the features don’t work. Odesk is a fast way to lose your money and get nothing in exchange. Few people over there know their trade.
Sorry for all this. We are doing our best. Please be patient. A few months ago we had a similar problem with this server provider. They are not really a hosting company. They lease servers. Their servers are great and powerful but their clients are mostly hosting companies who have their own sysadmins. In our case we are at their mercy. Until a couple of years ago we had volunteers who took care of our servers.
Faithfreedom.org will be back and hopefully with our new server that has Intel Core2Quad Q9550 core, 8GB DDR2 RAM and 1TB Enterprise SATAb Hard Drive, we should be able to sustain the load for a couple more years.
It would be nice to find a new sysadmin volunteer. This site is not a commercial site. I pay the cost of the server from my pocket and donations have pretty much dried up. I will still keep these sites as long as I can afford.