Hollow Art was hit with some very bad news yesterday. We found out that we are in breach of our terms and conditions of use with our hosting firm because the site is just too popular! ♥ Currently we use a shared web server, but due to its popularity, hollow-art.com is currently using up to six times our allocated server resources and this has been affecting the performance of the other sites we share with. Obviously, this isn't something that the hosting company can allow to continue and they've given us a few days to either cut right back on our server usage or find a new home. Otherwise they're going to shut us down.
We really really don't want to shut down! And we don't want to reduce what we can offer you guys either, which leaves us with the only realistic choice of moving to a dedicated server, rather than sharing with other sites. This will completely solve the problem, but it's not cheap and although we have advertising on the site, that doesn't pay more than peanuts - definitely not to cover the monthly cost of a dedicated server!
So, we have to ask whether any of you would be able to donate money to hollow-art.com to help keep this site up and running.
If we are able to move to a dedicated server, there are many new features that will eventually be put into play - including making it possible for you guys to submit base sets to add to the indexes! We’ll also be able to launch Hollow Art Resources, to host and feature textures, brushes, fonts, wallpapers, and much more. A dedicated server is, basically, where we want and need to go to expand the site - and to keep bringing you the things we already do.
We're hoping that with your help we can get together enough money to sort this problem out. In the meantime, we're working with our current hosting firm to lower the site's resource usage so that they don't shut us down entirely! As such, until we can come up with a long term solution, you may see a reduction in the features we offer on the site.
Please bear with us and help if you can!
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The Hollow Art Team
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