About 10 years, when my original site was on BigStep (webhost server), I got an e mail from them stating that they were going out of business in 30 days. I had two options: recreate the site on another platform or lose it. I literally spent 4 hours every night after dinner, and countless hours on the weekends, for an entire month to save the site. The effort nearly sucked the life out of me and I swore I would never do that again!
Well, last month, I received the heart-stopping notice from GoDaddy that they are doing a major upgrade of their web platforms and — you guessed it! — I will have to completely rebuild the site again….and it is 10 years larger now. The only glimmer of good news is that I have until September. Still, chipping away at this monumental task all summer is hardly something to look forward to.
My site has always been free to the users (although not to me — very expensive because of the size and bandwidth) and I cannot afford to pay someone to do the work. That means I may have to pick and choose what I transfer and what I let go. The Materials Exchange, obviously, is the biggest challenge. Every one of the thousands of free material files has to be downloaded, retyped into the new format, then uploaded and linked. Having done this before, I can tell you that “mind-numbing” doesn’t begin to cover it. And with the site so much larger than it was 10 years ago, this is one area that might be trimmed. IF THERE ARE ANY MATERIALS ON THE MATERIALS EXCHANGE THAT YOU WANT TO KEEP, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THEM NOW!
I’m asking all site visitors to fill out a survey about the site, and to pass that survey on to other SLP colleagues. A good response will be the encouragement I need to keep working at this task. If I don’t get much response, I’ll assume the site isn’t really needed and will pull the plug. So please know that answering the 5 short questions — should take you less than 2 minutes — will really help to shape the future of Speaking of Speech.com.
Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G3DQTPX. Thank you!