Passing the plate …
That was the tongue-in-cheek question posed by the owner of the web hosting company we work with here at Haymaker HQ. Of course, I sought clarification to that question.
Here on our fourth anniversary, we’re taking up more space on the web server than ever before. The owner also told me that our traffic has skyrocketed from — not just four years ago, but also from the beginning of this year. She also mentioned that The Haymaker is subjected to at least three hacking / denial-of-service attacks or attempts each day. In other words, the hosting company is racking up some extra cost keeping us up and running on The Internet. And they want to pass some of that on to us — by quadrupling our hosting fee.
I’ve checked around, and — believe it or not — these guys are still the best deal out there for the level of service and attention The Haymaker is now requiring.
We don’t want to charge for our content. We believe we’re providing an important public service that ought to be as available to as many people as possible. But then, again, we are capitalists. We don’t like the idea of going into the red on ANYTHING.
We passed the plate last year and were pleasantly surprised with the response from our readers. Thanks to our growing pains, we’re needing to do it again.
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