Costs have gone up considerably for several reasons. In 2002, a problem occured with the webhosting and I had to wait until the paperwork was completed so I could transfer the site as the Admin contact on www.chartiers.com. During that time, the entire site was duplicated on www.colonialroots.org which was listed in the genweb system addresses, but it seems many people didn't realize the address had been changed and also the redirect from www.chartiers.com wasn't in place. The new hosting company was expensive, sometimes $115 a month because there were surcharges to cover the increasing amounts of traffic to the site. But the new hosting company provided telephone technical support. About April 2003, I changed to a less expensive host with Windows NT servers (instead of UNIX) and in doing so the previous mirror site of required the /default.htm in the address when it didn't when it was on a UNIX server.
Below is the text and list that Jean had written before she transferred the site to Georgeann:
While all the labor involved in bringing these pages to you is donated by fellow researchers, the disk space and an internet address (www.Chartiers.com) cost money. If you've found these pages useful, consider sponsoring one month's Web charges.
Beginning in June 1998, our web service provider is Pair Networks of Pittsburgh, PA. The price of the service is $28.95 which includes 120 MB of disk space. And do we need the space!!!!
We'll accept sponsors only as needed to cover costs (see the table below). If you see an empty slot and can help, send us email and we'll let you know if the slot is still open.
No sponsors have come forward since May 2000. Jean who originally created this site paid for hosting until 2002. Georgeann has paid all expenses since 2002.