Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vineyard Music Extra

My very first web site started in around 1996 when I was working at The Star newspaper in Joburg. That's where I got involved in all things Internet for the first time.
I realised how effective the worldwide web would be in publishing information about the worship music that I love: Vineyard music. That's why my email address is still "vmusic@". I registered in September 1997 and it has moved hosting companies several times, the last time in 2006 from DataPro to Hetzner.
Now I've had to move it again, this time to WebHost4Life in the USA, because Hetzner no longer supports Active Server Pages. It turned out to be a bit of a mission, but the transfer went through on the weekend with very few glitches. I must say that Hetzner have been helpful and professional, but somewhat inflexible. Still, their pricing is low and their level of service is high, so I'm not complaining. They have never put their prices up. That's amazing.
Around 2000 the Vineyard Music official site was providing almost all the information I was providing, so my interest waned as my life moved on. Nonetheless I kept the existing site going and there have been over 5 million visitors. There is even the original version of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, the song that was changed to become our national anthem.
I have also begun work on, a technology showcase site. There isn't much to see yet, but as my work on the FishWise Pro site progresses, the Mustang site will progress as well.

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