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Archive | July, 2012

Welcome back…

It’s quickly obvious that the site has had some changes while we’ve been away. (If it isn’t obvious, perhaps it’s been awhile since you’ve been here. Remember?) Some finishing touches still have to be applied, so you may notice some other small changes in the days ahead.

What isn’t readily obvious is that there have been some significant changes under the hood. You didn’t ask, but I’ll tell you what they are anyway.

When the Bible Quiz Podcast began in 2006, I made the decision to host the podcast on Libsyn. They charged a low, monthly fee and I didn’t have to worry about bandwidth. Bandwidth is very important to podcasters. Many internet hosting providers limit the amount of bandwidth you can use, and if you go over the limit, it gets very expensive.

Libsyn promised reliability and low cost.

Meh.

Reliability was okay. The cost went up. It wasn’t much, but it did go up. The bigger problem was that what I was paying for was a limited amount of storage space. I could only post so much and when my space was full, I would have to wait until space was available so I could post.

I’ve been working it out, but it hasn’t been ideal. Besides the limitations, I hated the look of the site, but there was little flexibility. And support from Libsyn is non-existent. Even though they are probably the largest hosting provider dedicated to podcasters, and they’ve been around for quite awhile, they do nothing for the small podcaster. Documentation is a joke.

Oh, and one more thing. Libsyn doesn’t do domain registration, so I was hosting with Libsyn and my domain and email were with someone else.

In the meantime, I’ve been with Dreamhost for several years, both with the church websites I manage, and with my personal websites. I’ve wanted to bring the BQP to Dreamhost, but transferring the domain and the catalog of media files is a big job. I didn’t want to try anything in the middle of a season, and possibly mess everything up.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. Here we are on Dreamhost. (If you’d like to try them out, use this link. It contains my referral code that will offset some of the cost of this site.) Supposedly my hosting plan includes unlimited bandwidth. We’ll find out. Their reliability is very good and their documentation and customer support is excellent.

Best of all, I’m able to use WordPress to run my site. I like WordPress. It’s easy and I don’t have to mess with a lot of coding and stuff, but it still looks pretty good.

The big part of this change is that: 1) I had to move all the old audio files, 2) I had to move all the old posts that linked to the old audio files, and, 3) I had to hook everything back up so that everyone could find the old files if they wanted them and so the iTunes feed would work correctly.

It’s been a process. It’s not all done yet. I think everything for Season 6 is back in place, but Seasons 1-5 will take some more time. I don’t expect that to be a big deal for most of you.

More importantly, I think we’re set up well for Season 7. There is something I really want to be able to do with the Show that is taking some preparation, so thanks for your patience. (I won’t tell you what it is, just in case it doesn’t work out. Just pray it does, because I think it will really help a lot of people.)

Let me know what you think of the new place. And feel free to send me some Matthew questions to include on this season’s Five Question Quizzes.

Oh, one more thing.

If you are a Teen Bible Quiz coach or official, we’d love to have your input and voice heard on the The Show. Just let me know if you’re interested and we’ll get in touch. If you’re a quizzer, I’d love to hear from you as well. As always, email [email protected].

Thanks for the time-out. Time is almost back in 🙂

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Season 6 comes to a close with a full wrapup of National Finals. National Coach of the Year Kevin Wagner, Official Question Writer Seth Sundell, Official Photographer and IT guru Larry Mullins (with a special appearance by Cindy), and lady killer, James Lex, join Tim for the week that was in Columbus.

For official results and stats from National Finals, go to BibleQuiz.AG.org.

For more news and notes from National Finals, and for the videos James talks about on the show, go to BibleQuiz.com.

Email the show at [email protected]