as at June 2nd 2002:
This section has been created so that our visitors can check back and quickly
discover if anything new has been added or updated since their last visit as
well as reading about works-in-progress which may be of future interest.
The site has been operational since April 9th 2002 and although we have made
good progress there is still much work to be done and we have many images in
various stages of inclusion.
The following is a list detailing all the work to date with an indication of
current status: -
1. Church of the Incarnation NYC - work needs to be organised, labelled, sized
2. St Martin's Church, Brampton - most need to be organised, labelled, sized
3. Jesus Church, Troutbeck - Fully uploaded.
4. Ponsonby Church - Fully uploaded.
5. Lanercost Priory - a few pictures to be uploaded shortly.
6. Ruthwell Parish church - Pictures to be uploaded shortly.
7. Dundonald Church, Ayrshire - Pictures to be uploaded shortly.
8. Trinity College Chapel Cambridge - Pictures to be uploaded shortly.
9. St James's Church, Staveley - Fully uploaded.
10. St Paul's Church, Irton - Pictures to be uploaded shortly.
11. Trinity Church, Saugerties - Fully uploaded.
12. St Paul's Richmond - Most need to be organised, labelled, sized and uploaded.
13. St Paul's Paterson - Most need to be organised, labelled, sized and uploaded.
14. Flemington Presbyterian Church - Most need to be organised, labelled, sized
15. United Methodist Church, Hudson Falls - Fully uploaded.
16. Holy Trinity Ayr - All need to be organised, labelled, sized and uploaded.
In addition to the above, during the course of the last week we have taken pictures
of the windows in St Margaret's Church in Washington DC as well as pictures
of some of the Connick windows in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception,
also in Washington DC.
Now I would like to describe the events of Saturday May 25th and the following
Firstly, while in Washington that weekend, by chance I noticed a sharp increase
in our hits statistics. This is an indication of the traffic going through the
site and we had been 'clocking' an increasing number but were still only in
the range of around 2,000-4,000 per day (perhaps 100 people) whereas on Saturday
25th this number grew to over 38,000 in one day.
It was only after doing some investigation that I discovered that the reason
was that we had been declared Yahoo's "Pick of the Day", something we were extremely
The hits dropped slightly on Sunday and Monday but then rebounded with a vengeance
to about 42,000 on Tuesday and the month-to-date figures for May were showing
over 4,000 visitors and close to a quarter of a million page views.
On Wednesday disaster struck and our web-hosting service closed down the site
because the volume of traffic was "taking up excessive bandwidth". However,
they did not apparently perceive a need to communicate this to me and neither
did they respond to my many communications for a full 48 hours. During this
time all that anyone trying to visit us could see was a big sign saying "Forbidden"
and implying that they had no rights to be here. This was all VERY upsetting.
By Thursday night we had selected and signed on a new hosting service - one
which we believe will be much better able to handle the volume of traffic, have
much less downtime and be much faster-loading. All of this is at a price but
we feel that based on the accolade from Yahoo and the level of interest that
people have shown we will eventually recover the extra cost by some kind of
'Gift Shop' sales.
Transferring to the new host server was not an instantaneous event but we were
able to make the transition by very early morning on June 2nd.
Our goal is to become the definitive site for anyone interested in stained glass
windows with particular emphasis on windows and designs by important glassmakers
of the 19th and 20th centuries. The scope is huge and however hard we try we
will only scratch the surface but we are determined to do more.