Dear patient readers,
We are migrating to a new host on Saturday. We were the only client of our former host Keith Freedman, who after spoiling us for many years has decided that having a tiny side business is too much of a distraction. We are moving to a service in Germany (which has very strong legal protection for press freedoms but gets dinged in international rankings because it’s not so hot on government disclosure, or what we call FOIA, which is not relevant to our work) with a backup site in Iceland. We had other criteria which these hosts satisfy.
While having a German host may result in a slight lag for US users in comment posting time (as in the lag between when you submit a comment and when it appears; note even now readers can have delay of up to two minutes due to caching to reduce load on the server), this host has more memory than our old host, so that may not be an issue at all, or only intermittently.
Regarding the cutover, our new host/Wordpress wrangler Dave thinks it will take at most three hours and perhaps as little as one.. But it will also take time for the new DNS to propagate across the Web, which could take as long as an 4 additional hours depending on where you are.
Readers should be able to read posts and comments this entire time. However, if you make comments on the site at its old location after the transfer has started (noon EDT), they will be lost. So I suggest refraining from commenting from noon till at least 3 PM. And take a copy, since you might have to repost it if it wound up being at the old site.
Thanks for your patience and wish us luck!