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Website traffic prompts server upgrades

The overwhelming success of the and websites has required an extensive upgrade of the servers hosting them and those upgrades are due to begin soon. While a seamless transition is expected, readers could experience brief issues while the transition is underway. Any such issues should be quickly resolved. The full-featured sites, which allow reader commenting on each and every story, boast local online video of breaking news and sports events and slideshows of local images. These features along with unprecedented site traffic strain server capacities. This year alone, the two sites have drawn over 206,000 unique visitors who have made in excess of 1.1 million visits and generated over 3.5 million pageviews. Pikecounty is far and away the most trafficked site in Pike County. is second only to the Gordon College site in Lamar County. That site is used by professors and students for communication and assignments. The traffic to the two newspaper sites has outdistanced the capabilities of the current host, Stone Soup Technology based in Griffin. ‘We want to thank Bradley Kirkland and the folks at Stone Soup for all their help and support over the years,’ publisher Walter Geiger said. The sites will transition to a multiple redundancy cloud array maintained in house and backed up off-site. Visitors who encounter issues with site access or in in e-mailing either paper should call 770.358.NEWS or 770.567.3446.

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