October 23, 2015
Dear UMYF.net Member,
It's hard to believe that just over 18 years ago, UMYF.net was founded by 2 high school students and a youth pastor serving a United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Florida. Over those 18+ years, we've hosted thousands of websites and processed hundreds of millions of e-mails. UMYF.net had the largest reach on the Internet of any United Methodist organization online. In one month alone, we served websites to over half a million visitors.
Over the years, social media has played an ever increasing role in the way we share information with others. Since UMYF.net was founded and based upon creating websites to share information, our traffic has dropped considerably and we don't see the activity that we once saw. Given the shift from collaborating via websites to social media outlets, we've made the incredibly tough decision to cease UMYF.net's web hosting operations.
Effective Monday, November 30th, 2015, UMYF.net will no longer offer any web hosting services and all existing web hosting accounts will be closed and removed from our servers. If you have a website currently hosted with UMYF.net, you will need to download your web content and upload it to a new provider. After Monday, November 30th, 2015, your website content will no longer be available and we will not be able to assist you with accessing your website content.
If you have an active e-mail account on the UMYF.net servers, your account will be moved to a new e-mail server on Monday, November 30th, 2015. Your e-mail content on the current UMYF.net e-mail server will not be retained or transferred to the new server. You will need to download all of your existing e-mail before Monday, November 30th, 2015. As we get closer to the migration to the new e-mail server, we will send additional instructions on how to access your @umyf.net e-mail account going forward.
While we are sad to arrive at the decision to discontinue web hosting operations, we are happy to say that the new e-mail service will be a significant upgrade from the current service.
We thank you all for the past 18+ years of working with UMYF.net and we look forward to many more years.
Your UMYF.net Support Team
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