Website Visitor Numbers Double

The statistics for BiblicalStudies.org.uk in October make very encouraging reading.

BilbicalStudies.org.uk Website Statistics
Website Statistics for BiblicalStudies.org.uk 2013-2014

In October 2013 the site received 46,347 visitors; this October it received 92,240 visitors – a 100% increase! The month by month figures over the year also indicate a steady growth. This means that the 20,000+ theological articles and books currently hosted are being distributed at a phenomenal rate.

Website Statistics by Month
Websites statistics for BiblicalStudies.org.uk 2013-2014

I was also greatly encouraged to see that the site is being used Internationally, including countries where these theological resources are otherwise difficult or impossible to obtain (see table below).

Top 30 countries of visitors to BiblicalStudies.org.uk
Top 30 countries of visitors to BiblicalStudies.org.uk

The only downside of the dramatic increase in site usage is that the demand on server resources now regularly exceeds the capacity of the shared server in which it resides. This can be seen on the usage chart below. When the blue line on the chart meets the red line, this indicates that server cannot meet the demand being placed upon it.

Server Usage for BiblicalStudies.org.uk
Server Usage for BiblicalStudies.org.uk Oct. 2014

None of this tremendous growth would have been possible without your support. Thank you to everyone who has prayed, financially supported, lent resources and given permission for material to be hosted here. We give thanks to God that there is every indication that visitor numbers will continue to climb.

The Future of Theology on the Web

Over the last six months I have been planning how best to take forward the work of Theology on the Web in providing freely available theological material on the Web. To this end I have produced a vision document that I would like to share with those who have benefited from the sites. You can download a copy here. Please pass it on to people and organisations you think it might interest.

Developing Closer Relationships with Bible Colleges & Seminaries

One of my aims in the coming months is to continue to develop my relationship with Bible Colleges and Seminaries around the world. I hope do do this in a number of ways:
1) A large number of organisations currently allow me to use their logos and weblinks on my site homepages under the heading “Site supported and recommended by:”. This does not imply financial support (see 3 below) or that the organisation necessarily endorses all the content on the sites, simply that it considers the sites useful to its students. If you have the authority to grant permission for an organisational logo to be used in this way please contact me.
2) Many Bible College/Seminary websites list on-line resources that they recommend to their students. I would like to encourage more to link to the Theology on the Web sites. I would also like to see their library pages linking the the tables of contents of online journals. Many of these journals are not available elsewhere on-line and are now difficult to find in paper copies.

3) Very few colleges are currently in a position to consider either sponsorship or advertising on the sites, but I would be very happy to hear from those who could. I currently have only 3 people who support financially the sites regularly – out of around 1 million visitors per annum. Building a healthy foundation of regular financial support is vital the the Project’s future. I have more than enough material being offered to me for digitisation to go full time. I currently work on the sites in my spare time in addition to my full-time job. For those not in a position to support financially there are a number of other options.