Today I contacted the hosting service for the old Sound City Reading website at www.soundcityreading.com to ask them to close the site. It should be down as soon as they can fulfill the request. Within a short time, the .com address will automatically forward to the newer site at www.soundcityreading.net.
I have strong mixed emotions about discontinuing the older site. I originally posted it in 2008, if I'm remembering correctly. I updated it regularly with the newest versions of the phonics books I created. I was able to see a map showing the locations from which people were downloading pdf files from all over the world. It was very exciting to see more and more countries colored in on the map. The web site also provided a way to share phonics materials that I created with fellow teachers in Shelby County.
The software platform for the old site was completely outdated, so much so that my newer computers could not even log on to the site builder any more. Yet, I didn't have the heart to take it down because hundreds of people were still visiting the site every week.
The hosting network updated to a new platform but I was stuck in the old one. It became difficult to even communicate with the web hosting site at all. So today is the day that the old site is coming to an end.
As I looked at the old site for the last time, it struck me how much better the new Weebly site really is. I sincerely hope that the users that have visited the old web site faithfully will find many things to like about the new site.