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Night owls browsing WilsonTimes.com to catch up on local news may experience a delay this weekend as The Wilson Times’ website goes offline for scheduled server maintenance early Sunday.
WilsonTimes.com will be unavailable for roughly four hours when the maintenance work occurs between midnight and 6 a.m. Visitors will receive an error message stating “website not found” or “server unavailable” during that time, but the site should be restored by daybreak.
“In an age of the 24-hour nonstop news cycle, WilsonTimes.com allows us to update stories and share important information any time of the day or night, but all technology has its limitations,” said Times General Manager Keven Zepezauer. “We apologize to our readers for any inconvenience and we’re working with our website hosting company to minimize the downtime while ensuring the servers that host our website are optimized to perform at their peak.”
The Times website is hosted by Rackspace, a Texas-based managed cloud computing company. Server maintenance is scheduled for all sites maintained by the Times’ web services vendor, Creative Circle Media Solutions.
WilsonTimes.com has grown beyond an online version of the print newspaper and is evolving into a news outlet in its own right. The site offers exclusive online content including local news videos and The Wilson Times Weathercast with Albert Thomas Jr., a twice-weekly audio broadcast.
The Times website also offers one-click voting in two local contests, the 2018 Readers’ Choice Award, which allows visitors to pick their favorite local businesses, professionals and places in 180 separate categories, and the John D. Gold Award, which recognizes the most popular letter to the editor published in the newspaper each month.
WilsonTimes.com logged 136,197 unique visitors and nearly 1 million page views in January 2018, showing the newspaper’s online reach far exceeds Wilson County’s population of roughly 80,000 residents.