Friday, February 26, 2010 Transitioning to New Servers may experience disruptions in service over the next few days as it is transitioned to a new off-site hosting service.

We'll update you when the transition is finished.

Friday, March 20, 2009 Updated for IE8

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 this week, and as a result you may have noticed that the notes display looked funky. This issue has been resolved and everything should now be back to normal even as you are using Internet Explorer 8.

However, there is a planned refresh of for this fall, with new features, and better performance, so stay tuned.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Downtime will be unavailable today between the hours of 8am and 7pm. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Database Server Updates


If you experience any errors on the page today it's because the database server is being updated. This will increase security and performance in the long run. Everything should be back to normal by this afternoon.

Thanks for your understanding!

- Nick

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Timeout Issues

Well, I finally got to the bottom of the Timeout issues. BibleShared uses SQL Server on the backend to store the bible data, user data, and notes data. Unfortunately, in my haste to get the site up and running, I forgot to properly configure the way it handles logging. This miscalculation finally caught up with me. The log file has been growing at a rate of ~100 MB / day to the point that 10 minutes ago it reached 24 GB.

The server its running on happens to run a set of hard disk drives that backup the data as its being written. When trying to back-up large sets of data there is a noticable delay in writing. The large file size combined with this delay was too much for the web site to handle. It took the delayed response as meaning the database server was down, and it gave up.

Fortunatley, all that was needed was a simple configuration change. It should be up and running smoothly now.

This article provides an excellent technical overview of the problem and the solution:

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Login Process Timeouts

Hello all,

I've noticed an increase in error reports indicating that there have been timeouts while logging on. I'm not really sure why this is an issue right now, but I'll try to get to the bottom of it.

Sunday, April 13, 2008 API

Hello all,

I've been hard at work on this last week, and am excited about some of the new things in store. This might not interest much of the general public, but for software developers and web designers, this might generate some excitement.

I'm working on developing an open API for that will allow programmers to create software and web sites that use the features of Imagine being able to access your notes using a program on your cell phone, or searching the scriptures by sending a text message. These kinds of thing, and more will be possible.

It will be implemented as a SOAP web service which should have .NET programmers especially excited. An API Key will be required for applications to be able to call its methods, but that will be provided for free to those who request it. To access any information for or about a user, direct authorization must be granted by that user through an interface already implemented on

Currently the following methods are planned to be supported:
  • AddNote
  • AddNoteComments
  • CreateSubGroup
  • GetAuthCodeStatus
  • GetChapterAddress
  • GetNewAuthCode [Done]
  • GetNote
  • GetNoteComments
  • GetPassageText
  • GetPassageURL [Done]
  • GetProgress
  • GetRecentNotes
  • MarkAsRead
  • SearchBible [Done]
  • SearchNotes

If you are a developer and would have interest in programming against this API, let me know in the comments, and suggest any methods you would like to see. No destructive methods will be supported (i.e. there will be no "delete" operations offered through the API).

On an unrelated side note, the Verse of the Day widget is still planned, we just need more verses to feature. Please leave comments with your favorite verses. Thanks!

About the Author: Nick is the creator of -- a web application that allows you to read the Bible, write notes in the margin, share these notes with others, and track your Bible reading progress.