No one likes it when their website suddenly goes down. Whether it’s their own site or a site they run for another person, downtime causes many problems.
First of all, websites are a very important way of communication nowadays. A downed website means that a business can no longer communicate with those whom it needs to. Second of all, it provides no end of stress for both those who visit the website and those who maintain it.
But downtime is an unavoidable part of a website’s life, so we need some ways of dealing with it.
Get Notified Immediately
It’s much less stressful to find out that your site is down minutes after it goes down than to get a call from an enraged boss or to find out that it’s been down for the last eight hours.
The service Are My Sites Up? regularly pings your website to check if it’s up. If it’s down, it will send a notification. You can choose to have it email you, or if you so wish, it will send you a text message as well.
By using this or a similar service, you can be notified almost immediately and avoid the stress of finding out hours afterwards.
Inform Your Readers
If your website has a Twitter page, the quickest thing you can do is to post a status update saying that the website is down. If you don’t, here’s another option:
Find a server that can serve up static pages to the same amount of people that your main site services. Put a static page on there saying that your page is down. Then, when your site is actually down, set the DNS settings for your domain name to that page, and when your visitors visit your website, instead of seeing an undecipherable error message, they can be greeted by a nice page with perhaps a fitting image telling them that the problem is being fixed.