How often do you go through maintenance downtime ? Do they last long ?
We are on a managed service. That has helped reduce the downtime as much as possible. I have always tried my best to be lean with my software setup. So there is less maintenance and lesser downtime. This is very useful in case of page loading as well.
It has been a success so far and I would like this to continue.
A lean install has those benefits, I agree. I tend to go overboard with features sometimes. Yes, at the cost of page loading time sometimes. It is mainly related to the type of project.
The main downtime I cause is when I install plugins and something goes wrong.
On the site I own I have only had a small downtime and that wasn't even my fault. The host had messed something up but they fixed it within 24 hours. I haven't had problems since but I don't do many changes to my site to cause any problems.
That is a positive story. It is a good thing that host responds, even if it was their fault.
Which software do you use ? If you run across any issues, we are always here to help. Ping me here or any platform you prefer. 🙂
I try to avoid it as much as possible because it does throw off some traffic.
Only big downtime my site has had was switching from my normal host to CloudFlare trying to figure out how to set it up because it didn’t auto sync the first time but I eventually got it sorted and everything is operational again 🙂
It was worth it though because it’s much faster and smoother.
The only time I will go into maintenance mode is when I do a software upgrade, usually only down for 10 minutes.
There are occasions when people add features. New plugins, themes or layout modifications. Some webmasters are very active in changing things on their websites. I am sure whether this is a good thing or not, but some people do that nevertheless.
I like to tinker a lot however I use an offline site to test apps and themes, but now and then when you put something on a prod site it will mess up.
I try to keep the downtime to a minimum. However, it is always a possibility that downtime will be necessary for migration or maintenance. Some companies spend millions upon millions of dollars for redundancy to prevent downtime.