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.