With the increasing trend of putting out everything on the internet and with the availability of so many ways to execute your business online like creating a website, applications and many more the problems are also increasing day-by-day. There are many problems that any website and application user has to face on regular basis including the problem of downtime of your website or application.
Downtime is the problem that is widely increasing now-a-days; it is basically the issue of not being able to access any application or website. Let’s just agree that it is very engaging for all of us to face the downtime of any application. It not only shakes the confidence of the user but also questions the loyalty of him towards the website. There are many reasons that contribute to this problem, like planned downtime, component failure, disasters or operator errors and even malicious users. The reason why this problem is so infuriating is because it tends to hijack pages, yield Http errors not only that, it leads to dead page situation besides all that the issue of loading speed is also the major concern raised because of Downtime. The adverse effects are seen on the profitability of the site along with the depletion of customer satisfaction and loss of potential investors. This also causes deterioration of the site’s rank hence, deteriorating the website’s capabilities. Source: hostingdiscountoffer.com
If we come on the note, that how to judge whether your site is experiencing downtime or not, then stay with me here, I am listing some of the manifestations of Downtime that will help you judge whether your site is really down.
The manifestations like High-jacked pages meaning pages showing irrelevant data, dead pages that is no loading of website at all and Http errors contribute to hard downtime situation that defines the state when the website become completely unavailable to its audience while Soft downtime includes slow loading situation yielding low performance of the affected website and hence depleting its rank in Google.
It’s not like this problem does not have any solution and that’s what I am going to list below:
The Guiding Points that can save your website From Downtime:
You all are well aware of the Quote “Prevention is better than cure” and all the points I am going to list below are for purpose of precaution. And with these few points, you can be prepared for even the worst situation.
DNS Backup service: DNS related issues are one of the major causes yielding downtime of any website and to reduce this risk you should purchase the DNS backup service. This Backup service will constantly fetch your DNS and will act as a saviour data and in the situation when the primary DNS stops working this backup will come in handy and will keep your website up and running.
Monitoring Service: The continuous notifications help you keep track of the site also it helps you to take the appropriate step when required without any delay. My decision of purchasing a monitoring service was the best and I would suggest you guys try this out.
Database Backup: The moment you complete the work on your website, that very instant you should maintain the database backup and trust me that will be the best part when in any case your website faces downtime or any other issue because losing the database you gathered after taking so much pain and effort is the worst nightmare.
Registration of Domain: In many cases, I have observed that forgetting to renew the domain name at times is one of the reasons causing downtime of several websites. No matter how you remember it but, you should remember to timely renew the domain name and if that is too difficult for you to manage your busy schedule, I would rather suggest you to go for paying for the domain registrar lock for next ten years and relax back as this reason will not be an issue anymore.
Google Webmaster Tools: Google Webmaster generally abbreviated as GWT prevails you with the facility of providing detailed reports about the page’s visibility on Google along with that it also notifies you if any error occurs while crawling it.
Server Domain Error Codes: You have to be very accurate while selecting the appropriate redirect server code. Before selecting the server code you should definitely consult your IT team or should do thorough research on the internet.
Still, if your site crashes, don’t worry here are some tips for that:
Firstly, before panicking or taking any further step assure yourself with the fact that actually, your site went down and then proceed further. So make it clear in your head to first confirm that actually, your website went down.
Once you know that your site is certainly affected by the problem of downtime, no need to panic, try staying Calm because in the state of panic you might not think straight and neglect some of the important tasks you have to perform to resolve the problem and in fact you may tend to increase the issue. And I am speaking this with personal experience, so please stay calm this does not mean the End at all. Chill!
After knowing the site is down you should concentrate on finding the cause of the crash. It may vary in every case from programming error t expired domain and much more. This is the major step you have to take to resolve the problem of downtime as the treatment can only start when the problem is detected.
After that contact your IT team to get on the top of the problem and resolve it as soon as possible or take proper guidance to solve the issue of a crash. Don’t experiment to resolve this problem if you have no idea what is happening. Seriously, don’t take any chances and let the experts guide you.
The main step you have to take is to notify your audience about the issue because leaving them out hanging may result in the loss of your audience. So my advice is to keep them notify about the issues and the steps you are taking to overcome it.
Believe me or not, but this issue of website downtime has become an emerging problem for every website and application owner. With the increase in the internet traffic, this issue has affected even more and more users. With this article, I hope I had put forward some of the points to tackle this issue and maybe even prevent it from becoming a nightmare in your life.
So listed above, are the few things you have to keep in mind while tackling the issue of website downtime. Believe me, it’s a nightmare for every Website owner, seeing their website crash but this is real guys. This happens on regular basis to a number of websites even the best ones and I would suggest you be prepared for this. So read the points and keep them in mind.