Are You Prepared For A Web Hosting Outage?
What do you do when your web hosting provider has an outage that you are unaware of? Well since this just happen to me today I'm still thinking about how I can prevent this in the future (failover). Affordable hosting does not include me getting my own dedicated web server. Free webhosting would be nice but we all know nothing is actually "free".
I tried a live chat with the support desk and didn't receive a chat response but I did get an email which stated that my website loaded fine. They even sent me a screenshot of my website to show that it launched with no issue.
It is very
disconcerting for a newbie like myself (over 1 year in the game) to
experience hosting downtime that is totally out of my control.
Prolonged website downtime for me means that the hundreds of articles I've posted with links back to my home page and pages within my website will not work.
This could lead to me
having to resubmit the articles after the website comes back up. So far I've
not received any emails from article directories stating that my links don't
work so I'll keep my fingers crossed.
I went over to Google
and revivified my websites (I already had the meta tag on the homepages so
it was a simple process).
I'm willing to
bet if this occurred as a result of a router failure there may not be a
failover option. I sent a reply to my hosts support this morning to see if
they have any logs that an outage occurred.
I suggest to anyone running an Online Business using a hosting provider to carefully go over their failover options in case of an outage, read their forums and support pages so you know when scheduled maintenance or anything else may affect you.
Also, shop around and compare companies to your needs and maybe get references of others who outsource and run a similar number of websites with email accounts.
All of the Internet Search Engine Marketing in the world can't save you from a hosting outage.