What's The Longest Your Sites Have Been Down?

by Steven Wagenheim 5 replies
Not counting natural disasters, where obviously things are out of the hosting
company's control, what's the longest any of your sites have been down for
what they call "regular maintenance?"
#main internet marketing discussion forum #longest #sites
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  • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
    I've only ever found my sites to be down for a few minutes (Hostgator) - they seem to have pretty good uptime.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
    I run my own dedicated servers with Softlayer so never.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Andy Fletcher View Post

      I run my own dedicated servers with Softlayer so never.
      Andy, you never have to do maintenance at all? I mean hardware doesn't last
      forever. Eventually you have to replace things, no?
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      • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Andy, you never have to do maintenance at all? I mean hardware doesn't last
        forever. Eventually you have to replace things, no?
        All of the static sites are cordoned off on their on virtual environment and they don't need maintenance beyond Apache security updates (which is zero downtime with graceful reloads).

        Dynamic sites (like Free Link Cloaker) are all in their own controlled environment so can't be affected by each other. Software upgrades are always tested repeatedly in a controlled testing environment that matches the live site pretty much exactly.

        Hardware-wise *everything* is redundant from power supplies to hard disks so short of the previously mentioned natural disaster nothing goes down.

        The techie stuff is what I do
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Olson
    24 hours for me. I think one site may have been down for 36 hours, but that was years ago. A good relationship with your server tech and provider is always a good thing =)
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I used to use Cedant Hosting a few years ago and they had downtime all the time. I think the longest was 18 hours or so.

    I use HostGator now and have not noticed any downtime. Certainly nothing long enough for me to have any problems.

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author NeelsTheron
      I've used a dedicated server with Hetzner in Germany for years now - I've never had downtime that I noticed, but they notified me this weekend that they will need to replace memory units soon, which will mean 2hrs max complete shutdown - however they let me suggest a time when activity is low.
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