Friday, September 19, 2014
The Internet is like a highway. With traffic moving back and forth, it’s usually difficult to maneuver things as anticipated. To ensure the seamless flow of the various activities happening on the Internet, rules or protocols are implemented to direct traffic and determine which entity or object meets a particular location. One of the many entities residing on the Internet is a website. Since the masses rely on websites for various reasons, it’s important that these entities are up and running so that they can be utilized when needed. What happens when a website is not up and running? A lot! (Think the impossible guys)
To illustrate what could happen when a website goes down, think about roads intersecting without proper road codes and proper signs and is packed with traffic going similar and opposite directions. That would be quite the chaos! Similarly, when a website is not up and running, it literally drives people crazy. Since some organizations, solely based on the Internet, depend on their websites to attract income, a website that’s down is devastating and bad for business.
What is Downtime?
Defining a website’s downtime is not rocket science. A downtime is a period of time in which a website remains unresponsive, inaccessible and well, down. Whenever a website is down, it usually goes offline until the system is restored. Why does a website go down? Much like the aforementioned illustration, a website is susceptible to go down as a result of various factors, ranging from internal to external. If you have a WordPress website, here are 4 reasons why that site might go down and how you can reduce that downtime.
4 Reasons your WordPress
There are several reasons why a website will go down. These reasons include:
Down for Maintenance
This is one of the most common reasons you’ll find a WordPress website going down. All of us have experienced the effects of a website going offline. Since maintenance is a crucial aspect of keeping websites fresh and spruce (by that I mean keep attracting readers), the webmaster will ensure to provide proper and timely maintenance for the ongoing functionality of their site. Whenever maintenance is done on a website, the webmaster should have at least notified their readers of the impending downtown and when it will take place.
DNS (Domain Name Servers) Problems
The Internet is not anarchy. What does that mean? It simply means that there are specified ways for getting things done and there are entities that interlink. The reality is, websites, while connected to the Internet, has numbers and addresses (domain) just like you and I. While a search engine such as Google.com is recognizable by humans, it actually has its true name that computers refer to it by. Whenever numbers change on the Internet, computers find it challenging to find that entity. This is a similar situation with your home address. If you relocate without letting the necessary persons know, they’ll have difficulties finding you. If a reader’s computer has not been told of your website’s correct domain name, that could pose a challenge.
An attack on a website
Whenever a website is attacked by hackers, they may or may not allow others to access it. This is referred to as a Denial of Service (DOS) attack. A DOS attack tends to overload a server which could render the websites being hosted on the server slow, utterly overloaded and even offline.
This is also a common reason why a website would go down. If you or someone for that matter wrote bad code on a website, that code has the potential to take not only that page down but several others. This might be dependent on the code in which the error is presented.
How to reduce the Downtime
If your website has a knack for going down, there are things that can be done to reduce the downtime of your website. These include:
Use Plug-ins to monitor uptime
Having a plug-in to monitor your website’s uptime is one of the best ways to keep track of your website without having to watch it continuously. Once the Uptime Monitoring Plug-in has been installed, the plug-in will do its job – monitor the uptime of your website all the way. Automatic reports will be generated and transmitted to you via email. These notifications are used as a way to inform you about your site’s progress. How does this reduce your website’s downtime? In the event your site goes down, received notifications will let you know when to take prompt actions.
Choose a good hosting provider
Your hosting provider has an immense impact on your website accessibility on the Internet. If your hosting provider hits rock bottom, so do you. This means that you should consider your options carefully when selecting a hosting company. How do you choose a good hosting company? Do some research! There’s plenty of information online considering what sort of hosting company to choose. Ensure to create a shortlist and personally visit these sites instead of delegating the job to your assistant. Many webmasters flock to cheap website host providers. That’s not always a good thing.
It’s also wise to sign up with a website provider who specializes in WordPress sites. By doing so, you’ll be ensuring that your site runs smoothly. If a web host frequently malfunctions, that’s a bad sign. Forget them!
Selecting a managed host will also ensure that your site is more manageable. You’ll be able to receive important updates – including updates for your theme and plug-ins. Updates are automatic and require little or no input. Below are some managed hosting providers you can consider.
WPEngine is a great WordPress managed hosting option. This provider offers vast tools that were created to ensure that your WordPress site is kept secure. WPEngine has a special feature called EverCache which allows your website to load speedily, provides scans automatically for hacking and repairs at no cost, backups and other features.
Pagely is recognized as one of the first known WordPress hosting provider made available. This means that the developers have a pretty good concept of what WordPress users want to see. Features of this hosting provider parallel those of WPEngine. Through this hosting provider, you’ll be able to monitor everything that happens on your WordPress site.
Improve the Security of your site
Security is a huge concern for WordPress sites. In fact, it should be of major concern for every site. When you implement security measures for your WordPress site, you’ll be making your site less susceptible to hackers who have the potential to dabble with your site. When this happens, they’re more than capable of denying you access to your own site. With a hacked WordPress site, a downtime is nothing compared to what hackers can do. If you ensure to cover up the various access points to your site, you’ll be reducing the possibility of anyone hacking it and taking it down through malware or coding that’s highly malicious. According to Steve Jobs, “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas”, so instead of making your WordPress site susceptible to hackers, make it secure. The first step to making your WordPress site secure is to ensure that your username is not ‘Admin’. To take it from there, do some research or watch some tutorials to see how you can secure your website so that hackers to not take it offline.
Since a website is very important and is used on a daily basis, regardless of its nature, it’s wise to ensure that your website remains online and not down.