How to Avoid Website Downtime

How can we define website downtime? The time when your website is down? That could be appropriate but putting it in order words, it is the period when your website goes offline. No matter the type of web hosting you choose, if you are running a business website, this can be very frustrating because so much money could be lost during that period. But if you are able to know its causes, you would definitely be in a better position to avoid it.

Downtime could be caused by so many factors but I will try to treat the most common ones. The most important agent of website downtime is bandwidth inadequacy and this is common among shared hosting subscribers who are not well tutored on bandwidths. A lot of them put up a lot of complicated scripts and graphically-enriched designs which have the tendency of using up their bandwidths unnecessarily. I’m an advocate of splendid web designs but moderation should be the watchword especially if you are on a shared server.

It is important for you to know how a bandwidth is calculated so that you can use it to plan your online venture. To put it in a simple way, anytime someone types your URL in the address bar of a browser, that person is asking your web host to transfer that particular page to his/her computer. Your host will then honour the request (of course, if your contract is still valid) and calculate the size of the data transferred. The size of the data transferred is called a bandwidth. For example, if the size of your homepage is 15 kilobyte and someone requested for it, as soon as your host honours the request, you have consumed a bandwidth of 15 kilobytes. If ten people make the request every day, I’m sure you know the mathematics.

Another cause of website downtime is the incompetency of a web host. If your host is not competent, website downtime would be your favourite song. That is why it is imperative for you to carry out an in-depth investigation before picking a host. There are so many web hosting companies out there promising 99.9% up-time but if you don’t verify this, you may be in for a shoddy service. That’s why I always advise that you should sign up for a trial service before you actually part with your money. That way, you will have the taste of the pudding by actually eating it.