Crashes Hurt So Avoid One With Your Website

Your website is important for everything from reflecting your personality to selling units products. Today, there isn’t much a website can’t do for a company, which is why it always need to be online. A site that goes offline reflects a bad image and contributes to a loss of earnings. Yes, just thirty minutes offline can cause irreparable damage and you clearly want to avoid this scenario. But, is it as easy as it sounds to keep your site running smoothly? The truth is it will take a lot of effort and time, but your site will reward you in the long term. All you have to do now is figure out how to avoid crashes and your business will hugely benefit. If you are looking for tips or advice, look no further. Here’s the list that will save your site.

Test It Regularly

The worst thing about a crash is the surprise element. One minute your site is working perfectly and the next it is offline. What happened in that short space of time and what could you have done? Realistically, you couldn’t have done much if you didn’t know that there was a problem, but you should try and foresee problems at every corner. It sounds cynical but the companies that fear the worst are the ones that stay online. They do this by constantly looking for problems and fixing them before they escalate with regular tests. A test provides you with a lot of information that you can use to your advantage. The info might be solid, in which case you don’t need to do much tweaking. On the flip side, it might indicate that your site can’t work effectively under certain duress. It is always a good idea to test your site before a big launch or promotion for this exact reason.

Broaden Your Scope

Businesses want as many visitors as possible to their sites, and you are no different. The only difference is between the numbers they get and the numbers you currently get. Big companies get a lot of traffic not just because they are better marketers, but because they plan for big levels of traffic. They see an opportunity to open their website up and they do it without fail by amending the site’s code. As a result, the site won’t crash regardless of the amount of people that visit because of a bigger scope. Sometimes you have to think like a big business to get their numbers. Any time you feel there is going to be a spike your site should have more flexibility with regards to traffic.

Check For Data Caps

Even though it is your site, you might need permission to broaden your scope. Lots of web hosting companies have caps on the amount of traffic their sites can receive daily. For obvious reasons you want this cap lifted so that you can host as many visitors as possible, so you need to communicate with them. Some web hosting firms don’t care and will lift the cap if you ask them nicely, whereas others want money. Negotiate as best you can if they want paying, but remember it is often best to pay them to lift the cap if you are expecting a lot of traffic.

Fix It Immediately

Okay, the site has gone down and you go into meltdown. The bad news is that a meltdown doesn’t help anyone so you need to focus. The good news is that it is easily fixable with the right help. IT services can repair the issue in a timely manner and get you back online as long as you enlist their help. If you don’t, they won’t care and your site will stay offline. Clearly, it is a good idea to start shopping for professional IT agencies if you don’t already have one on retainer. If the last example isn’t proof enough then you should know they can also see problem before they turn into a crisis. You can do it yourself but you should only do it if you have experience in the industry. Otherwise you will do more harm and make the situation worse.

Update Your Software

Sites are complex pieces of code that incorporate different technology for effective results. In short, there is a lot that can go wrong. Like a machine, a site will start to breakdown if one of the elements isn’t working properly. Take your software as an example. Modern sites have software from a money management system to a social media plugin, so sites need a lot of power to run them effectively. If your software is old it won’t sync with your site and you will start to see bugs. The bugs and glitches can merge to bring down a site which is why you want to update your software as much as possible. If you see the opportunity for better software, grab it with both hands.

Backup Your Files

Backing up your files is without a doubt the easiest and most effective way to stay online. Even if something goes wrong you can press the reset button and go back to your previous settings before the crash. All you have to do is restore the files from your database and upload them. It only takes a minute so your site should be back online in a matter of minutes and you won’t suffer any setbacks. To backup your files you can store them on a pen drive and leave it somewhere safe. It is essential that you backup your files offline if you want this tactic to work. A bug can take down your entire server and destroy all of your files, which is why you need a physical backup plan.

Like all crashes, a website crash hurts and can even be fatal. As a result, it is imperative you understand just how important it is to avoid one. There is nothing worse than trying to pick up the broken pieces afterwards.  

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