Yesterday, three of Endurance International Group’s biggest brands, Hostgator, Bluehost and Hostmonster, encountered downtime following a routine maintenance. News about the outage (and the ensuring complaints) spread across Google+, Twitter and other social media networks quickly. The unfortunate (honestly sad) resulting flurry of tweets and posts included smaller web hosts trying to capitalize on yesterday’s downtime.
As a website owner, you need to understand that downtime happens. It shouldn’t happen frequently. An acceptable downtime percentage should be somewhere below one tenth of one percent of the time… but downtime (even if it is planned maintenance) does happen. Accept that and then plan for it. Monitor your website. If your website is processing a high volume of transactions, consider shelling out the extra cash for redundancy and failover.
Customers of three of the Endurance International Group’s (EIG) most popular web hosting brands, HostGator, Bluehost and HostMonster, experienced downtime yesterday due to a routine maintenance that resulted in additional problems. According to HostGator CEO, Adam Farrar, The issue was related to hardware failures in the core routers at the company’s Provo, Utah datacenter. There are still some customers complaining about lingering issues.
In typical fashion, smaller web hosts are scouring social media for angry customers, trying to profit off of the incident. Listen, downtime happens in web hosting; no matter who you host with. Hardware fails and software crashes. What is important is how your web host deals with these issues.
Read about the incident.
As mentioned above, downtime happens. As a website owner or administrator, you need to accept that websites go down from time to time. Plan for it. Tools like Pingdom and Uptime Robot can help you deal with downtime and performance issues quickly by tracking your server’s uptime and alerting you when there is an issue.
cPanel vs. Plesk vs. Bobby Lou’s CP Extraordinaire
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Kent Roberts, writer for the Onion and generally silly person, recently produced his most serious work to date – a three part series on web hosting control panels. Comparing cPanel, Plesk and runner up ‘CP Extraordinaire’ by Bobby Lou, Kent’s deep dive into the minutea of web hosting administration covers every facet of these fine applications. The series takes us for a ride into the backwoods of Arkansas to see the real world of cockfighting and crazy code with Bobby Lou.
See Kent’s Interview with Bobby Lou.