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How to Recover from a Site Crash

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When your website crashes, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next in order to get your site back up and running as normal. Following a few tips and guidelines before any crash occurs is a way for you to ensure you are capable of handling any mishap you may face regardless of all of the content you have on your site. Website crashes can occur due to the failure of a web host’s software or actual servers along with having too many users trying to connect to your website at once.

Choosing the Right Host

Before you upload any content to your website, finding the right web host is a key factor in ensuring everything you share and publish is safe and does not crash. Research all of your options when it comes to choosing the right web host to find a company that provides at least 99.9% uptime. You can also research real reviews from clients for each web hosting company you are interested in so you choose a web host that is ideal for the type of website you are planning to launch. A great web host will have a money-back guarantee and can provide you with statistics to keep you well-informed of how they can keep your website up and running at all times.

Making Backups

When you have a website, saving and downloading backups of the entire site itself is highly recommended on a daily basis. There are programs and software available to help with downloading websites and ensuring your site is backed up each day in case of a crash. You can often make a backup with tools that are provided from a web host depending on the host you have chosen to use for your site. Research the options your web host has for daily backups and be sure to make your own backups of your website’s content as well. Downloading the content of your website from a FTP client to your desktop or an external hard drive is a way to keep an updated site on your own computer at all times in case of a crash.

Have an Alternate Host

Having an alternate host available is a way to quickly re-upload content or create a landing page to inform visitors of the technical difficulties you are experiencing at the time. Choosing a backup host before a mishap occurs will allow you to feel less stressed about worrying about what to do in case you encounter a crash. The more prepared you are with your website, the less likely you are to run into any problems or issues even during a crash.

Aubrey Phelps is a writer for Nethosting, a Virtual Hosting provider. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family, hike, and read.

 

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