Planned Website Downtime…

The recent server switch within Fasthosts has not solved the availability issues with my website. It was down for 30 minutes again yesterday. Since the initial (accidental) server move in December the availability of the site has been terrible. What’s worse, Fasthosts seem incapable of giving me any information as to why. It’s on a shared hosting platform, so there isn’t much I can do to diagnose the issue myself.

On Saturday 6th April (morning UK time) I’ll be moving the site across to a different hosting company. I’ve done a dry run using another domain and it *should* go smoothly. I can do most of the prep in advance. Only the 3 mySQL databases will have to be done at the last minute. Judging by the trial run, it will probably take about 1 hour for the DNS changes to take effect. The site is pretty quiet on the weekends, so I doubt anyone but me will even notice. :)

If this move doesn’t provide me with the service level I want, then I think I will have to delve deeper into my empty pockets and  pay for a dedicated server. It would be nice to be totally in control of the system, but the extra costs are quite substantial for what is essentially just a hobby site…

I’ll keep updating G+ and Twitter with my progress as I’m doing it. Fingers crossed. :)

Cheers

Tim…