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Discussion in 'Web Design & Development' started by DaveSS, Oct 16, 2008.

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  1. DaveSS

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    Hi folks,

    The other day my free host announced it had to go offline for a few days as they were relocating. It's a free account, so I am not complaining.

    However It had got me planning a bit for a bit of disaster recovery. I have all backed up at my end. But if the free host disappears I was wondering if I should be prepared. And the best way to do it?

    1) I have signed up to some other free bannerless adless hosts and was thinking of uploading a back up of my site to their system. But not go live. If my free host goes, I thought I could change the DNS and be back up in a few hours if need be. How does this sound?

    2) does anyone know a free web monitoring site? The type that tells you when your site is down after a few hours?

    Thanks

    Dave

    P.S. Sorry about all the 'free' mentions, it's just the way it has to be for now.
     
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    SiteUpTime offers free monitoring of one web site. I use it to keep track of a website for where I work.

    http://www.siteuptime.com/free_plan.php

    EDIT: As for keeping a duplicate site on another free hosting service and editing the DNS records when the main site goes down, you may need to make sure you can edit the records at the critical time. If the records need to be modified through the hosting company's user interface, what happen when the hosting company goes down?

    It may take quite a few hours for any DNS changes to propagate to all DNS servers in the world.
     
  3. DaveSS

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    Many thanks for that link Chuck. And advise. I kind of figured the DNS would take a while to switch over. Even 24 hours would do if the main server goes belly up. It's just having all the files on another free host ready to go, in case speeds things up.

    Just worried that having everything stored away on a sub domain might interfere with traffic when the main site is active. As in if my key words like "super keyword" was unique, would a search engine pick it up on the new sub domain?

    Dave
     
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