About The Downtime And Lessons Learned

First of all, sorry that WRD had a downtime (around 8 hours) yesterday.

The post: 27 Adobe AIR Applications – Handy For Web Designers got pretty popular in most of the social-bookmarking / voting websites. I realized that the website was getting slower & about to take action on it. Then the post moved to frontpage at digg.com & I was not able to reach to server anymore.

Page Display Error

As the server was not responding, rebooted from the power-strip several times, got ping results but after sometime, reboots weren’t pinging.

Thanks to the hosting company that they reached the server & told that the server was not able to boot because of corrupt system file errors (confirmed via KVM).

A fresh OS is installed & they added the previous harddisk as a secondary one so I could get the data.

After setting up the server, here it is, WRD is back online.

Lessons learned:

  • Don’t underestimate the digg effect, it is really strong.
  • Don’t reboot a server via power-strip (several times).
  • Backup frequently (I’m good at this from past experiences).
  • Apply all of your own tips.
  • And maybe it is because the server is Windows, think about that.. : )

Hope that this post may help you to stay online.

6 Comments
  1. Reply Dave October 7, 2008 at 3:54 AM

    I blame the windoze server 🙂

    Glad to see you are back up

  2. Reply purelocke October 7, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Great to see the site back up!

  3. Reply Umut M. October 7, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    @Dave, @purelocke,

    Thanks very much..

  4. Reply Shortshire October 7, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    The Digg effect can ruin any website on the internet. Everyone believes they are prepared for it but when the first attack comes, you site goes down quicker than kobayashi on a hot dog. One thing that I heard helps is hosting your website on Amazon’s Servers.

  5. Reply Leonard October 7, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Love this article. At least you had a backup.

  6. Reply Karl October 8, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    I put the blame the windows server as well, I work everyday on a site that has a windows server, and we have to constantly carry out preventive maintenance to keep it up and performing. Whereas my linux boxes require almost no maintenance. Windows has it’s usefulness, too bad it is accompanied by more stress, and down-time.

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