Well, my entire site has crashed. Or something. All I get now is a message that the server is down for maintenance and the hosting company isn’t saying anything. I’ve got a shared hosting account and have a dozen or so sites all using it. They’re really just blogs that I wanted to do something with or just a site for fun stuff, but every single one of them is offline right now. Two of the sites are ones for classes I’m taking right now, so this is a big deal for my grades and moving forward with getting my degree.
This has taught me an important lesson about server availability. If/when this becomes a real going business I think load balancing between two identical sites on servers hosted by different companies (or just going with some sort of cloud based hosting) is really important. Just having the “five 9’s” isn’t really good enough.