Taking Site Offline For A Couple Of Hours ?
Posted 05 April 2008 - 06:56 PM
Could you give me some ideas as to what i should do to display a message to all users,
and how would this possibly affect search engine rankings if they index me at those times.
The only option I can think of is to setup an alternate ww2.domainname.com
and point it to another server and display the offline message there.
The other server would have a completely different IP and would be in a completely different city, and would only serve to display the offline message to users.
Posted 05 April 2008 - 07:38 PM
Do it on the day that you have least traffic, probably Sunday sometime. I don't think the search engines will have a problem with it but lets see what that others say.
Posted 05 April 2008 - 07:50 PM
Also I would give an estimate of how long the site will be down and try to stick to that timeline.
As far as I understand, if you are optimizing for a particular city, moving your servers to another state/country might affect it. However, if you are just optimizing for particular keywords, it should not affect your ranking.
Posted 05 April 2008 - 09:28 PM
Ive decided to display a simple message page, and wont worry at all about the 2 hours down (as far as SEO goes).
Posted 05 April 2008 - 10:41 PM
Posted 06 April 2008 - 03:37 AM
Here's what I would do:
- reduce DNS TTL to a minimum (5 minutes?) (this needs to be done in advance to allow propagation to all clients)
- set up an alternate server
- change the DNS over to the alternate server when you're taking down the site
- have the alternate server return result code 503 (for crawlers) with a readable message (for users)
- when you're done, restore the DNS
By returning code 503 the search engines will know that the site is just away for maintenance and will continue to crawl it later on as if nothing happened.
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