Handling Downtime


Ideally web sites should be up on a 24 by 7 basis. This is however a difficult and often an expensive proposition. Today I saw on the ACM Portal site an innovative alternative.

Form for entering email
The form details the areas of the site that are down, and, more importantly, contains a field for filling an email address. When the site is up, the form promises that we'll get notified by email.

This approach has a number of advantages.

  • It offers users an valuable actionable alternative, considerably better than asking them to check the site again at a later unspecified time.
  • It lessens the load on the site, because users will not repeatedly check the site to see if it has come back up.
  • It is cheap to setup. All that is needed is a form that stores email addresses in a file.
  • It provides a measure of people who care about the web site's content enough to ask for a notification.
  • It can be implemented in advance of planned or unplanned downtime.

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