Cadillac plans

Funny thing: you don’t get them at Kia prices.

Friday night, this site had a few seconds of downtime because of network maintenance at the Web host. (I posted a warning at the backup site.) For some reason, when there’s any downtime at all, the host gets a flood of complaints, usually along the lines of “This is costing me lots and lots of money!”

I usually don’t respond to these things, but there are two factors which must be taken into account:

  1. Hardly anyone is actually making lots and lots of money off the Web, and
  2. Those who are, you can bet, are paying a lot more than ten bucks a month for their sites.

And then there’s this:

My google ranking has gone to hell this month. My website has been down for a total of seven times, more than an hour each time, this month alone.

Yeah? I checked our corporate site, which was down for the better part of two days this past month for maintenance. It’s still carrying the same old 4 out of 10. (It’s been as high as 5 on occasion, though not recently.) And you don’t want to know what it costs us for hardware and bandwidth.

I suppose it would be nice to have double and triple and fourple redundancy, but at this traffic level — 0.5 GB per day at most — it’s absurd.


  1. McGehee »

    7 November 2010 · 8:46 am

    If that person cares that much about his Google ranking, he has bigger problems than server downtime.

  2. CGHill »

    7 November 2010 · 9:04 am

    He’s been brainwashed into thinking that it’s the be-all and end-all of life on the Web, probably by one of those SEO sharpies who sold him a bill of goods or worse.

    I didn’t have the heart to tell him my PageRank, which I hadn’t checked in several months anyway.

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