What’s the Biggest Threat to Website Uptime?

Websites can be incredibly complicated, sometimes to the point that it is a miracle that they work at all. There are a number of different reasons a website can crash, although some are more likely than others. So what’s the biggest one? The answer is complicated.

WordPress Plug Ins

A lot of small businesses use WordPress to build their websites and then use the platform to manage the content. WordPress is incredibly easy to use and user-friendly, so it’s a natural choice for people that want a website that looks professional without needing a large amount of technical knowledge.

The problem comes with plug ins. As plug ins suggest, they are pieces of software that plug into the website to give additional features or functionality. Many of these plug ins are built by third party vendors or even individual developers, they are not always the most stable.

Many plug ins are built solidly at first, but over time become abandoned. The code becomes outdated and buggy. Some of these bugs can cause sites to crash and the website owner must delete the plug in or find an updated version without the bugs. This is one of the biggest reasons websites fail.

Hosting Providers

For sites not on WordPress, the biggest cause of crashes is actually problems with the hosting provider. This problem tends to be the most frustrating as it is out of the hands of the website owners, but with websites being hosted in other parts of the world, there can be challenges in keeping them online.

Websites also suffer from crashes from coding errors being introduced as new features get added or unexpected spikes in traffic. There are many reasons websites crash and none are simple. While it’s impossible to avoid website downtime, there are ways to shorten it and help avoid disruptions.

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