Nightly Website Maintenance

by on August 14, 2007

Q: Why do some websites have nightly maintenance or down time?

A: There are a variety of reasons why a web site may perform nightly maintenance. Some web sites are brought down overnight in order to reboot web and database servers so that they will run efficiently and not have a negative impact on the user’s experience. Some sites take their servers down to perform security checks, software updates, virus scans, or hardware maintenance and upgrades so the user impact in minimal. Other sites may take interactive services offline overnight if they do not provide 24/7 support. There are a variety of reasons why a company would choose to bring their site down for maintenance.