Top 10 reasons why websites crash

Looking at the Internet as a whole, websites are crashing all the time, and they are doing it in droves. Why would your website ever crash? There are oh so many reasons…

  1. Digg/Slashdot – It got Digged and/or Slashdotted.
  2. Cable tripping – Someone who probably shouldn’t be walking around in a server room trips on a cable.
  3. Jolt Cola – Someone spills coffee or Jolt Cola on the web server, or, if things are really bad, beer.
  4. Pure Enthusiasm – Your boss gets whiff of a new feature and says, “Just install it! What could possibly go wrong?”
  5. DDoS attack – An angry, angst-ridden teenager launches a DDoS attack on your website.
  6. Web server upgrade – Your web host upgrades the web server. Nobody told you and now nothing works. This is strongly connected to point 4…
  7. Police raid – It happened to The Pirate Bay…
  8. Bandwidth – Your web host decides you have consumed enough bandwidth this month and cuts you off.
  9. Burnout – Your web server decides to spontaneously combust.
  10. Blame it on the weather – The next big hurricane hits the US East Coast.

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