When your website goes down, whether it’s for planned or unplanned (read: panicky) maintenance, you definitely want to have some kind of temporary landing page. If visitors are just met by a browser error message that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
A company that has repeatedly provided everyone with great, and very amusing, maintenance pages is YouTube, something we were reminded of during their brief (planned) downtime the other day. We collected some of the ones we could find from around the Web.
It might be a little bit harder getting away with something like this if you’re a bank, and not a free service like YouTube, but still, a little bit of humor goes a long way.