Is my website “down” while you work on it?

In short, it depends. Your site will usually still be running during digital maintenance. Should you be hosting your own server for your site you may need to bring the site down while performing maintenance on hardware items. During routine maintenance of a website, most things can be done without the website becoming unresponsive for more than a few minutes as changes apply. It is important to create backups of the original site to ensure that if something breaks severely you can revert to an earlier version until the issue is resolved.

Oftentimes, a local copy of your site is created for major maintenance projects such as website redesigns. This allows for testing and prevents errors and broken features from being seen by the public eye. Once all issues are resolved the new version will be uploaded to the server and made public.