Nobody likes an unavailable website, but if you must take your site offline, a clear and well-designed maintenance page can turn around a bad experience. Sometimes you need to take a site offline for routine maintenance or upgrades. While a no-downtime update is ideal, it isn’t always possible. The advantage is, with planned downtime you can typically schedule it for non-peak hours when as few people as possible will be affected. If you have to take a site offline for planned maintenance, we recommend properly announcing ahead of time in your Realty2Go Real Estate blog:
- Why will your site be offline for maintenance
- What will you do on your site during the maintenance time
- What would be the estimated offline time
What is a maintenance page?
A maintenance page is a temporary page for times when a site needs to be taken offline for updates, backups or maintenance. It tells the visitor that the site they’re trying to reach is temporarily unavailable because the team behind the scenes is doing some work.
How to inform search engines that the downtime is temporary
If you take down your website temporarily, you must inform also search engines. This is done by utilizing the HTTP status code: 503 Service Unavailable. This informs the search engines that the server is temporarily unavailable.
For announcing scheduled maintenance on Realty2Go websites, we have included a Maintenace add-on – free of charge, which can be customized with your own website logo, background image, description text and contact details. Also, you will be able to set the Status Code 503 on/off, to inform search engines that your site is temporarily unavailable.