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Posted on 2012-04-09
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Is something like the below doable for a generic website (no ecommerce, no email, etc) ?

If so, who like http://www.zoneedit.com do you recommend ?

1.       Keep NetSol as your hosting provider

2.       Get another hosting provider like http://www.readyhosting.com for about $200/year

3.       Setup something like http://www.zoneedit.com so when http://www.mysite.com is down it automatically goes to http://www.mysite2.com which is hosted at the 2nd provider
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by:kevp75
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It's definately do-able, i think the real question is, how important is managing your own host records, and how important is a failover to you?

Most hosts allow you to manage your own dns.
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DNS takes time to replicate.
I want some type of automatic failover.

What do you recommend ?
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by:shalomc
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The configuration you described is a sound one.

Do not setup and run your own DNS, do use a service like zoneedit.
I have had good experience with zoneedit, but when the portfolio I managed reached 2000 domains I switched over to ultradns.  For a small number of domains I would stick with ZE.

ZE have a failover service. If you are worried about site availability you should couple the failover service with a low TTL so the failing IP address is not cached for too long.
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You should setup both sites as the same name.
If you want you could even have them in different geographical zones and use this setup to load balance as well.
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