From time to time I need to bring down my website for maintenance, bug fixing, upgrading etc. I have seen that many sites just place the "Site is under maintenance, please visit later" sign on the main page and that's it.
My site is a part of the prepaid service, that is real important to users.I am afraid they will find this practice a bit disappointing. Also what about 24 x 7 uptime promise that all modern sites including mine are boasting about?
I am working really hard on the technical stuff in order to make a downtime period as rare and short as possible. Still I am not sure that it is enough.
From your experience, am I exaggerating here or is this really so annoying and intolerable for users ? And if it is, how do you cope with this problem?