What we, as design­ers, usu­al­ly do? We design web­sites, buy domains for them, host them on one of the fastest web servers. Then we opti­mize the site so it loads faster even own slow­er con­nec­tions. To make it eas­i­ly dis­cov­er­able in search engines, we spend hours learn­ing and apply­ing SEO tech­niques. We even add a good trans­la­tion plu­g­in to our CMS scripts so peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries can be able to trans­late the site con­tent for their own needs.

That’s for our nor­mal con­tent — the con­tent that is shown to vis­i­tors when your site is in good con­di­tion. But what about such a sit­u­a­tion when you need to put the site down for main­te­nance? What do you show your visitors/users dur­ing the main­te­nance peri­od?

Are your error mes­sages or tem­po­rary site-main­te­nance land­ing pages real­ly under­stand­able by your glob­al user base?


Fix ’em, if they aren’t.

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