This morning I visited Tombola to see if they are running any new bingo promotions but to my dismay I was welcomed with the following message: “Sorry, tombola is undergoing essential maintenance and is temporarily unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience” A few hours later the site was up and running and I was able to get the information that I was looking for. Yay!
Over the years I have come across a few bingo sites that didn’t run properly, became unreachable or were completely down. If you have ever found yourself in the same predicament as me and wondered what could be the problem, here is a list of the most common reasons why bingo websites go down or don’t work as they should:
Too many people visiting a site can result in web servers becoming overloaded causing them to slow down and if no provisions are made, such as back up servers, sites can shut down completely. An influx of traffic, especially during a highly publicized promotion, can cause a bingo site to run a bit slower than usually.
Occasionally sites are taken down for maintenance when hardware upgrades or security/software updates are necessary. When this happens an “under maintenance” message is usually displayed when you come to the online bingo site.
Weather can have a profound effect on servers and datacenters. In June 2012 Amazon.com’s Northern Virginia data center suffered two power failures caused by powerful thunderstorms. The outage also affected some other popular websites such as Instagram and Pintrest.
As it happens with most machines, sooner or later they break and parts need to be replaced. If the server parts don't work as they should, you can expect the bingo site to behave in a similar manner or not at all.
Servers are usually hosted in large storage facilities called datacenters. When these centers are hit with a power failure or a hardware malfunction, it affects all the sites that the servers support.