Well I decided to take the plunge and upgrade the ScreenCastsOnline to the new Rapidweaver V3.5 release to take advantage of some of the new cool features.
The upgrade went suprisingly well considering I'm using a third party theme, plus third party plugins and have created some custom scripts. To minimse downtime, I uploaded the revised site to a test directory and all seemed well, except for the custom code I use to fire off watching the free shows. They didn't work but I figured I'd hardcoded the directories in the code so that wasn't totally unexpected.
So i figured, bring the current site off-line, rename the old root folder, create a new root folder with the old name, upload - bingo! 10 minutes tops! The site hasn't been offline for months by the way. I was sure that no-one would notice a brief outage and it was late (at least here in the UK) so I thought I'd give it a go.
Check my email before going to bed and theres a note from the Marketing Manager of a potential show sponsor I've been trying to get on board for months.
Yes - she'd tried to get on my site 20 minutes ago and it appears broken!
Don't you just hate it when that happens - sob
So even a small independant web based dude needs to be aware of the global nature of providing a web site and there really can be no downtime.