explorador - 3:48 pm on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0) Here is how I do it, It has solved many problems for me, hope it helps you:
I do use more than one host, but I don't have a plan, that's where I clearly need help.
Plans come in diff colors, I'm sure you'll get some good ideas here. There are diff things I learned a long the way after servers crashing and even "lost backups" of the host service provider (that YEAH, right... make daily backups for you).
Here is how I do it, It has solved many problems for me, hope it helps you:
It's not a super plan but when a server fails, NOT every one of my most important sites are down, just the balanced half or 35% of the whole. If the failure is severe, I can use a backup to put those sites online again on any of the 2 remaining servers (or creating a new account elsewhere too). The local backups (on the same server) help, but it helps even more to have a backup on another server.
I came with all these after a huge server fail with hard drive death. I feel sorry for the neighbors who lost all or almost all... I was off like 24-30 hours only: used my backup, moved the sites to another server and then updated my dns... I was off only while the dns refreshed.
I heard of it before and it happened to me too: a database rollback another time a VERY OLD backup restored by the host company... both times were a nightmare.
A site online means $$ to me so I can't handle my sites being offline for long. Don't keep all your egs on the same basket and PLAN AHEAD. Tricky stuff that "only X host provider has" will tie you up with them or to any like them.
Simple is better. Good luck, I hope it helps.