Set Laravel-Project to “down” during updates

Everytime i start an update of the whole project it takes hours to upload all the new updated files to my web server.

To avoid a massive downtime for the user without informing them about the status and displaying any errors i just touch a file within the project:


there i add a file called “down” and the site goes into “down-mode” – atfer i finished my work i rename the file to “down-” to bring up the site agein. I configured the Error 503 page to display a nicer version of the error.

Error Class ‘Illuminate\Database\Grammar’ not found

Today i updated because i had some new packages i wanted to use. On my local Laravel instalation everything worked fine but after uploading the new changed files i got an error:

Error Class ‘Illuminate\Database\Grammar’ not found

I didn’t figured out how to fix this and suggested that it has soething to do with updates of laravel that occured during my development and so the local laravel version and the version on my webserver where different.

After uploading all the files again completely instead of only the different ones the website worked again. Maybe my FTP-Client has messed up some files. As the Upload of those files takes about 2,5 hours i should think about using GIT to avoid those long downtime and commit my changes more often to the GIT repository then.