FAQ: How do I stop a website in order to perform an upgrade?
Applies To: Making changes when FTP access is the only available option.
Manually Disable the Website
When a website is active, the server has a lock on the DLL files located in the \Bin\ folder. If you need to update one of these files, then you must first stop the website so the lock is released.
If you do not have direct access, or the ability to stop your website, then follow these simple instructions prior to upgrading.
Restart the Website
When you are finished updating any files, then simply delete "app_offline.htm" to re-enable the website.
Upon access to any page, the application will restart fresh.
Manually Recycle the Application
If you are making updates to Asp.Net files, ones that are not located in the \Bin\ folder, then you can use this little trick to recycle the application after new files are uploaded to the website.
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