AlphaBay has been encountering temporary downtime that has affected many users; most of them are experiencing 504 timeout errors upon trying to log in.
Furthermore, during peak hours the server is usually slow and backend also seems to be struggling.
As this problem persists, AlphaBay is optimizing its scripts with the hope of improving performance and downtime is expected for a few hours.
Nevertheless, the community forum will remain open as they conduct server upgrade given that it uses a different backend.
The site admin is requesting for patience from members of the public as they continue looking for solutions and performing upgrades.
Some users claim that AlphaBay is probably trying to migrate servers without notifying them beforehand.
But there are those who are adamant that this isn’t the case as AlphaBay would require a huge amount of data to back up the existing files, which include seller profiles, feedback, user messages, wallets, vendor feedback, images and so on.
It’s also possible that they will try imaging the bitcoin server but this is unsafe since all transactions made may be lost in an instant.
Shutting down the site is necessary to image it, as the image might be corrupted during the downloading process.
Moreover, even after uploading all necessary images, AlphaBay site admins will still need to reconfigure source codes for new servers, as well as upgrade database, security and “load balancing” of servers.
The entire procedure can take several hours to complete and activate, which is probably why AB is currently experiencing some moments of downtime.
Over the years, AlphaBay has been adding new features that other markets have not yet adopted.
These include FE Vendor’s remediary wallet for preventing fraud, tumbling withdrawals, Vendor stats and so on.
Considering that they’ve been in business for the longest period of time, AlphaBay has a very clear intention of keeping the market running for many years to come.
They are not about to take it down for good partly because the site is being hosted from a “comfortable point where they aren’t worried about the authorities.”
For those who’ve been trading on darknet markets like AlphaBay, such downtimes are quite normal and it has happened even on other sites for an entire week.
But when the site finally comes back, it loads faster and functions much better than before.
As for marketplace users, they should be appreciative that admins usually take lots of time to create a convenient place for trading, and practice even more patience while waiting for people to actually use it.
It takes hard work, good timing, persistence and innovation.
Nevertheless, some people still think it would have been more appropriate if AlphaBay told them of the downtime ahead of time, so that they could prepare for the inconveniences caused.
Update: AlphaBay is back online.