How to Properly Monitor Your Website

As a site owner, blogger or business owner, you need a site that is active and online at all times. Unfortunately, most sites experience server problems at least once a week, which can result in a few minutes to a few hours of downtime. This not only affects your site, but it is going to have an impact on the amount of people who are going to be visiting your site regularly.

What is Downtime?

Downtime happens to a website when the server goes offline. This is often due to a hosting issue rather than a problem with the pages on the site itself. When a server goes down, your entire site will become inactive. This comes up as an error message on your site’s front page, preventing from people from navigating around, buying products or making use of your services.

How Common Is It?

Downtime happens quite frequently if you have a bad host and server. If you’re noticing that the site is continually going down, you might want to consider switching servers to figure out where the problem lies. Most sites, on average, have downtime that lasts just a few minutes once a month. If your site has more downtime than this, it’s time to either change hosts or invest into a monitoring program.

Ways to Monitor Your Site

Using a monitoring program is a great way to keep your site active simply because it scans the site for downtime for you. It will then send an alert either by email or text message so that you can be aware that there is a problem. This prevents you from having to physically check the site, which can be time-consuming and daunting. In the past, the only way for you to keep an eye on server crashes was to shit there and look at the site for problems. Thankfully, technology has come a long way and is able to do this annoying work for you.

Using a Program

The program will be integrated into your site’s internal servers and will automatically monitor them for you. While this might sound complicated to install, it is a whole lot easier than you might think since the program will automatically integrate for you. Once you’ve integrated the software, you’ll need to put information into it so that it knows where to send alerts if there is a problem with the site.

Choosing the Right Software

Because there are literally dozens of different programs available, you need to compare different ones to figure out which option is right for your site’s needs. The program should test and monitor your site’s servers, so be wary of any program that says it just does the testing. Monitoring programs may also work to get your site back online, but this could mean a more expensive software that could cost upwards of a few thousand dollars. You can purchase the programs locally or on the internet at a reliable computer tech store.