Final Website Tracking Guide

As you search for a web host , you will undoubtedly come across the term “uptime” and all sorts of guarantees surrounding it. But what does this really mean – and why does it matter?

What is Uptime hosting?

Host uptime means the amount of time your site is up and available to visitors and potential customers.

Everything that doesn’t work is downtime – and, to put it simply, downtime is bad. On the contrary, downtime means that people cannot get to your site, which can upset potential visitors, as well as cost you traffic and revenue. In addition, if people cannot access your site for the first time, they may not try again.

However, hosting providers provide minimum guarantees of uptime, which guarantee that your site will work and will work as a percentage of the total number of hours per day. As a rule, do not work with providers that offer less than 99.9% uptime guarantees.

Example: SiteGround running time for September 2018 = 100%. My site hosted on SiteGround has not worked for the past 30 days during this period.

Why is it important to keep track of your hosting?

From your end, you are responsible for monitoring your service and operating the site to ensure a clear view of the performance of your hosting provider. But more importantly, so you’ll be the first to know when your site goes down; This fast response time is critical.

And yes, your web host, of course, keeps track of uptime – but no matter how much you trust your host, you need to keep track of uptime.

This will help you confirm that your web host fulfills its promises, and also gives you some control over the performance of your own site; think that “the more eyes and ears you have, the better.”

site down
This is what your users see when your host is down.

So, how do you monitor the performance of your site?

So, what are the practical methods of checking and tracking the running time of your site? No – you do not need to check your site every 5 or so in your browser. The quick answer is using web-based tools to automatically check the performance of your site. Listed below are some of my favorite tools.

But before we get into the tools, let’s take a closer look at the types of tools available on the market.

Types of server monitoring tools

There are literally dozens, if not more, of server monitoring tools available on the Internet – some of them are free and some of them exceed thousands of dollars a year.

Some of them run simple HTTP checks to confirm if your site is working, while others perform very complex tasks in the background to control more control points 50 at the same time.

Different tools run each end of the spectrum, which can be a bit overwhelming for users, but also ensures that there is a tool to meet your needs and budget.

No matter what time management tool you use, it will fit into one of four types of monitoring: Ping monitor, HTTP monitor, DNS server monitor and TCP port monitor.

Ping monitor

Ping Monitor basically pings your site to confirm that it works there.

Think of it as a virtual ping-pong ball; if you put the ball on the wall, it should fall into this wall and return to you – if the wall does not work, the ball cannot connect. The same with the ping monitor – if your site is turned off, it recognizes the missing connection and notifies you.

This type of monitoring is usually a little higher, just letting you know if your site is up, however – it also provides an understanding of internet connection speed and downtime statistics. Connection speed is an important factor, because slow websites are not much better than websites down for visitors, not to mention that slow speeds degrade your rankings on Google search engines.

HTTP Monitor

We use HTTP to transmit data on the Internet using dialing rules that tell servers and web browsers what information should be exchanged. Since it participates in a constant exchange of information, HTTP monitors provide information about HTTP traffic between the Internet and a computer. Advanced settings allow users to obtain additional information, such as whether there is an SSL certificate.

DNS Server Monitor

Each computer has a numeric address; DNS protocol translates the online address to a numeric address. By comparing information and monitoring addresses off-screen, a DNS server monitor can provide detailed information about uptime, protocol failures, network failures, and much more. It is especially important if the numeric address does not match the online address, the DNS is able to recognize it and report an error that may be the result of the hijacking.

TCP port monitor

Transmission Control Protocol — or TCP, in short, transfers data from one network device to another network device, using a retransmission strategy to ensure that there is no data loss that occurs during each transmission. Since it is part of quality control and has the ability to establish communication between the host, it becomes quite fast if there is a problem with the connection. If the TCP port cannot reply or receive the transmitted information, the monitor will warn the user about a faulty or faulty transmission.

It is incredibly important to control the time of your site to make it successful. In the cyber world, there are constant threats, and working with a large host, who carefully monitors uptime and actively defends defense, is the first step; taking secondary measures to control oneself is second, and both are equally important.

Server monitoring tools for review

1. Host Tracker (free and paid)

Home page of the Host Tracker website.
Panel user host tracker.

Not to be confused with the prototype software Microsoft HostTracker, Host-Tracker is a comprehensive website monitoring service. The service has nodes 140 and several monitoring points from around the world. Host-Tracker comes in several language packs – Italian, English, Spanish and Greek. The free plan covers up to website monitors 2 (checks at intervals of 30 minutes); for paid plans, there are up to 150 website monitors and up to nine different test methods.

At the time of writing, Host Tracker controls more than 300,000 websites from 140+ locations. Their login plan starts at $ 3.25 / month if you subscribe for a year.

2. Monitor Scout

Scout Monitor Home
Scout Monitor Home

Monitor Scout helps you track the availability of websites from different locations 15 and performs checks on HTTP, HTTPS, PING, MySQL, MS SQL, IMAP, POP3, DNS, etc. With a one-minute interval. Users receive email and SMS alerts in case of server failure; detailed reports are provided, including uptime, delays and in-depth analysis.

3. Got a site monitor

Get a site monitor
a list of users

I’ve never used Got Site Monitor before, but some of my WHSR readers strongly recommend this tool. From the outside, we see that the free plan covers up to 5 URLs, 20 SMS alerts upon registration and unlimited email alerts. A website check (monitoring interval) is performed every 5 minutes for a free plan, every minute 1 for Paid Plans. Users are able to track the operation time of websites from different places; and the tool also checks the web page content, the secure SSL certificate and the performance of the site, in addition, the time of the site.

4. Service time (free and paid)

Uptime service home page.

Service Uptime provides 5 different tariff plans: free, standard ($ 4.95 / mo), extended ($ 9.95 / mo), professional ($ 52.50 / mo) and custom. For Free Plan you will receive one free monitor that is checked every 30 minutes via HTTP, SMTP, FTP and PING. The company covers up to 10/20/110 uptime with 10 in different places with an accuracy of 1-minute monitoring intervals for Standard / Advanced / Professional plans.

5. Basic condition (free)

uptime - baseline
Main state homepage

Basic State is a free service that helps you to track an unlimited number of websites at a scan frequency of 15 minutes. Downtime notifications are sent from BasicState via email or text message; Daily reports are available for 14 days history.

6. Status Cake (free and paid)

Cake Homepage
Cake Homepage

Status Cake supports both free and paid accounts. For a free plan, users get a minimum of 5 checks on unlimited websites, plus detailed monthly reports at the end of each month. However, during failures, no warning will be sent. On the other hand, Paid Plans – Basic, Superior, Business (priced at £ 5.99 / 14.99 / 49.99 per month) – supports SMS alerts, up to a 30-second monitoring interval, real browser testing, content checking, user status code, SSL monitoring, malware inspection and many other useful add features.

7. Pingdom (free and paid)

Pingdom home page
Pingdom home page

Pingdom is part of 5 different service plans, namely Free ($ 0), Starter ($ 9.95 / mo), Standard ($ 21.06 / mo), Professional ($ 91.20 / mo) and Enterprise ($ 453.75 / mo). The free plan covers one website, monthly email reports and SMS 20 failure alerts; The launch plan monitors checks 10, the monitoring site for real users 1 and SMS 20 failure warnings. Standard, Professional and Enterprise covers 50/250/500 checks using real-time 5/20/200 users monitoring sites plus 200/500 / 1,000 SMS alerts. Pingdom also comes free in mobile apps, so you get a push alert on your iPhone or Android phone.A website check (monitoring interval) is performed every 1 minute for free and paid plans.

8. Monitis (free)

Monitor home page
Monitor home page

Sponsored by Monitoring of Monitoring, Monitoring on the site is 100% free. With this tool, users can monitor the availability of a website from different places and check the performance of a website using HTTP, HTTPS, PING and DNS. This tool also covers public IP verification using TCP, UDP, SSH and IMCP protocols. Crash notifications will be sent instantly via email, instant messages, SMS and live votes; detailed reports with service level metrics for the interval.

Update – Monitor.us goes to Monitis. The main monitoring service remains free according to the press release .

9. Robot Uptime

Uptime Robot website
Uptime Robot website

Uptime Robot checks your sites every five minutes or so, and if the site does not respond, the program will send you an email stating that your sites are down. The best thing about Uptime Robot is that it is absolutely free and allows you to connect up to 50 monitors for each account. I use Uptime Robot to track most of my test sites and publish performance evaluations here monthly.

What Uptime monitoring service to use?

Several key factors to consider when choosing a service to monitor uptime:

  • What is the interval between each check?
  • How are warning messages sent?
  • What reporting option does the system provide?
  • What’s the price? Do you really need a paid tracking service?

 Professional Tips

According to my industry experience, monitoring a server or a webpage is not enough to provide a bulletproof situation for your business.

Several other aspects should be monitored. Say, for example, your online store is prone to idle or other problems; You lose customers and make losses. The most realistic solution is to monitor web pages, login pages, databases, host server, hardware components, and vital applications. Choose a monitoring tool that has all of these features.

When it is difficult for the user to choose between monitoring companies 2 or 3, the user should contact the support service of these companies to check whether a free trial version of their services is available. All large controlling companies should be able to offer this to customers who are in the process of being assessed.

– Johan, CEO of Monitor Scout.

What happens next if you find that your site is disabled?

Your site is down, now what?

There are a number of reasons why a website may be down.

Here are a few things you can do when your site is down:

  • Double check of the site using various services – free web applications such as WHSS Uptime Checker ,My sites up , Down for all or just me and Is Up will come in handy in this situation.
  • Notify your web host about the problem – send reports received from the monitoring service (if any). Do not proceed to the assumption that your hosting provider knows about the problem.
  • Drink ice cream and wait for your web host to respond. Yes, I’m serious! You are at the mercy of your web host in this matter, and that is why I always emphasize that choosing a good web host is very important for your success on the Internet. You can do nothing if your web host is the one that is causing the crash.
  • If the problem persists, go to another web host.

P / S: If you like this post, you might also like our guide on how web hosting switching web hosting works .

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