September 24, 2018
Website monitoring can’t prevent your website to go down - but it ensures you’re the first to know. Website issues can have severe consequences, from lost sales, bad reputation and lower google search performance. Website monitoring warns you when something is wrong, and supports you in optimising your sites’ performance in the long run.
When it comes to downtime, every second counts. Back in March 2016, Amazon.com went down for about 20 minutes. The outage cost Amazon about $3.75 million. Most of us don’t run Amazon’s scale, but it illustrates the consequences.
Goals of Website Monitoring
1. Getting notified
The most important monitoring feature is to get alerted if anything goes wrong with your website. Whenever and wherever you are. So you are the first to know of any issues.
2. Systems overview
Even when no issues are triggered, a dashboard gives you an overview how your websites are doing. This gives you comfort that all monitors are running and you have not overlooked any critical issue.
3. Data history
If you receive an alert that your website is down or has an issue, you want to drill down into the past hours' or days' data to identify the root causes of the issue - to see if it built up over time or failed spontaneously.
4. Website optimisation
Based on the alerts and data history, you can optimise your websites for the long term via a deeper understanding of failure patterns.
How to set up my monitoring?
HTTP and HTTPS checks ensure that your website is responding. The typical ports to check are ports 80 and 443 and typical check frequencies are each 1-5 minutes.
A content check ensures that a given website content (word, phrase or page output) is displayed correctly.
Alerts and notifications
Alerts need to reach you anytime, anywhere. Therefore a monitoring needs to tie into your preferred communication channels. Mail is useful for quick access, but while on the go you will need channels like Slack, SMS or Webhooks.
Upon each alert - or when you want to optimise your system - you will want to look into the data history of the dimensions you measure. In most cases, the past few days are sufficient. Compliance rules might require longer storage periods.
Regular reports on a daily or weekly/monthly basis provide proof of your systems’ performance and can be helpful for internal compliance to report key performance data on your IT operations.
Make it happen
CloudRadar provides Website Monitoring with a focus on fast configuration and affordability. Besides your websites, you can monitor your entire systems infrastructure with Network Monitoring and in-depth Server Monitoring.
Start your Free Version of CloudRadar now - up to 5 website domains are free.