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Downtime Downtime is when your site does not work. It's really bad.

Downtime is when your site does not work. If the site does not work - you'll not get any benefits from its existence. Downtime is opposite to uptime. There could be various reasons why a site does not work. Most usual cases: problems with server, server overload, application error, network problems and so on. The first step of fixing en error is detecting. There are special instruments, called website monitoring services, which may check sites for errors over the time. Such tools help you to detect error and provide primary analysis of its reasons. Also, usually some information could be found in server logs. If you have access to them, you should review. If not - ask your hosting company to provide them. Detecting of errors may help you to evaluate the reliability of your site and hosting.

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How to get alerts from HostTracker

In today’s high speed, high pressure and high-stress world it’s utterly important to keep up with things going on with your website. Being well-informed means being in the know of how speedily the monitoring service can contact you - as how will you save the world if you don’t know what’s happened in time?

In today’s high speed, high pressure and high-stress world it’s utterly important to keep up with things going on with your website. Being well-informed means being in the know of how speedily the monitoring service can contact you - as how will you save the world if you don’t know what’s happened in time? HostTracker gives you this unique opportunity to be the first to find out when your website goes down or stops functioning the way it should.

However, there are a couple of factors to keep in mind. All issues – especially serious ones - need to be clearly prioritized. By far, keeping up with all warning notices without managing their preferences beforehand can be really challenging. Chances are, that at some time in your life, you’ll simply get your mail drowned in the notification spam.

In light of this, HostTracker provides a set of default notification preferences. Generally, they are split up into three categories:

  • Short-term issues - the alert is not sent at all;

  • Major issues – the administrator is notified right away.

  • Long-term issues – the manager is notified right away.

If your website falls into one of these three groups, HostTracker emails you at once. There are many ways you could configure HostTracker to send notifications out. The direct message notifications could be sent via e-mail, SMS, Skype, Viber, Hangouts, Telegram or Slack. It’s up to you to choose which method (methods) you want to use. Rather, if you have your phone number attached to your HostTracker account you can also turn on SMS or voice call notifications. HostTracker values its customers' time above all else and provides notification scheduling as well. Therefore, you won’t be annoyed with your phone buzzing all night long, as well as, you’ll get your notifications in small doses in time throughout the day.

Additionally, there are several sub-categories based on following events:

  • If the website experiences some performance problems;

  • If the website is offline;

  • If the website is back online or performance problems have been successfully sorted out.

Whilst the first and third options are clear to understand, the second is likely pretty vague. So when can you expect your alerts on the second occasion? HostTracker will drop you multiple timely alerts every time when the check is unsuccessful – note, we consider only confirmed minor/major problems.

The system work is organized in such a brilliant way, that every responsible person for the website well-being happens to be protected from being spammed by multiple unimportant notifications or reminders, and get them only on the serious events. For example, suppose your website is managed by both the administrator and manager, and is currently offline. In that case: first, the e-mail will be sent directly to the administrator; second, after quarter an hour the administrator will receive the direct SMS notification; third, if that situation does not change after more than an hour, the SMS will be sent to the manager, to boot. Sounds ideal, isn’t it? While it may be ample for your needs, HostTracker offers one more feature – Time of activity - in order to help you solve your problems in a much more quick and efficient way.

One reason why using Time of activity option is of interest to our clients is that they could enjoy a good night sleep without worrying whether their shift administrator will miss an important alert. By the way, all outlined options are fully-customizable.

As a customer-oriented company, we provide not only different useful tools for smooth website life online but also lend an air of ‘peace and relaxation’ to our customers – they are not stressed out by annoying ongoing notifications. Various settings allow our customers to clearly define and assign roles and responsibilities for team members, collaborate better and ultimately, have an overview of the whole website performance and keep track of the all technical difficulties they experience with their website. 100% customer satisfaction is our goal.



 

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Website monitoring is a process of supervision over the performance of the site. HostTracker is a powerful tool which serves that purpose.

Website monitoring is a process of supervision over the performance of the site. Usually it is used to keep an eye on commercial sites or other pages for which high availability is very important.

Companies, which provide website monitoring services, let their clients to check a website, a server, port or other available from the Internet entity. The responses are collected and analyzed. Usually, the monitoring is performed from different locations, distributed over the whole world or the specific continent or country. Such monitoring is called distributed monitoringand helps to detect network-related issues as well as site or server-related. Also, distributed monitoring often makes possible to analyze the site performance from the places which are close to the real customers, instead of some distant locations which could have high latencies. The collected information could be found in a different form: email reports, graphs and different smart dependencies, to help the client to get a comprehensive view of the site's performance. Parameters like load time, speed and others can help to optimize the site performance. In case of critical error, monitoring services use variety of notification methods to deliver the alert to the client: SMS, voice call, instant messengers, email and others. This, together with immediate diagnostics, helps responsible persons like server administrators or developers to fix the site as soon as possible and minimize the duration of the failure.

Why is this important? For commercial sites, working time is proportional to their income. Roughly speaking, 2 hours of failure per day means that 1/12 part of the potential clients are lost. Even more - loyal customers also can find a more reliable competitor in case they can not receive their services/goods when they want. For other types of sites, like government, educational, NGO this is very important too. If people can't find the information fast, they'll find another source. Some parameters like site speed are important for search engines, others - database connectivity, for example - can greatly affect the convenience of usage of the site. Monitoring of some internal values like CPU load, memory consumption and disk space are important for administrators in order to prevent performance degradation. Another important purpose is verification of SLA (service-level agreement) of hosting provider. For technical issues, no site can be available 100% of time during long enough period. Sometimes servers are rebooted, updated or upgraded. So each hosting provider guarantee some specific value, which is called uptime, that shows how long can a site be down for technical reasons. Uptime is usually measured in percent. In this table it is shown for how long a site could be down for each uptime value:

  • 90%          876 hours
  • 95%          438 hours
  • 99%          87,5 hours
  • 99.9%       8 hours 45 minutes
  • 99.99%     52,5 minutes
  • 99.999%   5 minutes 15 seconds

If the real site performance does not correspond to SLA, it could be a reason for claim and refund request. Also, it can help the customers to select the best hosting for their needs.

Monitoring companies often provide some additional services, like vulnerability check, virus scanning, domain and certificate expiration check and many others, in order to make a useful product for their customers.

Different ways to monitor

The monitoring, based on the purpose, can be performed in several ways. Internal monitoring tools require some software to be installed into the monitored system, for example, corporate network. It helps to detect network issues, system performance and exclude or catch hardware and performance issues. External monitoring is performed from outside. It's purpose is check the availability and performance of the system by the third-party's eyes. Real user monitoring is external monitoring which simulates the real visitor of a site. Depending on complexity, such monitoring can analyze the page loading, content, sometimes - even design problems. Most advanced monitoring can offer its client to create a scenario for a visitor. This is called transaction monitoring and can perform some steps one-by-one: like load the page, navigate through menu, make a purchase. Passive monitoring is performed by a code which is integrated into the website code and sends specific information to the collector server each time the page is loaded. It helps to analyze customers actions on the site and analyze the traffic.

Monitoring services usually support different check protocols, and can monitor not only the websites, but also other entities like a file servers, mail servers, specific ports etc. Depending on task, monitoring interval can vary from several seconds to once per day.

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