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Web Hosting is a service which makes a site available from the Internet. It provides a physical place for your site (server) and Internet connection, also it may provide DNS services. Hosting companies differs from those who own huge datacenters to the small ones who rent couple of servers somewhere.

How to choose a hosting? You should pay attention to several important things: features, price, support and uptime.

Features include disk space, database usage, bandwidth, monthly traffic etc. Requirements totally depend on your site. It is clear that personal page has different requirements than a well-known online market.

Price. You may even find completely free hosting, just look if the service satisfies your needs.

Support. How long does it take to solve a problem with your site? What is an avarage response time? Your site is down for a week, and noone cares - is that possible?

Uptime - what is actual running time of the site.

Reliable hosting is very important for business. Using website monitoring services may help to evaluate the hosting service and check how often do the problems really appear.

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We use the service to be always aware of the case when on our website. A message on the mobile allows us to directly act at the right time to reduce costs. Very good service for any business.

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Have you checked your website speed recently? If not, you should!

We’re happy to announce that we've finally released “Response time check” tool to diagnose poor website performance. Speed is one of the most important things in website workflow as it affects not only Google rankings but also your visitor conversions. Here in this article:

▶​ Which components make up page load time?

▶​ Website speed optimization.

▶​​ How to measure your website response time with HostTracker?

 

We’re happy to announce that we've finally released “Response time check” tool to diagnose poor website performance. Speed is one of the most important things in website workflow as it affects not only Google rankings but also your visitor conversions. A recent study shows that visitors aren’t willing to wait more than 3 seconds for a page to load. And truly, we all know how waiting for a slow loading website can feel like an eternity when you’re trying to get some vital information. Actually, a lazy website may cost your business. What really matters is that simply taking a few steps in optimizing website performance can make a very big difference. So, let’s look at some common causes of a slow website and how you can speed these things up.

Which components make up page load time?

  1. DNS lookup time - the amount of time it takes a domain name being mapped to an equivalent IP-address to be found. 
  2. Connect Time (TCP) - how long it takes to establish a connection to the web server. 
  3. First Byte Time (TTFB) - the time it takes to get the server response as well as the interval since the server receives HTTP request till the server sends the first byte of the response back. 
  4. Download Time (Content Time) – the time span between start and end of content load.

Note: If you’re using SSL Certificate for a secure connection, you’ll need an extra time to spend on authentication, that means additional time for establishing a link between your web server and a browser.

All these components together stand for the page response time. See, it's quite possible that your website is slow because of the problem with one of the five things mentioned above.

Website speed optimization

Website loading speed depends on several factors and each of them could hold things up. Let's find out the most common reasons why your website speed may be slow.

When something wrong with the website itself:

  1. Third-Party Objects. Different third-party plugins hosted on the page can slow down your website. Even though the most powerful services such as Google Analytics integrate these scripts async and seamlessly for website performance, still placing third-party plugins will cause a delay in loading as each one of them adds up to the total number of requests that are being sent. Although the website speed is affected by numerous things, yet it is primarily impacted by the number of HTTP requests your website makes. So the golden rule of optimization is the less weight website to carry, the faster it works.

  2. Media From Other Sources. The more external media files on the page, the longer your website takes to load. Such bulky content has not only a negative impact on web page speed but it’s also one of the surest ways to make visitors leave. How can it be avoided? First, place someone else’s media in moderation; Secondly, use proper graphics file formats; Thirdly, leverage reliable local storage. If you do a couple of these things, you’ll see significant improvements in no time!

  3. Bulky code/ Inefficient SQL. Inefficient code or unoptimized database queries can have a really degrading effect on your website performance. Consider doing some code optimization like editing some scripts, HTML, CSS code etc; or database optimization like adding some indexes, altering the queries, modifying the structure etc. Problems with code are usually the culprit of dragging your website performance down.

When your hosting is killing your speed:

  1. DNS – your website destiny depends on the DNS server choice you make. The faster your DNS server, the quicker content on your page will be delivered.

  2. The Data Center Location. Do not neglect geography. It’s important to ensure that your vis­i­tors are hit­ting the near­est data col­lec­tion cen­ter. Understanding the time taken on transmitting information gives you a better awareness of user experience you’re providing, because you know, it takes time for data to be delivered. If the site is a global resource, it is recommended to use CDN (Content Delivery Network), that is, a network of globally distributed web servers which is used to deliver website content to the local end-users as fast as possible. Essentially, it’s hosting your files across all this server network and delivering them from the closest location. It’s worth noting, that in recent years the popularity of cloud hosting has skyrocketed. No surprise as it costs less, provides more and gives the opportunity to benefit from infinite flexibility.

  3. Choosing the wrong web hosting service. The reality is that sometimes the biggest problem with your website performance is that it requires simply more resources, than your web host can provide. Consider searching for a web hosting company that best suits your needs. It should go without saying: choosing a good hosting company is a key to high website performance.

How to measure your website response time with HostTracker?

In the Response Time Check window please enter your URL, task name, and specify the Timeout value.

Note: Every time your speed value exceeds this threshold, you will receive a notification.

Armed with this tool you’ll be always updated on how well your website loads - website statistics and history of events are always available in a convenient format (see the picture above).

Hope you enjoy this article! Remember the hardest thing in optimization is often to simply get started.

 

 

 

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The main feature of HostTracker monitoring service is the regular checks of web sites with monitoring intervals from 1 minute. Moreover, the HostTracker’s dedicated global monitoring checkpoints network currently includes more than 140 servers all over the world.

The main feature of HostTracker monitoring service is the regular checks of websites with monitoring intervals from 1 minute. Moreover, the HostTracker’s dedicated global monitoring checkpoints network currently includes more than 140 servers all over the world.

Each test is simulating the visit of a real user. If this imaginary visitor is able to load the site – everything is ok, otherwise – the site is revised again by a certain algorithm (just to be sure). Then, if an error was identified, it is recorded in the database and the notification of unavailability is sent. This is the easiest way to check the site’s availability. If you are interested, HostTracker has a great deal of more sophisticated tests to offer.

Types of tools for web accessibility evaluation

Here are some quick checks you can start with immediately that will move your web site toward better accessibility. It is worth noting that these checks support different protocols.

For example:

  • HTTP - this is an ordinary request, which is obtained from the user's browser.
  • Ping – helps to test site or server network connectivity. 
  • TCP-port - tests the site-to-application connectivity.
  • Database Check - a health check which can ensure that the web server can connect to the database and can also help in monitoring of other vital features. For those seeking a possibility to check the data on the page, there is a content check function. In this case, the virtual client is not just logging in, but also looking for the presence or absence of certain words and phrases. This feature helps you to detect whether some important section of the text has been lost. Moreover, it helps you to spot any mistakes on the page at once.
  • With HostTracker service you can also monitor the response and loading time of your web site. Furthermore, the corresponding data is being written to the inspection logs.

Armed with all these tests, you’ll be eager to collect extensive and thorough information about your web site. You’ll be entitled to know when, why and how did your web site stop working. For example, when the network, server or web site itself are down. Moreover, by using HostTracker, you can immediately detect when web site performance goes down and omit causing any inconveniences for your users. Or even more – you can easily recognize when some data isn’t regularly retrieved from the database. All these tools can help you pinpoint and rectify performance and speed issues with any publicly available web site. It, definitely, saves your time! And, in this case, downtime is small.

Interesting fact:

Almost all HostTracker’s customers are eager to reach 99% or higher uptime. By the way, the data from this service could be a good support in your future confrontations with hosting partner. Truly, many HostTracker’s customers have found a reliable web hosting partner or made him fulfill all promises and commitments according to the contract.

  • HostTracker provides options for monitoring the domain and SSL certificate expiry dates. This problem seems to be handled easily, as the registrar sends alert notifications, but history provides plenty of notification neglect examples.  Dropping the domain name is a widely spread problem. Actually, Microsoft has encountered it twice.
  • Also HostTracker is one of the best resources that can help to find out if your IPs or domains are on some SPAM-database (so called DNSBL). Apparently, if it seems that you're engaged in spamming or other unwanted online behaviour, your IPs or domain could get blacklisted and blocked. The blacklist usually contains email servers suspected of spreading spam or servers that have been infested with some nasty malware etc. 

Most Internet service providers and web servers use these blacklists to detect IPs linked to computers with pervading spam or unwanted activity. And the problem is: you can be blacklisted accidentally and be unaware about it. If it happens, your rankings will go down or disappear entirely. You can be truly innocent of any deliberate wrongdoing and still be on the list. For example, if you share your web hosting with someone unreliable. With this monitoring function you can be always aware if your company’s domain name is blacklisted and be ready to deal with it. You're likely to come across contacting the list by email or passing through some sort of automatic procedures in order to prove that you are not a robot when you’ll be trying to get off a blacklist.

HostTracker service settings

All above-mentioned checks teem with the wide variety of options:

  • Maintenance planning and scheduling – allows you, for instance, not to catch the errors during the server upgrade period.
  • Checks from a particular location- as outlined above, there is a huge network of global monitoring checkpoints, and it is possible to choose only regions with potential clientele:

  • Delay alerts – this option will postpone alert notifications for a specified time span; manage notifications in line with the importance of issues; control the life cycle of both alerts and their notifications.

As regards alert notifications option, clients will find themselves spoiled for choice. HostTracker provides notifications via e-mail, SMS and, by extension, via Skype, Hangouts and voice call. The most striking one - POST request. There is a possibility to send a request to a specific web server (e.g. to restart the web site automatically).

HostTracker service has an API, which allows pieces of software to interact. It is considered as a contract provided by one piece of computer software to another.

The next HostTracker’s advantage is that the service doesn’t require a lot of system resources (e.g. installation any client software). Almost all features are operating using cloud services, and can be configured with only HostTracker’s web site tools. And service settings, definitely, won’t take much time!

Generally speaking, the service is still being developed, as well as, the monitoring network expands, new tools pop up and so on. Considering new tools, they are being developed in response to the requests made by clients. Please don’t hesitate to contact HostTracker’s admins if you have any further suggestions about extra tools which yet aren’t provided by the service.

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