POST method example
POST method example Example of monitoring a webform with POST method.

For example you have such simple form:
form action="some-site.com/some-script.cgi" method=post
input type=text name=login value=''
input type=password name=password value=''
input type=submit name='Submit' value='Login'
/form
User fill this form with value login: Peter and password: 1234 and click submit. If everything is Ok, script prints "LoginOk" on the result page.
For making a monitoring task to control this script, create task with next fields:

URL: some-site.com/some-script.cgi
Http Method: choose POST
In "POST parameters" field you should add three strings:
login=Peter
password=1234
Submit=Login
In "Content check" field: LoginOk
Results: HostTracker with every check will fill this form and assume that it is OK if the set keyword LoginOk is returned.

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Domain Expiration Monitoring

HostTracker gives you a unique opportunity to take an ultimate control over your website and increase its performance to new levels. Our service features lots of different handy tools that will let you monitor your website activity constantly and be the very first to know when you need to take actions...

In today’s fast-paced tech-savvy world, having a quality website monitoring service in place is a must to achieve top website speed, performance, and subsequent business success. HostTracker gives you a unique opportunity to take an ultimate control over your website and increase its performance to new levels. Our service features lots of different handy tools that will let you monitor your website activity constantly and be the very first to know when you need to take actions. All critical information will be brought directly to you through email, SMS or voice call, or via direct message on Viber, Skype, Hangouts, Telegram or Slack. All you need to do is decide how, when and where you want to receive these alert notifications. With our service on board, you will say goodbye to those pesky website problems caused by your hosting company, DDoS attacks and missed domain (SSL Certificate) renewal.

The nasty reality of expired domains

Here are a few reasons why dropping a domain name, even if it is fast recovered, is not a good idea:

  1. A heavy drop in search engine rankings and coming traffic.

  2. Undermined credibility. When it comes to domains there’s nothing worse than your domain name taken by others and used for malicious purposes. Yep, you got it right, domain hijacking is real! And once you’ve got your domain expired, you become very vulnerable to this kind of threat, yet you can’t guarantee safe user experience. This means you risk to lose your customer info, brand reputation, and money as well. Well, but that’s not all… What about your potential customers? Few would disagree that another important reason why many people are prone to abandon the particular website is its accessibility. No doubt, no one likes to wait. And if it comes to making a purchase online your potential customer will wait only 3 minutes prior to leave and never come back.

  3. Financial losses. Say, you’re the loyal client of particular bank or stock exchange, you’ll be definitely really upset to discover that you can’t check your financial info as the service seems to be down. Truly, the Internet is littered with tragic examples of how big companies including banks dropped domains and run into financial trouble because of that.

Let’s take a second to think about how hard it is to stay on track with the domain expiration. Actually, it's not quite that easy at all. Suppose you’ve got about 100-300 websites and even more email addresses. Moreover, every day you’ve got your Inbox bombarded with tons of different emails. Obviously, it’s really easy to scroll on some important information such as a reminder from your registrar in such a hectic situation.

If you don’t want to curse God for your memory lapses, consider jumping into some of the awesome monitoring tools like Domain expiration from HostTracker. With this tool in place, you won’t need to rely on your registrar. As you will be notified 30, 7 and 1 days before (and even after) the expiration of your domain by email or direct message.

Enabling notifications

Here are 5 simple steps to set HostTracker for sending you alerts of the impending domain expiration:

  1. Sign in.
  2. Upon successful login, navigate to Add check -> Domain expiration.

      3.  Enter your domain name or click on Add list if you have multiple domain names.

      4.  Click on the check boxes to select the contacts for notifications.

      5.  Click on Save when complete.

If you have Business or Enterprise packages, you’re opted to activate the domain/SSL expiration alert notifications for existing monitoring tasks.

Our service is still developing so should you have any questions, concerns or any comments to share, feel free to email our Support Team. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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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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