Ping (ICMP)
Ping (ICMP) Ping is request message for protocol ICMP.

Ping is request message for ICMP (stands for Internet Control Message Protocol). This protocol is used by different network devices to check if a service or a device is available. Usually it is used for network diagnostics.

Ping monitoring allows you to keep an eye on your network infrastructure. Ping failure means broken connection to a network entity. It is handy to use Ping together with HTTP monitoring. In this case, you get additional information - for example, you know if the error is site-related, or the whole server has gone down. However, sometimes ICMP could be blocked for incoming requests, in order to prevent ddos attacks.

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Some secrets of content monitoring

HostTracker provides the best practice for monitoring both content changes and website availability. HostTracker’s tools allow you to check whether your webpage loads correctly and test it for errors as frequently as you’d like. Additionally, you'll know:

▶ Why do we need that?

▶ Service Settings;

▶ Content Check Methods.

HostTracker provides the best practice for monitoring both content changes and website availability. HostTracker’s tools allow you to check whether your webpage loads correctly and test it for errors as frequently as you’d like. Moreover, our service will be the best assistance in tracking websites with complex structure.

Why do we need that?

With “Content Check” you can spot the presence/absence of specific words on your page, as well as, to monitor the integrity of the website. However, it shows that it is insufficient to enable clear conclusions about the webpage performance. And there will certainly come a point in the life when questions like these arise: “Does the data load completely from the database?” “Are there any missing items on my page?” “What if my website is being hacked right now?” etc.

Little time for writing a simple script on your site - and you can check whatever you want. Server scripts come in handy when there is a need to keep an eye on any changes in website performance. To illustrate, you can write a script which will display “OK” provided everything is operating fine or there is enough disk space. If it happens that the website seems to be available, but actually “Error connect to mysql” pops up, then it’s highly recommended to tune the monitoring function for tracking the absence of a word, in particular, the word “Error”. To the boot of all that, this function can be used as a stopgap to identify obscene comments or suspicious activity until more sophisticated alternatives can be found. Notably, unwanted activity can be tracked by detecting the keywords of virus scripts.

The “Content Check” tool is easy to use and the results are crystal-clear for understanding. Moreover, our service is cloud-based, so you don’t need to install any additional software. Interestingly, the same check let hit HTTP load-testing and collects all statistics you need. Simultaneously, you can carry on website speed and response time tests and, by extension, pinpoint whether your IPs is blacklisted with one of nearly seventy DNS based blacklists.

Service Settings

Are you ready to start monitoring your website content? Let’s go! First and foremost, type the URL of your website into the space provided (or click on “Add list” - if you need to monitor a bulk of websites). Please, pay attention to the “Content Check” field – complete blank space with keywords you wish to monitor, use commas to separate words. It’s worth noting that HostTracker will keep you always updated on your webpage performance, and if, for instance, the presence/absence status of the certain phrases ever changes, you’ll be notified immediately by email and/ or by phone.

Additionally, there are some additional content monitoring options. The first advantage of using them is that, they give you the opportunity to choose only words or phrases that you want/don’t want to show on your website. The second advantage is that, in case of defining a series of keywords, both the disappearance of all words and a single one cause the error. A tick next to “Follow redirect” reflects that the request is forwarded to the target page (defined in the Redirection).

Methods

For more configuration options, click on “Advanced options” drop-down list. Make sure your desired method is set up in the “HTTP method” area.

Available HTTP methods:

  • GET (default parameter value) - is used to retrieve information from the Request-URI for keywords search.

  • POST – gets a content body used to send specific parameters and data.  It tests the functionality and correctness of the website forms.

To sum up, HostTracker incorporates a lot of powerful tools - you're bound to find something you'll like!

 

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Home > FAQ
Can I insert a list of sites for monitoring?
While creating a new monitoring task click "Add list" near the URL field. Then insert into the extended field the list of sites, each one from the new line.
How to add more sites for monitoring?
Sign in at www.host-tracker.com and on the main page and click "Add", for web sites click on http. Then fill regular task creation form.
Does HostTracker affect my analytics?
HostTracker does not execute any javascripts while checking your sites. So, if you use external monitoring tool, like Google Analytics, these checks are not counted. However, if you use some internal monitoring system - HostTracker requests will be logged. In this case you may exclude checking servers by IP. List is here.
How to check CONTENT with HostTracker?
Visit this link for detailed instructions: Content Check.
Does HostTracker support HTTPS monitoring?
Yes, HostTracker has full https support. Certificate-related errors are reported as well as usual http error codes.
Where can I find the list of HostTracker IPs?
IP addresses of all HostTracker servers are in this list. Note that the list may change over the time, as HostTracker network grows.
I set my site to be checked every 1 (10, 30 etc) minutes, however I see only 1 record in logs for a day. Why?
Note that adjacent checks with the same result (all show Ok or all fail) stack into a single record in logs by default. Pay attention to columns "Check cnt." and "Interval" in the log. "Check cnt." shows how many checks have been made for the specified interval. It is done to make logs less bulky. However, you may turn on "Full log" option for your tasks - in this case all checks are saved separately. You may select this option while creating or editing a task.
Which payment methods do we accept?
Most used payment methods are: credit/debit card, PayPal, wire transfer, WebMoney. If you wish to use other - contact support.
How do I enable a new SSL Certificate Monitoring Check at HostTracker?

Activating a new SSL Certificate Monitoring Check takes several minutes. Please start off on the Certificate expiration window.

▶ Enter your domain name​.

▶ Add a task name.

▶ Press Save.

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