Uptime
Uptime Uptime is the period of time when a site performs well.

Uptime corresponds to the time when a site is accessible from the Internet. The opposite term - downtime - shows for how long a site has not been working during specified period of time. Usually uptime is measured in percents, and for period of time is choosen year. Percents over the year could be easily transformed into time values. Some typical values of uptime and corresponding period of unavailability during the year are shown here:

90% - 876 hours

99% - 87 hours, 36 minutes

99.9% - 8 hours, 45 minutes, 36 seconds

99.99% - 52 minutes, 34 seconds

So high uptime is really important. Even if it seems that 99% is pretty high value - it corresponds to several days of failure. If that happens in a row, many clients can be lost. Uptime value is usually guaranteed by web hosting, where the site is hosted. Website Monitoring may help you to increase the uptime and check if the value, declared by the hosting company, is real.

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Domains: do they have afterlife?

Every year, millions of domain names are lost. What happens after domain expires? How long will your domain wait for you before someone grabs it? And how to omit this?  

Monitor your domains for any changes. You can keep an eye on the state of available domains which you like, but don’t forget your own ones too. There is a wide variety of services, like HostTracker, which provide an easy, efficient way to track any changes of domain’s state.

Domains: do they have afterlife?

Everyone may face the problem of losing the domain name. Every year, millions of domain names are lost. Mostly, it happens unintentionally, the owners miss the renewal notices for various reasons and they do not figure out that they are in the process of losing their prized domain until it is too late! In this article you will get to know about the most known examples of domain expirations. Moreover, we will see that big companies, such as Microsoft, Foursquare, Yatra, are also insecure to "the drop game". Additionally, you will find out how to keep the domain name if you forget to pay for domain renewal. How long will your domain wait for you before someone grabs it? And how to omit this using HostTracker's Domain expiration and Certificate expiration functions?

How Microsoft lost hotmail.co.uk

One of the most striking examples of dropping the domain name ocured in 2003 due to what is called the collective negligence. In spite of the fact, that people were trying to check up on what was happening and somehow to deal with the problem, Microsoft behaved as a typical bureaucratic organization. It turned a blind eye to people inquiries. Despite being warned that it’s time for the domain renewal, Microsoft overlooked these notifications. Therefore, the domain was returned to the pool of available domains. Moreover, its mail service wasn’t accessible in England.

Luckily, the domain was grabbed at once. The new owner was so kind that tried to inform Microsoft immediately that they needed to re-register the domain and restore the service. Nevertheless, Microsoft didn’t seem eager to get their site back and ignored these messages. Microsoft realized the issue just when journalists contacted it.  Only then, the software giant reached a new owner of their domain. What is more, even after that, during a long period of time Microsoft had been stalling for time before the problem was sorted out. It seems that no one in the UK could deal with the problem, because only the central office was responsible for domain registrations.

Fortunately, hotmail.co.uk was regained. But still, Microsoft didn’t officially confirm that hotmail.co.uk had been dropped.

Only a registrar for all .uk domains shed light on this situation and born out that hotmail.co.uk had failed to be renewed despite being warned about the importance of the renewal procedure. Moreover, the registrar confirmed that the domain was snatched up by a private person. Apparently, all notifications via mail were ignored by the giant. It’s interesting that it wasn’t the very first time when something like that has happened with this company. In 1999, Microsoft had similar bad experience.

What happens after domain expires?

The procedure depends on registrar of the domain names. In addition, this procedure has changed many times over history. In this article we will be concerned with the most typical up-to-date procedure.

The first stage - the registrar shows loyalty to the client and gives extra time for domain renewal (grace period). Your grace period may take about from one to 2-3 weeks. This window can have a few deadlines - for example, a free update period, an additional fee etc.  When the domain is in a grace period where all services are shut off, it isn’t available for registration by anybody else.

The second stage - the auction. After the registrar is sure that the domain renewal hasn’t been done, he puts it up for auction. It's a registrar’s chance to bring in extra income- the domain can be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  Let’s be frank, it works- many domains are snapped up at auction. Let’s look at some of the most popular auctions:

  •  Go Daddy Auctions
  •  NameJet
  •  SnapNames.com

Each registrar cooperates with only one of these auction services. Domain names are exclusive to one auction, as the sell-off can’t take place at two locations. How does the auction work?

To begin with, there is often the opportunity to place a backorder. For example, if someone is very interested in scoring your domain name. In this case, the buyer will get the notification about the expiration status of the target domain and, definitely, leverage this opportunity. It’s worth noting that during this period, domains can be included in backorder auctions, where another participant can bid on your domain name. Generally, an auction can consist of several stages, as well as, after the main auction can follow the closeout of least desired domain names.

In addition to this, there are such sites that collect information and provide it in a more convenient way. For instance, these sites will help you to discover that more than 3 million domains have expired for the last 10 days. Furthermore, you will realize that even expensive (costing up to $ 500K) domains can be dropped after a while.

The third stage - domain "death". The domain disappears, and it can be retrieved on a common basis. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely if a domain name has any marginal value, as well as, consists of unambiguous words and is well-promoted. If so, the domain will probably get purchased, as nowadays it is also kind of business.

Some extra good examples

In 2010, a well-known website Foursquare forgot to renew their domain name. Luckily, they noticed this in time and quickly sorted out the problem. Nevertheless, customers couldn’t reach the site during this period of time. At that time the internet was bombarded with these news, yet the company has taken the advantage from this situation.

However, sad examples do exist too. In 2012, a popular Indian travel site Yatra.com, with millions of visitors and huge income, dropped their domain. Therefore they lost not only money, but also their reputation, clients and the trust of their partners. Eventually, the domain has been restored. The company hasn’t been as successful since.
Such common experience has held almost everyone once in a while in their history, from banks to giant companies.  Actually, HostTracker had such experience too and it was the reason why we decided to write this article.

Web site monitoring service almost lost its domain

The truth is that host-tracker.com was almost lost despite having an instrument for keeping an eye for an expiration date and sending renewal alerts. Actually, this feature became HostTracker’s last resort, as all domains and sites are being monitored by HostTracker’s own monitoring system. In a manner of speaking, even though at that time the HostTracker company got the renewal alerts, everything seemed to be fine, as the auto-renewal was on. However, for some reason, the automatic payments didn’t pass through and the domain wasn’t renewed. To be honest, we are still not sure why did that happen, as their support could not explain the issue clearly. Luckily, we noticed the problem in time and solved it quickly.

To sum up:

  • Renew your domain in advance. In this case you might want to ask your registrar to set up your domain to auto-renewal in advance with your approval beforehand. Moreover, you will be notified in case of any problems.
  • Backorder does work. Just before HostTracker entered their grace period, someone had tried to contact HostTracker by mail to acquire the domain name. So pay attention to such things!
  • You would better not enter the grace period. Once the domain expires, it can be easily renewed at the regular price within a few days and HostTracker showed this. The disadvantage is that all customers will be greeted with the message that domain page isn’t available. You should never allow a domain to expire because working on recovering it can take a vast amount of time.
  • Monitor your domains for any changes. You can keep an eye on the state of available domains which you like, but don’t forget your own ones too. There is a wide variety of services, like HostTracker, which provide an easy, efficient way to track any changes of domain’s state. Check out the description of such HostTracker’s tools here in our blog.
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It is rather strange, but instead of going down web services usually grow so overloaded with the user requests that after slowing down they become unresponsive. But nowadays it is extremely important to provide secure and high-quality web hosting services, available anytime, as e-businesses is acquiring popularity. The owners of the websites demand perfect service, 100% uptime and quality assurance...

It is rather strange, but instead of going down web services usually grow so overloaded with the user requests that after slowing down they become unresponsive. But nowadays it is extremely important to provide secure and high-quality web hosting services, available anytime, as e-businesses is acquiring popularity. The owners of the websites demand perfect service, 100% uptime and quality assurance. Numerous techniques may be used to make access to the website smooth, thus increasing uptime. Site uptime informer

Here we offer you twelve methods recommended to achieve performance gain and uptime increase. Software optimization is required for that, as well as hardware optimization. A lot of software features may be upgraded with the use of general and improved coding standards, operated by the website manager. At the same time the company providing the webhosting services needs to improve the hardware constantly.
You can measure the accessibility of the website using monitoring services HostTracker.

Software Optimization
The following are the first six ways to improve uptime:

  • Split the databases
  • Separate the read an write databases
  • Use popular content caching more often and improve its quality
  • Optimize static content
  • Ensure compressed delivery of content
  • Optimize the content management system


To begin with, splitting  the databases – horizontally or vertically, or combining these two directions - is essential, making the connection more reliable. It is also good to differentiate the read and write databases, this giving an opportunity for master/slave setup. These actions are useful to extend the database infrastructure for future use.

Second, when you set the system to use better popular content cache, and to use it more often, your site will scale up more easily with many users operating it. Internet caching has no difference from computer caching: it supposes storing popular content at a separate container, allowing much quicker access to the information for the users.

To optimize static content is one more way to make the access to internet pages and files quicker. One of the means for it is to compress the images to the maximum extent possible (but, of course, preserving their high quality). Moreover, it is necessary to check if the web server may be used to deliver compressed content; this characteristic is not connected with the images, as they are already compressed files. Take care to have all the appropriate settings from the beginning.
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One more appropriate thing to do is to improve the system of content management reducing the database calls number for each page request. It is like any type of connection: at the decrease of the information sending times the connection is maintained. In this circumstances, the number of calls to the database should be as low as possible – it will ensure that the users are able to access the content with the greatest speed.

Software and Hardware Optimization
The next six methods for augmenting uptime are:
Six more ways to augment the uptime are the following:

  • Use content delivery networks
  • Use emerging standards, such as HTML5
  • Improve the programming techniques
  • Add the content “expires” headers
  • Lessen the number of HTTP requests
  • Use Ethernet connections, allowing for more speed


Contend delivery networks allow for operation over larger amounts of media, at the same time improving the performance of the site. They are developed to direct the traffic to private networks. Such services allow operation over large media files, rooting the traffic along the Internet age, not straightly, averting extreme overloading. As the content delivery networks operate with large files, this unloads the servers, providing quick and qualitative connection.

Emerging standards, such as HTML5, include systems, improving the websites. It is achieved through advanced programming techniques, aimed at website and internet communications. Such standards do not 100 % assure that the website that uses them will not go down, but the in-built mechanisms of the code will act as the auxiliary mechanisms if it happens. Moreover, you should use improved programming methods while working with large loads and traffic spike.

“Expiers” content headers make all the automatically downloaded files cacheable for the visitors. So adding these headers to the content you will prevent the constant downloading of the browser. It blocks page review pointless HTTP requests. As well as the reduction of the database calls number, the reduction of the HTTP requests number will make the connection speed stable and not overloaded.
The last method is to develop Ethernet connection speeds. This will allow to cope with larger files and unexpected traffic spikes. A lot of hosting providers consider it as an excellent investment.

Speeds improvement and downtime reduction make the customers happier. Many of these methods to improve the web server or web site uptime may be achieved in a few minor steps. Such tactics, including Database rearrangement software optimization, caching improvements, content compressing, use of content delivery networks and content management systems, programming practices improvements and hardware upgrading will improve the web host as well as web site uptime, thus also improving your business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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