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Why You Should be Monitoring Your Web Services

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Ever have those days when you come into work only to find 500 messages in your inbox. All of which are complaints that the web server is down or something broke during the night. We all had that happen a few times and it was never a pleasant experience. You lost reputation and money. But having your site go down due to a hardware or software problem is more than a nuisance, it can be extremely costly if you make your living through your presence on the web.

Taking steps to ensure your site stays up is always a good plan, but something can always go wrong. For example, your cable or DSL modem could go out. You could have a power failure or your ISP might have decided they don’t like seeing traffic on the port you are using and block it. What about if your site uses a database backend, if the database fails, your site fails. There are countless other factors and forces of nature out there that can bring your site down. Sure, there are hardware solutions, but those are costly. You want something that notifies you within minutes and even seconds of there being a problem. That way you can fix a problem when it happens and not have to check on it manually all the time. Or find the problem after loosing hours, days of possibly leads and profits.

It is this exact situation that prompted UptimeVerify.com to create its Network Monitoring service. Monitoring effectively is a system that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, numerous times each hour. A monitoring that checks if your website is up and running from all key locations around the world

Monitoring works by checking your web services remotely. If the monitoring service can get to your site, database, ftp server, etc. and verify it’s working Monitoring will log its result and continue. Should it get a bad response from your service, or a slow response, Monitoring will then notify you of the problem.

When your service comes back up online, UptimeVerify.com will let you know as well.

Here is how you can set up and use monitoring:

  • Verify the service you want to monitor is working. Whether it is a web server, ftp server, POP, IMAP or SMTP server etc.
  • Sign up for UptimeVerify.com‘s Monitoring service. You can signup for free to test service or if you only have up to 3 websites/monitors; it will always be free. The set up for monitoring is very easy and only takes a matter of seconds.
  • We have larger and advanced plans if you require.
  • Login to UptimeVerify.com (create an account if you don’t have one, it’s free) and click on “Create monitor” on right side.
  • Enter the domain you would like to have monitored.
  • You can setup monitors for: HTTPS, server ports, Heartbeats for Cronjobs and also Windows servers, your mysql database and email ports, SSL certificates. And many more.
  • You can get notified by Emails, Webhooks, Slack if you are using and even SMS to your mobile phone.

Now that you have Monitoring set up, you can add more monitors to keep an eye on other services that you have. This is by far the easiest and most cost effective solution to avoid unnecessary outages and downtime. Plus, you will be able to enjoy your nights and weekends and not have to keep checking up on your web site.

Have a look at our Advanced Settings if you like to learn more.

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