Practical use of the network monitoring tool to check your web-site

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  • September 2, 2010

How much time ago did you check your website? Are you sure it is up at this moment? Now I forespeak that you launching your browser, typing the URL and looking if it is still there. Seems like everything is okay… Well, maybe the web-page was just saved in the browser cache? Lets do a full refresh… Being in luck this time! But can you be sure it was responding yesterday, last week, or last month? Every hosting provider will grant you a 99.9% uptime. Well, I would like to know that for sure.

Imagine that your potential customers come to your website when it is unexpectedly down. They see some error message or simply the blank page. How do you suspect, how many of them will come away and will never return? Well, maybe some of them will try again later. But anyhow, people prefer to make their purchases on the reliable and safe sites. When you are doing any kind of online business, you need to be sure, your customers can browse your site and receive information, services, or products they are looking for. Any unnoticed downtime means loss of customers that, in its turn, means loss of business.

You may say that it is life, everything happens, and you can’t completely avoid downtimes. This is partly true. You can’t completely avoid them, but you can surely minimize them! The sooner you get information about any problem, the sooner you can take the actions and solve it. Contact your hosting provider, restart some services, etc.

For this purpose, you may want to try ProtoMon. This is a server monitoring software that will automatically check your site at specified intervals. And will in no time let you know, if any errors detected. It needs only a couple of minutes to download, install, configure, and start using the program.

Server monitoring software

You are able to create the checks of the different types to check all aspects of your web-server. As a first step you can add a ping monitor. This permits you to be sure that the host computer is reachable. Website monitor (HTTP monitor) can connect to the web-server, download the specified web page and even check its content using the text filters with the support of the boolean expressions. By the way, the program can use the proxy server, and connect to the password protected parts of the site. Also you may wish to monitor your fileserver using the FTP, FTPS and SFTP monitors. And control your mail server (POP3 monitor, SMTP monitor) to be sure that you are able to receive email messages from your clients and they do receive your answers.

ProtoMon can launch the batch files on your server through the Telnet or SSH monitors, then capture and analyse their output. This permits you to monitor almost every parameter of your server including the CPU load, memory usage and so on.

If any problem found, the software can inform you by displaying the pop-up window, playing some sound file, executing any application or URL, or sending a notification email message to the specified addresses.

ProtoMon saves full statistics of every monitor to your computer. You are able to review it locally, using a handy viewer which includes a well-looking diagram which supports zooming and panning and descriptive hints for even better comfort. Or you may wish to use the built-in web server to connect to ProtoMon remotely, and view the monitors statuses, failure list and statistics using your favorite web-browser.

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