You know that uptime equates to profits. You also know that website downtime can significantly cut into those profits if it isn’t managed properly. By now you have probably figured out that a website monitoring service is a must if you want to minimize the downtime that your website experiences. But what is website monitoring? Exactly how does it work? If you’re still questioning how a website monitoring service can help you reduce downtime for your online business, you need to understand what it is, what it does, and how it works for your business. Here are some things you need to know when trying to understand the fundamentals of such a critical service.
An Eagle’s Eye on Your Website 24 Hours a Day
It is virtually impossible to monitor your website yourself. You would need to sit in front of your computer checking every aspect of your site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Not only is this impractical, it is virtually impossible. This is where website monitoring services come into play. Such services keep watch over your site’s uptime 24 hours a day, checking your site as often as every few seconds (and sometimes even more frequently) to ensure that your site is up and available for your customers and functioning properly at all times.
The website monitoring service works by conducting in-depth protocol tests of your website, servers, network services, ports, and hardware devices. Each of these is checked at an interval that you determine when you set up your service. Oftentimes one server will check your site and then another server in another station will check it again, making sure that your site is available in all locations. If more than one location detects a failure, you are notified of the problem immediately.