Introducing eRanker Website Uptime Monitor
For every business relying on search engines and social media to generate revenue through their online platforms, website optimization and SEM are vital.
The reality is, however, that while most business owners invest hefty budgets into SEO and paid campaigns, a few actually pay attention to a very important factor: website downtime.
Imagine this scenario: after assiduous research and planning, you finally come up with a product that has a huge market potential. You open up a shop and spend a good amount of money on marketing and advertising, waiting for the customers to roll in.
But then you get the nagging feeling that something’s wrong, since you’re not making as many sales as expected.
So you install a top notch surveillance system and you find out that the guy who’s renting you the space is actively preventing people from buying your product by randomly closing down your store everyday, sometimes for a few minutes, other times for a couple of hours straight. Consequently, you take your business elsewhere.
With websites, things are even trickier. A lot of things can interfere with your site’s functionality, from plugin conflicts and code issues to security threats and unreliable hosting.
Frequent downtime means that visitors won’t be able to access your website at their discretion, costing you revenue and even discouraging them from trying again in the future.
Since you cannot personally monitor your site 24/7 the reasonable solution is to use a service that does exactly that: keeps an eye on your website(s) at all times and alerts you every time there’s a status change.
Because our website health check tool is all about identifying those key areas that need attention in order to build a stronger online platform, it was only natural to include website uptime monitoring as a key feature. This way, you can proactively monitor your site’s performance, keep an eye on your hosting, and ensure a fast response time, which is critical when it comes to online businesses.
How eRanker Uptime Monitor Works
- it checks your website at a specified interval (several options available, depending on your account type);
- if it doesn’t detect anything, no additional measures are taken;
- if there are issues detected, eRanker performs additional checks to eliminate false alarms;
- if the website is still down, you get notified via an alert.
How To Set-Up an eRanker Website Uptime Monitor
1. First step would be to log-in into your account. If you don’t have one, the registration process is fast and fuss-free – you can even use your Gmail or Facebook account:
2. Once logged into your account, look for the MONITORS option in the upper right hand corner:
3. Click on Create a new monitor button (left hand corner), then proceed to fill in the form with the necessary info:
- HTTP Uptime Monitor – This type of monitor simulates a visitor accessing your website and sends requests to the URL at the specified interval, deciding its status depending on the HTTP codes returned;
- PING Uptime Monitor – With Ping monitors, eRanker sends ICMP requests to your wbesites and it decides its status according to whether a response is received or not. Since websites can still respond to ping requests while being down (due to the hosting server being up), this setting is recommended for monitoring servers;
- PORT Uptime Monitor – This option is great for monitoring services that run from a specific port, such as like smtp, dns, pop, and their status is decided based on their request responses.
- KEYWORD Uptime Monitor – The keyword-based monitor checks the website for the keyword of your choice. When not detected, eRanker considers the site is down and emits an alert.
Friendly Name: The name of your monitor;
URL/IP/Host: The URL/IP/Host of the website monitored;
Choose Protocol: Choose between HTTP and HTTPS;
Monitoring Interval: depending on your account type, you can choose a monitoring interval that varies between 5 minutes, hourly or daily.
After filling out the form, you’re pretty much done. All you have to do next is wait for the data to come.
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In the meantime, if you have any questions or feedback, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us anytime using the live chat option or by dropping us an e-mail via the contact form.