Uptime is one of the most essential characteristics of the site or server availability and performance. 100 % uptime means that the site or server is available 24/7 during a long period of time and doesn’t experience any issues. Having such characteristic lets the server respond to all incoming network requests constantly and stably.
100% uptime is a necessary thing for the business processes which use email , web servers, or file and database servers. Frequent downtimes and low server uptime rates have a negative impact on the performance, productivity, sales, customers and business partners.
Every site owner knows that, things can sometimes go wrong, either with a site , with its code, or with the server and network. If you don’t want to worry about web hosting uptime, spending your time, energy and resources trying to stay on top of things like patching, updating, monitoring, backing up data,etc., use uptime monitoring tools and they will help you to keep your websites up and running.
Uptime monitor tool will monitor your websites during a certain period of time ( for example,every 5 minutes) and alert you if your websites are down using different notification methods (SMS, emails, online reports and other means).
Using the uptime monitoring tool you will be able to automatically monitor uptime for your servers , by checking the server availability and providing performance analysis, using different check types, for example:
- CPU load, Available Memory monitoring
- Windows and Unix server services;
- Ping, tcp;
- Databases (ODBC, SQL, Oracle,Mysql).
Immediate notifications about the server or services downtime allow server administrators and business owners respond to failures in time and in this way maximize the server uptime.
Uptime monitoring tools functionality allows you to collect all data for web server/website uptime calculation and perform checking from multiple locations by means of Remote Network Monitoring Agents ( offered by IPHost Network Monitor for example).
Such functionality is widely used by hosting providers who need to support high reliability of their hardware, web hosting, web server, and dedicated server.
Besides server uptime monitoring , uptime monitoring tools can be used to monitor CPU load, free disk space, or memory usage, and to monitor the ports of routers and switches using Simple Network Management Protocol.
Here are the step-by-step actions of Uptime Robot to understand it better:
To understand the performance of the uptime monitoring tool better, everyone can follow step-by-step actions provided by one of the uptime monitors(for example, Uptime Robot monitor). So it works in the following way:
- it asks for your websites headers and gets status codes like “200-ok”, “404-not found”, etc. every 5 minutes (or more depending on the monitor’s settings),
- if the status code doesn’t indicate a problem, we are good
- if the status code is~400+ and 500+, then the site is not loading
- in order to make sure the site is down, Uptime Robot makes several more checks in the next 30 seconds,
- if the site is still down, it sends an alert.
Now you know how the uptime monitoring method works and what are the key features it provides to check your site availability.
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