Are You Monitoring Your Web Applications? You Should Be!
February 8, 2014 marketing_wqq40vb8 0
Browser-based elements are a huge part of many web pages. Whether it’s a map of the 50 states, a video depicting your products it’s important to make sure that all elements of a webpage are up and functioning in order for all visitors to see what you need. While it’s possible to wait until a visitor emails you about a problem, it’s a much smarter option to monitor your browser-based elements, and really the entire page, so that you get immediate notification if your webpage breaks.
Monitoring interfaces, such as those provided by various third-party vendors can be thought of like home security monitoring. Whether you’re at home or away, there is a service which is constantly watching your property to make sure there’s nothing out of the ordinary. As soon as something happens the service notifies you and lets you know there’s an anomaly; open door, broken window, or something like that. That’s essentially how website monitoring services work; they watch your website to make sure that all of your browser-based elements are up and running so that customers can see your website in just the way you meant for them to see it. There are a number of companies that do a good job with external monitoring solutions including Dotcom Monitor and Compuware.
Additional Benefits of Monitoring
Because these services are constantly monitoring the traffic that comes to your website, there are important insights that can be offered as well. A good website monitoring service can tell you how many people visit your site on a given day, what the site looks like when individuals visit, and it can track location as well as time spent on your site. This information, when taken as a whole, can help a website owner alter the content, and change the displays, to make a bigger impact and to get more repeat visitors. Also, with a website monitoring service taking a constant count of what’s happening, the effects of changes can also be seen after they’re implemented.
Do You Really Need to Monitor Your Site?
In the strictest sense of the term, no, someone doesn’t need a website monitoring service in order to run a website. However, it is a good investment. A good website monitoring service provides insights that are hard to find anywhere else, and it lets the owner know immediately when the website is down. Websites break, and that’s an unfortunate truth of being on the Internet. However, it’s important to be aware of when a site breaks as soon as possible so that it can be put back in order and back online. Time is money, and the longer a website is offline, or has page elements which won’t load, the more turned off the viewing public is going to become.
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Here’s a great video from Steve Souders, one of the most notable web performance gurus talking about the future of performance, and where’ it’s headed.
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