As a website owner, your peers might have touched upon the topic of website uptime. What is it exactly? You might already have an idea, but it would be best that you know its clear definition.
Anyway, website uptime is a measure of how long your website is up and running for public viewing. In other words, it is the time (elapsed) that tells you how long your website is online and accessible to the public.
That being said, your choice of hosting provider can have a huge bearing on your website uptime, but there are also other factors that could potentially influence this as well. It is imperative, therefore, to choose only the best web hosting provider out there and nothing else.
What Happens When Your Website is Down?
When your website is down, that means that your users (as well as yourself) will not be able to access your website until any issue that may have caused it gets resolved.
Business owners or people who have popular websites should always make it a point to solve this problem because you could potentially be losing a lot of revenues as a result. I am not talking about mere thousands of dollars; I am talking about by the millions!
That being said, there are plenty of factors that could result in website downtime. The most obvious problem has something to do with your web host’s servers. You see, web servers may fail at any point and how quickly your host is able to resolve the issue is testament to how good their service is.
In addition, there are also other factors that might shut your website down for some time. A distributed denial of service or DDoS attack could bombard your web host’s servers which makes it impossible to handle the mammoth HTTP requests it will receive, therefore, having to shut down your website until the problem is fixed (or goes away).
Why Tracking Your Website Uptime is Important?
Tracking how long your website has been up and running gives you the assurance that you are getting some profits the entire time that your webpage is available.
That being said, tracking your website is actually easy and no, I am not talking about manually hitting the ‘Refresh’ button manually. I am talking about using actual tools and services that will help you with this.
How Do You Track Website Uptime?
You should be using server monitoring tools to help you track your website uptime. The most popular choice amongst website owners is Ping Monitor. This is a website service (paid or free) that pings your website at random (or set) intervals.
Basically, what this means is that your website will get an HTTP request at random times. If it handles the request and sends a pingback, the monitor will know that your website is still up. However, if that request is not handled, then your website is down and the service will then notify you about it.
Once you get notified, the sooner you (and your web host) can handle the problem, the better.