Over time, the number of tools used to manage a businesses IT infrastructure can grow into an unwieldy set of utilities, programs and services with an unmanageable list of quality and performance reports. Because of this, many small and medium businesses are looking for a simple all-in-one solution to fit their needs. The Dotcom-Monitor suite of monitoring tools is a great one stop shop for just such IT teams. Here are just a few of the many things you can do with Dotcom-Monitor:
- Monitor the status of websites with Uptime and Downtime alerts via email, sms text message and phone calls
- Monitor the performance of websites including
- Page Load Speed
- Web Transaction Monitoring (secure site login, shopping cart responsiveness etc…)
- Create escalation chains to alert different levels of support when website slowdowns or outages are identified
- Track performance of websites in over 40 different browser configurations:
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
- Android Devices
- Blackberry Devices
- Windows 8 IEMobile
- Rich Internet Application interaction (Flash, Flex, AJAX, Silverlight, html5 etc…)
- Quickly and easily record point and click scripts to simulate real users interacting with a website
- Monitor Web Applications such as SaaS systems
Here we present in (mostly) chronological order, the 10 biggest website outages of 2014. (If you think we forgot any, let us know!)
Leading off the top 10 website outages of 2014: Way back in January, Dropbox- a file sharing website used by over 300 million people started the year out with an outage on January 10th. Supposedly their IT support team was able to rectify the issue within 3 hours, but access to the system was unreliable well into the following weekend. A few months later, Dropbox went down again for about an hour in March. No explanation was ever given for the cause of this outage.
Google Down for Maintenance
Google experienced several outages in 2014. First, in January, a software bug apparently caused a glitch but they were able to catch it quickly and Gmail, Google Docs and Google plus were down for about 30 minutes. Next, in mid march, Google experienced a second outage, this time the services that went down included Google Voice and portions of Google Drive. This outage was also attributed to a maintenance issue. Finally, on October 14th, Google Drive was unavailable for several hours. Read more…
Dotcom-Monitor has added a number of additional mobile devices to our mobile browser monitoring platform. The updated list of devices includes:
||Google Nexus 4
||Google Nexus 5
||HTC One X
||Google Nexus S
|iPhone 6 plus
||Google Nexus 7
|iPod Touch 4
||Google Nexus 7 2
||Motorola Droid 3
|iPod Touch 5
||Google Nexus 10
||Samsung Galaxy Note
||Sony Xperia S
||Samsung Galaxy Note 2
||Sony Xperia Z
||Samsung Galaxy Note 3
||Amazon Kindle Fire
||Samsung Galaxy S
||Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7
||Samsung Galaxy S3
||Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8
||Samsung Galaxy S4
||Nokia Lumia 8XX
||Samsung Galaxy Tab
||Samsung Galaxy Tab 10
The system emulates these devices in the same way that Google Chrome developer tools emulates each device. To view this, open a web page in chrome, and press the f12 key or click the settings menu, more tools, developer tools. Once the elements tab has loaded at the bottom of your browser, click the phone icon on the left side of the elements panel to view the page on different mobile devices.
The best way to find out, is to ask google at: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/.
So why do you want to know if your website is mobile friendly? Most likely it is because you have heard about the recent announcement from google over at google webmaster central. It turns out that beginning on April 21st, google is going to be updating their algorithm to significantly increase the weight of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. That’s right, they said significantly! So, it looks like we’ve got a little under 2 months to get our websites caught up to the mobile-friendly way of the future!
What else do I need to know about a mobile optimized website?
Now that you know whether your website is mobile friendly, there is a followup question you should also be asking yourself- how well does my website perform in a mobile browser? to answer that question you should go to our mobile website speed test tool, and click the safari icon to chose a version of the mobile device you wish to run the test on. After all, it doesn’t help much if your website is mobile-friendly but it takes too long to load. We all know that users are going to high tail it out of your site and find someone that loads faster.
The EveryStep Scripting Tool by Dotcom-Monitor is a powerful macro that records scripts to perform automated monitoring of your websites’ performance. There are many advanced features in the EveryStep Scripting Tool to help customize the script to trigger notifications based upon specific needs, such as recording the time between actions. The Script Watcher is an advanced feature available when editing a script that you have already recorded.