Network Solutions Name Servers Currently Experiencing DNS Resolution Issues

Dotcom-Monitor has detected that some customers of Network Solutions using name servers such as NS46.WORLDNIC.COM and NS53.WORLDNIC.COM are experiencing intermittent issues.  Occasionally resolution attempts to the servers return improper results by pointing multiple unrelated websites to 141.8.225.31.  To see if this affects your site you can look for this result using the free DNS trace on www.dotcom-tools.com as well as in a…

Is Your Website Mobile Friendly? The Mobile Speed Test

So why do you want to know if your website is mobile friendly? Most likely it is because you have heard about last year’s announcement from google over at google webmaster central. It turns out that Google has updated their algorithm to significantly increase the weight of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. That’s right, significantly! So, optimizing your site for mobile is the way of the future!

The Rise & Rise of Web Application Monitoring Tools (& their benefits)

As organizations further embrace the cloud paradigm and deploy more applications to the cloud in 2013, web application monitoring tools need to continue to evolve to serve a growing and more demanding marketplace. Moreover, the metamorphosis of web applications into a complex hybrid of web and on-premise is expected to accelerate in 2013.

As industry reliance on web applications grows, the need for cost-effective solutions that ensure web operations, and protect online company reputations and revenue streams grows with it. Web monitoring tools, which constantly survey web applications for availability issues, performance bottlenecks and maintenance alerts, have emerged as the most cost-effective solution.

5 Things Your Boss Needs to Know About Your Website

You may think the answers are obvious, and the most obvious questions include:

  • How many people are hitting our website?
  • How many site visitors are converting?
  • Is the blog drawing traffic?
  • Which pages are receiving the most traffic?

These are not necessarily the most important metrics about your website, and all of these questions can easily be measured using analytic tracking tools such as Google Analytics.

Huge UltraDNS Outage takes down Netflix, Rackspace & Expedia!

 

Can your Customers Reach Your Website?

You may have been aware that a large DNS provider, Neustar UltraDNS experienced an extended outage on Thursday 10/16/2015 which caused many of the largest websites in the world to be unavailable for over an hour and a half.

Recent large scale internet outages affecting many of the top websites around the world raise many questions about who can access your websites at any given time.  If an event like what happened Thursday can take down sites like Netflix and Expedia, as well as hosting providers like Rackspace, how can you be certain that everyone that wants to access your site from different locations around the world is able to do so?

The End of Flash:  The RIA Revolution

(Don’t worry, we are talking about the interactive media technology by Adobe, not the superhero “The Flash” or “Flash Gordon”)

Everyone has interacted with Flash on the internet in one form or other, from the dawn of Youtube videos to memories of arcade-like video
games, or digital greetings cards with dancing elves.  Most people probably didn’t even give a second thought as to how the media was delivered. At it’s peak, Flash was installed on over 95% of all computers, and was the interactive media delivery method of choice.  Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) have evolved from gimmicky games to full blown web based SaaS (Software as a Service) applications and advertisement delivery platforms.

Alas, Flash will soon be no more- at least that is what the major players on the internet are saying.  From business apps used to design porches, decks and patios, to educational games teaching children to read and count, and even jumpstarting the successful #1 video platform in the world- Youtube, – Flash has been at the core of our interactive web-based experiences for the better part of the last 15 years.

But, with all of the security flaws, mobile performance issues, and proprietary software and installation requirements, it seems Flash has reached the end of practical usefulness.  As Steve Jobs put it when addressing Apple’s decision not to allow flash on Apple products- “… the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.”