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Five Things Everyone With a Website Should Monitor

Jon Volks
Written By | @webproninja

Maintaining the health of a website is important to keeping your website up and running. It’s much similar to going to the doctors, find the issues early to prevent something worse in the future. Below are five things everyone with a website should monitor.

  1. Up Time Issues with servers happen. But not being aware of an issue or having to hear from it from a client is worse. Have a plan to monitor your website. First check to see if your hosting company offers this. If they don’t or you host your own server, then there are several services out there to help. Site24x7, Pingdom, and Uptrends are just a few.
  2. Page Load – The speed that your page loads is one of the first impressions you can make on a new customer. If it takes to long then they’ll take their business some place else. Tools like Pingdom, Google PageSpeed, and GTmetrix can help monitor the page load of your site.
  3. 404 Errors – We’ve all been there, walk into an aisle to grab something only to find the shelf empty. That same disappointment occurs when a user clicks on a page only to find a 404 error. If you need to delete a page, be sure to put a redirect on it to another page that has the new information. You can’t always be perfect, for that there are tools to help monitor 404 errors. Google Webmaster and Xenu.
  4. Forms – The forms on your site are important sales, leads, registrations, etc and when they don’t work, it can be literally loosing customers. Be sure to check all your forms on your site on a frequent basis. I suggest going through them once every two weeks depending on the frequency of the outside users filling it out.
  5. Programming Errors – Errors from a programming language can be just as bad as if your website was offline. The customer will loose faith in your website and think it’s inferior which they won’t want to give the site any personal details. Determine which programming languages that your site is using and research the different types of error handling. ColdFusion has some nice ways of e-mailing you whenever there is an error. PHP has error logs that can be left on the server to go through.

These are only five things that everyone with a website should monitor. There are many more, check back to this site in the future for more detailed posts about each of these and a more comprehensive guide.

About The Author

Jonathan Volks is currently a Web Programmer at Skidmore College in Upstate New York. He enjoys everything about the Internet; from Search Engine Optimization to Web Programming. His hobbies include landscape photography and hiking the Adirondacks.

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