Are you stuck trying to figure out whether your website is up or down all of the time? Or maybe you're stressed out because you keep thinking your website is going to go down.
This is a common problem for website owners, and we're included within that. It's one of the reasons I created the domain monitoring tool.
In this article, I'm going to tell you the reasons why you need to start using a website down checker today.
Ready? Let's dive right in...
A website down checker is a tool which will constantly check to see whether your website is up or down. Put simply, these tools figure out whether people will be able to visit your website or not.
No one likes seeing error messages when trying to access a website, and your site's customers will get frustrated if they try to visit your website and are unable to do so.
As a website owner, it's your responsibility to ensure that your site remains up for your customers at all times, and as often as possible.
Put simply, checking whether your website is up or down is a time consuming task, and whilst your website might be up for you, it might not be up for everyone.
This is why, most website down checkers will check your website from various locations around the world to see whether it's truly down, or not.
As a business owner, and website owner you haven't got the time to be constantly checking on your site's developer to ensure that the changes they made haven't affected the availability of your website.
They haven't got the time to keep checking either. Your developers will be busy working on projects, writing code and shipping new features to your website for you.
This is why you absolutely must have one of these tools.
You could, but how do you know it's actually down, maybe there's just something wrong with your internet connection?
Another reason why you don't want to be checking your website yourself is this...
Do you have Google Analytics on your site? If your site isn't down, then you're going to potentially be inflating the number of visitors on your site without even knowing.
Here's our reasons why you need to use one of these tools:
Okay, so a DDoS attack isn't something to be taken lightly, what is a DDoS attack? It's an attempt to prevent people from accessing your site by overwhelming your site's server, slowing it down and ultimately stopping legitimate people from accessing your site.
If you're using a site checker tool, it'll alert you as soon as your site goes down, and will alert you again when your site comes back up.
If you're not using a monitoring tool here, you aren't going to know and could be putting your customers at a potential risk.
Time is money, and for every minute your site is down is another minute that you might've been able to make a sale in or generated a new lead.
Your customer of your website or blog could be about to return to your site to make another purchase only to find that they're unable to do so.
And you didn't notice that your site had gone down, so now you've been left in the dark for hours not knowing.
Believe it or not, most website checker tools are FREE, and even if there is a paid plan there's typically a free plan to go along side the paid ones, and for basic website checking it's likely not worth upgrading, unless you need to be notified of your site going down as soon as it happens of course.
We've recently written an article on how to increase the amount of SEO organic search traffic to your site, so I'd recommend reading that blog post as well, I essentially explain how to increase the amount of search traffic you're getting.
Why is this a reason to use a website monitoring/checker tool though?
Well, remember those blog articles you've been writing and have just started to generate impressions in the search engine?
Well, they're now starting to generate clicks through to your site, and what happens if your site is down?
You guessed it!
No one will be able to click through to your website.
Ask yourself this, whilst you've been reading this blog article, has your website been up?
Chances are that you're reading this blog post because you care about your website availability to your users and want to give them the best experience possible.
That's why I'm going to tell you exactly what to do next to ensure that you're notified before your site goes down next...
If you don't already have an account with our domain monitor, create one. You'll want to create an account with an email address that you use regularly and one that you remember how to access.
It's easy to do this, head to our account creation page to create your free account.
After you've signed up and verified your email address, you can add your website to our domain monitor by going to the monitors page and adding a new monitor.
You'll want to use the HTTP monitor as this will allow you to type in your website domain name, then add the monitor and we'll let you know when it goes down.
It's a good idea since I'm telling you about checking if your website goes down, to actually add your domain to the domains section.
Because unlike our website monitoring tool, the domains section will allow you to keep a check on the expiry date of your domain. Another reason why your website goes down right, is if your domain expires.
And you certainly don't want your domain to expire, because it'll take some time for your website to come back up when you renew your domain name.
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