If you're a website owner, system admin or even project manager, then you're going to want to ensure that your website is either generating enough leads and/o bringing in enough revenue to support your monthly outgoings right?
This is where IP monitoring comes in, you see, whilst you might be able to access your website on your computer or phone, some of your customers might not, and it's just the nature of how networks work and how your server might be configured.
IP monitoring is identical to ping monitoring (which we've covered before) except the difference is this...
Monitoring your IP rather than choosing a Ping type of monitor can show you additional details about your IP such as server details related to the IP.
In this article, I'm going to tell you why you should be monitoring your IP today...
Every website on the internet lives on a server, a physical machine somewhere in the world, that machine has an IP (Internet Protocol) associated with it. Every device on the network has an IP address
IP addresses have two primary functions, they are:
These functions are going to seem quite complicated if you've never worked on networks before, and for the end user, the customer of your website, they're not going to even see your IP address.
You see, your website's domain name is what your website users are going to see, and the domain name links through to your server.
There's several ways to find your IP address, it'll depend on what operating system you're on, but since we're talking about IP monitoring, I'm going to assume that you want to find your server's IP address?
Typically, servers will be running some kind of operating software which is based on Linux, meaning you'll be able to run Linux commands on these servers, here's just how to get your IP address on a Linux based server...
Alternatively, we've put together a tool that'll allow you to find your website's IP address for free, check it out!
Unlike Ping Monitoring which pings your IP address or website domain name to ensure that the website is up, IP monitoring extends beyond that...
It's a tool that will check your IP's records and will alert you of any changes that occur in a few specific areas.
This is extremely useful when you're tweaking networks, configuring servers and in general, just looking to improve the experience for your customers on your website as you try to optimise things such as your website's performance.
You see, whilst your customers might not be able to directly see your IP address, unless you've got a server and networking set up that optimises performance across the globe, there's a chance that for your users
Here's what an IP monitor can actually do for you...
You might be wondering why I've got an article covering IP monitoring and another covering Ping monitoring?
Since inside of our domain monitor's dashboard when adding a new monitor there's an option to choose a Ping monitor...
It's a completely valid question to ask, if you've got an API, then ping monitoring is likely going to be a good option for you alongside, how's an API got anything to do with your server's IP?
Well, APIs fuel the web, so if your API can't be accessed from around the world, then even though your website might be working just fine, we might not be able to reach your API, and this is obviously on a server with an IP address, so we can make sure it's up!
When it comes to monitoring your IP, it's important because there's a chance that the details linked to your domain name could affect your IP, so an IP monitor is a great tool that will simply log information and alert you of any changes so that you can take action.
Nobody wants to have their systems go down right?
And you don't either, in fact, website downtime is such an important subject and costs a lot of money that we wrote some articles on exactly how much downtime costs.
You'll be shocked.
You can start monitoring your IP with a monitoring tool such as the one from Domain Tools.
Hopefully with the information I've covered in this article, you'll be geared up for monitoring your IP straight away!
Really, you should be looking at monitoring more than just your IP though, using other monitors such as the website one and ping monitoring since these will also directly affect your customers.
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