As business owners and bloggers, it’s imperative that our sites are functional and visible 100% of the time. Even the smallest amount of downtime or inaccessibility to our websites can hinder our sales and potentially new readers.

Don’t Let It Happen To You

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know that there are good and bad web hosts. I swear by SiteGround {afflink} because, in 3 years, I’ve had only 10 minutes downtime on one of my sites. That is a Miracle in my book!

Not too long ago I was approached by Bluehost to become an Affiliate. You know, an Affiliate refers a product and is compensated when someone purchases the product or service. The Affiliate referral fee is larger than any other I’ve known. However, being a Bluehost previous customer, I was skeptical. They allowed me to have a demo site on a shared server. I gladly accepted and began my trial.

I created a new website and starting publishing content. The true test of a website, for me, is making sure my clients can reach my website 24/7 without any complications. A few months into my trial, I deleted the website and do not refer my clients to Bluehost.

Why?

Because there was too much downtime in the few months I used the shared service. 15 minutes at a time was the minimal downtime. However, it went up to a few hours. This is something I find unacceptable and couldn’t possibly recommend to my clients or friends.

How Did I Find Out About the Downtime?

I’m sure you’ve published links on social media only to have someone tell you they are getting an error upon clicking the link. Sometimes this is caused by your web server is down. Thankfully, there are tools available to let us know when our websites are malfunctioning or experiencing downtime!

How embarrassing to have a potential client tell you “I tried to contact you through your website but unfortunately, I cannot access it.”

Oh, the shame!

Don’t Let It Happen To You

There are some web hosts that will let you know when there is downtime. SiteGround is fabulous for letting you know every detail about you service with them. As a matter of fact, their Customer/Technical Support is fabulous at helping you resolve any issues with your site or backend.

But if you’re like me, you want another way to know what’s going on with your site.

Welcome in Jetpack Monitor!

Now before you jump on the bandwagon about Jetpack slowing down your site, let me say this. I’ve been using Jetpack for 6 years now and not once has it slowed my site. Yes, there are other plugins that may cause it but for me, Jetpack has never been the culprit.

So, Let’s Look at Monitor

Jetpack ‹ Virtual Bren — WordPress

Jetpack Monitor babysits your website. It scans your website every 5 minutes. If it encounters anything out of the ordinary, it will send you an email notification to alert you of the situation.

Coolness, right?

There are times you may receive and alert of downtime but your site could be running slow. If you’re on a shared web server, maybe some other site is hogging the bandwidth causing yours to crawl.

Other times it could be your web host blocking the monitoring agent. Don’t let this happen! Contact your hosts and have the enable the Monitoring ability through Jetpack.

How Does it Work?

Jetpack Monitor - Email Notifications Monitor — Jetpack for WordPress

Jetpack Monitor sends a ping to your website every 5 minutes.

  • IF the response code is 400 or more,
  • Or IF Jetpack notices 3 300-series redirects (suggesting a redirect loop),
  • Or IF your site fails to respond within 20 seconds

Jetpack will mark your website as down and notify you immediately!

Jetpack Monitor Saved Me

Thanks to this tool, along with my great web host, SiteGround, I was saved from making a costly mistake. That mistake would have been referring my clients, who I respect, to a web hosting services that would not meet my 99.999% uptime rule.

I’m forever grateful for the Jetpack Monitoring and use it on all my sites and my client’s sites.

Now, what are you going to do to ensure your website’s uptime?

  1. Be sure you are hosting with a reputable web host service like SiteGround.
  2. If you can afford it, get away from shared hosting and get a VPS or your own server.
  3. Make sure you have a Monitoring program in place for your site.
  4. Install Jetpack and use the FREE Monitoring service.
  5. If you continue to be alerted of downtime, maybe, just maybe it’s time to seek out a new web host. I only recommend the best and that’s SiteGround {afflink}.
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Over to You

What measures do you have in place for monitoring your website?

 

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How Do You Know When Your Website Goes Down? 
As business owners and bloggers, it's imperative that our sites are functional and visible 100% of the time. Even the smallest amount of downtime or inaccessibility to our websites can hinder our sales and potentially new readers.

Don't Let It Happen To You