Web Monitoring Tools

Web Monitoring

Web Monitoring Tools is a term that can cover all activities that involve testing in web sites or web services for availability, performance or function. Website Monitoring Service checks and verifies that the site is active and site visitors can use the site as expected.

The term "Website Monitoring" refers to any activity that checks the availability, performance and function of web sites or web services. Usually, this term refers to automated testing or Real User Monitoring (RUM), but some sites still do not test at all or rely on periodic checks performed by employees. Manual testing is sporadic and unreliable when considering the number of variables that affect site availability, performance, and function. This article discusses Synthetic Monitoring.

How does Website Monitoring Work?

Automatic Website Monitoring uses a computer network located near the site's end user. This computer checkpoint network interacts with a website or service to verify that the service is functioning as expected. The monitoring system designates checkpoints to test locations, and checkpoints can go through several steps to carry out testing. Checkpoint:

  • Start a connection with a website or service
  • Check returns for response codes. For basic availability, the checkpoint reports the results and considers the test complete, but for further monitoring the checkpoint continues.
  • Check returns for specified content
  • Load content into a real browser (Real Browser Monitoring)
  • Record loading times for each page element when loading in the browser (performance monitoring)
  • Try to enter, do a search, use a shopping cart, even complete purchases (monitoring web applications)
  • Report their findings back to monitoring services
  • If the results include errors or slow response times, the service can start checking again from different checkpoints to verify ongoing errors before alerting the website support team.
Monitoring can also use data originating from actual website users or services. Known as Real User Monitoring (RUM), script files, agents, cookies, or server-side code track the performance of a website because every site visitor accesses the site. RUM provides real user insights, but RUM relies on user interaction with websites to get data that makes it a method that cannot be used to track active time.

What Kind of Website Monitoring is There?

Website Monitoring involves testing websites for availability, performance, and functionality and reminding support staff when the page does not function as expected. Usually, the type of monitor will fall into one of the categories mentioned before, even though a more advanced monitor can cover all three Web Monitoring Tools.

Availability Monitoring

Availability is about active time, or in other words, ensuring that the website or service is always accessible and to a certain extent functioning. Availability can involve web services, domains and pages. The Basic website and API monitoring - This basic monitor checks for successful responses or special responses from websites and APIs that support protocols in HTTP, and they can perform basic authentication.

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Basic availability monitors can also measure the time and size of the response as well as warnings of problems for slow response times. The HTTP (S) monitor does not load content into the browser, but monitoring services can check responses for the presence or absence of specified regular expressions, phrases or expressions.

Server availability - As long as the server or device recognizes the TCP / IP protocol, monitoring services can verify the availability of the device and the selected port. Monitoring services can check availability as often as once per minute preventing expensive downtime and losing productivity through the web or behind a firewall. Advanced Availability - This special automatic monitor verifies DNS records, checks the correct configuration of SSL certificates, query databases, enters email servers, and downloads files from FTP servers.

Performance Monitoring

Performance monitoring checks the speed of a website or service. The performance monitor tracks the time for connection speeds (frontend and backend) and browser load time. Performance monitors can use Synthetic or RUM Monitoring Technology. RUM and Complete Page Checking provide the most comprehensive performance data collection. Full Page Check provides detailed performance data for each element on the page. Performance warnings Monitor warnings for page errors, missing content, and slow performance.

Functionality Monitoring

Web Monitor applications or transaction monitors test site functionality. This particular monitor uses script files that interact with forms, site searches, shopping baskets, and payment systems. Monitor transactions interact with web applications in the same way as regular visitors, and they usually verify predictable "happy paths" to complete tasks. If an error occurs or the performance drops, the system issues a warning to the support staff. Many different errors can block users from using web applications that cannot be captured by availability and performance monitors with Web Monitoring Tools.

External or Internal Web Monitoring

If monitoring occurs from inside or outside the firewall is a good question, and there are good arguments for both options. Internal monitoring makes sense, such as corporate Ethernet, but also means that services in monitoring are in the same environment that requires monitoring. If blackouts occur, blackouts can affect internal monitoring, and problems can be undetected until the end user starts complaining.

External monitoring or third party monitoring can eliminate the point of failure that occurs with internal monitoring and support for the team in the event of a blackout.. Another argument for external monitoring is due to local problems. Some websites that face the public can experience problems that only affect some users in certain geographical locations. Many errors such as DNS search errors and poor performance can only affect multiple users. Testing using checkpoints located near the user can detect localized errors and slow performance with Web Monitoring Tools.