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Importance of Website Monitoring

Getting your website monitored properly is vitally important if you want to reap the biggest benefits and it is actually easier than ever to do this for your own site. All you need to get started is a website monitoring service and you’d be surprised at what a difference it can make to your own site. Why don’t you take a look below to see what benefits it can offer you as well as some information as to how it could help your site.

False Positives

Sometimes you may get an alert that there is something wrong with your site. Of course, this can be very annoying and frustrating when it turns out that it is just a false positive, but when you hire a reputable company for the job, you don’t need to worry about this at all. When you do get an alert, your monitoring service will go into an advanced checking process which means that you won’t experience any downtime.

Domain Monitoring

Another reason why website monitoring is important is that you can see the date that your domain expires as well as the lock status. This means that you will never miss out on renewing your domain and it also means that you are sent an alert when your domain is about to expire.

Security and Updates

Another major benefit of website monitoring is the added security that you get. Many monitoring services will also include virus and malware scanning and this is priceless when you think about all the customer data that you may have stored on there or spam that can be avoided. Regularly monitoring for (and applying) updates is also extremely valuable (part of our Webmaster service) and you will also find that this helps to minimise downtime as well because you don’t need to worry about old or insecure plugins being exploited or causing server issues. Contact your website monitoring provider today to find out more.

For more information about how we can help monitor your website for uptime, security and malware please get in touch.

Speed Up WordPress | Google’s Battle on Slow Websites

The time it takes for your website to load can be very important, if a website takes more than a couple seconds to load then customers will get frustrated navigating the website and if it creeps over three seconds users will leave the site entirely. We live in a world where people expect things instantly.

This loss in conversions is magnified when visitors currently on your site tell friends and colleagues as well.

How can I test this?

It’s not always easy to test the speed of a website yourself, it could be slow because Dave is streaming Netflix, or because there is work going on by your internet company.

A good test is to use a website such as http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/ which will independently test the website from your preferred location.

A Case Study from Google

Google did an interesting experiment with regard to load times. Google Vice President Marissa Mayer asked web surfers – would you rather see 10 or 30 results for your Google search? The users agreed that 30 results per page sounded like a good idea. So Google implemented it on some results pages.

Then the shock came.

Pages that displayed 30 results each had traffic to them drop an astounding 20%. Google tested the loading difference between the 10 and 30 results pages and found that it was just half of a second. If half of a second made that much of a difference in how long users were willing to wait, how much of a difference could it make to your site if you carved a second or two off of load time?

For this reason, Google also rates the speed of your website against its SEO ranking, with quicker websites more likely to snatch the top spots.

How do I speed up WordPress?

There are many techniques you can employ to speed up WordPress and make your website load faster.

Techniques range from installing and configuring caching plugins to optimising individual images so that they are compressed and a reasonable size for the website. You can also go into the core files of the website and server to force compression and increase the level of local caching (how long and what files a computer will ‘remember’ so that it doesn’t have to re-download it next time).

Spotlight Speed

We use clean, fast workflows with speed in mind, compressing data where possible and minimising the number of requests. We also have a Lighting Speed Package available to vastly increase the loading time of your website.

For more information about how we can speed up your new or existing website please get in touch.

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