Every website owner wants to run their webpages forever. That means that it should be up and running and that the owner should take it upon themselves to ensure that that would be the case.
As much as we want to do everything ourselves, some of the things that may contribute to website downtime may not befall on your hands but rather on your web hosting company’s.
You see, choosing the best web hosting provider is a must if you want to make sure that you will not suffer from any server issues (and if you are suffering from such, that the company is fast enough to resolve them).
Why You Should Ignore Your Hosting Company’s Uptime Guarantee
Now, it is customary for web hosting providers to say that they provide at least 99% service uptimes, while others will say 99.9%, 99.99%, or even a whopping 100% uptime guarantee. As enticing as they may seem, do not take heed.
You see, there is a huge difference between 99% and 99.99% service uptime. If you calculate your possible website downtime in a year, a 99% uptime guarantee may equate to 52.59 minutes of downtime a year, while 99.99% equates to just 52.59 minutes a year.
But more importantly, web hosting companies do not tell you the truth about their uptimes. What are they really referring to? Is it website uptime or network uptime? Bear in mind that the two are not the same as the former talks about your website being inaccessible and the latter speaks of their servers going down for maintenance or for any other reason.
Why it is Crucial to Track Website Uptime Yourself
As much as you want to give your complete trust to your hosting company, it would still be best that you take it upon yourself to track your website uptime yourself. Fortunately, there are handy tools that can help you with this.
You can use Pingdom or any other popular website monitoring services out there. I just choose Pingdom simply because it is very easy to use and you can use their service either for free or by paying a small price premium (which is worth it, in my opinion).
What these monitoring services do is that they ping your website at random or preset intervals to let you know if your website is up or down.
Basically, the tool will ping your website at, say, every 5 minutes and if it receives a pingback, then you will know that your website is still up and running.
In the event that it doesn’t receive anything back after making an HTTP request, the monitoring service will then alert you via email or other mediums immediately.
This can really help you get on top of things and restore your website as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that in the online world, time is money and every second counts. Always make sure that your website remains accessible at all times.