Monitoring your website should be easy and quick to set up. Follow the process below and get started in less than 5 minutes!
Learn the internetVista basics:
Step 1: Define your media
Estimated reading time: 1 minute 4 seconds
What is a media?
A media is basically the way you want to be alerted when an error or an outage is detected within your website. When you signed-up for a free trial, the first media defined is the email address.
If you don't have an account yet, you can always grab your free trial.
How can I be alerted?
During your trial, there is no limit to the amount of medias that you can use. You'll find below the full list of medias available:
How to add a new media?
It's quite simple, just hover over the "Media tab" and hit "new media". From there, choose the channels via which you want to be alerted.
Media > New media > email/SMS/Slack/Webhook
The email media allows you to:
- Set how often you want to receive your performance reports
- Include a PDF report
- Get the traceroute when an incident is detected
If you share your account with a colleague who speaks another language to you, you can change it there. The timezone can also be adjusted in this section.
To receive your alerts via slack, please follow the process below:
Your monitoring everywhere you go:
Step 2: Monitor your first application
Estimated reading time: 1 minute 40 seconds
What is an application?
An application is an element that you'd like to monitor. It could be an URL, a server or even a database. If you want to monitor your website for instance, the application would be an URL in this case (HTTP or HTTPS).
How to monitor my website?
Let's say that you're in charge of Amazon's website. You want to make sure that the users always have access to the website and don't have any trouble making purchases on your site.
The first thing to monitor is the homepage because this is where 90% of your traffic comes from.
Here are the steps you need to take:
1. Add an application
Is your website in HTTP or HTTPS?
If your website is in HTTP, please choose the tab accordingly. In our case, Amazon's homepage is secured (in HTTPS).
Applications > New application > Websites > Websites
2. Name your application
Put a name on your application (Alias), copy-paste your website URL and choose the frequency. During your trial, you can check it every 5 to 60 minutes.
Don't know what to monitor?
Always monitor the most important elements on your website. You could take the pages that generate the most traffic or even the ones with the most conversions.
For an e-commerce website like Amazon, I'd probably monitor my top product pages (books, stores, DVDs, CDs, Smartphone) and the login page as shown here below.
If you hold your website/blog in wordpress, make sure you download the internetVista plugin.
Web Forms Monitoring:
Simulate and check if your contact or online forms are working properly.
Web Scenario - Transaction Monitoring:
Monitor the user experience by simulating a multi-steps interaction on your website from a visitor point of view. Ex: User lands on the homepage, click on a product, add to cart and check out.
Step 3: Analyze the performance reports
Estimated reading time: 1 minute 45 seconds
We live in a digital era where consumers are more and more impatient and hate waiting. If you sell online, you know that timing is everything.
internetVista allows you to check and analyze your website performance.
So, is your website fast and reliable? Let's find out!
- What KPIs should I look at?
- Where can I find the performance reports?
- How can I find the reports for a specific application?
- Performance Report Analysis in the spotlight
- How can I export the report?
What KPIs should I look at?
For your website reliability:
You should check the uptime rate. The higher your rate, the better. An uptime of 100% would be ideal but we know that it is a very difficult goal to achieve. Ideally you should be above 99.8% per month.
For the User Experience:
While uptime is critical, you also want to provide the best online experience to your users. To do that, you need to look at the response time indicator and discover how fast your website is loading.
The ideal spot to website load time is 0.200 seconds but being under 0.500 seconds is still a very good performance.
|Response Time Performance index|
|500 Milliseconds - Fast|
|501 to 1500 Milliseconds - Improvement needed|
|1501 to 3000 Milliseconds - Slow|
|> 3000 Milliseconds - Very slow|
Where can I find the performance reports?
How can I find the reports for a specific application?
Performance Report Analysis in the spotlight
Do your users always have access to your website?
That's basically the answer you get from the uptime rate, it tells you how reliable your website is.
How fast is your website?
The response time indicator shows how much time your website takes to display the content.
How many outages did your website face?
internetVista lets you know the amount and the types of errors detected.
Discover when downtime happened and how it affected your website in terms of uptime.
To visualize a sample report, click here.
Reports > specific applications > availability reports
How can I export the report?
On the report tab, click on export. You can export in CSV, XML, PDF or RSS format.
Step 4: Manage your users
Estimated reading time: 45 seconds
Improve the incidents communication by adding new users to your monitoring account. From this screen you can add, edit and manage the user privileges.
Account > Users > Add user
Make sure you check the resources below:
- Analyze your server's response time - internetVista
- Speed ranking methodology - Yslow
- Page speed rules and recommendations - Google
Feel free to shoot us an email, the internetVista team will be thrilled to help you out!