A Beginner’s Guide to Website Uptime Monitoring

The internet and websites have been around long enough now that there are not too many people who don’t understand the basics. Owning a website though can be completely different than just using one. The biggest thing website owners need to know about is website uptime and why it’s important.

Simply put, website uptime is the percentage of time a website is accessible by other people. Whether it 2 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon or 3 a.m. on Friday morning, it is important for a website to be available.

Outside companies, called web hosting providers, are responsible for keeping a website running. Website owners pay them a small fee, usually as part of a monthly or yearly contract, with many providers offering a guaranteed percentage of uptime. That percentage is usually 99.9 or 99.99 percent.

Why Uptime is Important

Think of when you’ve tried to use a website. If it doesn’t work, you are unable to get the information you went there looking for. It could be for news or weather, to play a game, to purchase an good or service, or to interact with other people. Whatever the reason is, if the website is down you were unable to do that.

Now if you are a website owner, you’ll want to make sure your customers are able to find what they want. Website visitors, in short, equal money. Each visitor provides value to you and your site, so they need to be able to access it. If your website goes down, so does your revenue stream, so there is a direct correlation between website uptime and revenue.

So uptime is very important no matter your website’s goal. Without a working site, you are invisible to the online world. Websites crash for a whole host of reasons, but most of them are problems that the web hosting provider should manage for you. That’s what you are paying them for.

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