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I would recommend http://www.pingdom.com. You can use pindom to monitor HTTP, and various other services, you can get it to send you alerts by email, text, even DM you on Twitter. You can also choose the level of the checks every 10 minutes 5 mintutes etc. They will can also give you a report which you can link to on your website, which would give you an ...


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we use Pingdom, there is a Free plan, it checks your site every 5 minutes, but you can check only one site, url : http://www.pingdom.com/ With BasicState you can check unlimited number of sites and check frequency is 15 minutes, url : http://basicstate.com/ Update: There is another great site: http://www.monitor.us/free-IT-system-monitoring


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I use UptimeRobot and have been very pleased. It's pretty basic monitoring (does an URL that you specify respond with 200OK and in a reasonable amount of time?), but it's free, and they offer alerts via email, SMS (via email gateways, which are sometimes delayed), and Twitter. I recently had an outage while I happened to be using the server, and I was ...


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Tracking offline conversion is tricky, but here are some potential strategies to measure the effect of an online ad on physical store sales: Build a discount voucher system Create a coupon code system to track the source of sales. This could be a simple offer code that visitors quote at the physical checkout, or a voucher to print. Here's a system to ...


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Similar to TV commercials that say "Ask for agent 347" or "use promo code 219" you can ad something to your Advert that helps indicate which placement/location was the source for your lead. If you combine this with Google Analytics (or similar) you can see where users are coming in from. The only trick with this is that at large scale the accuracy drops. ...


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You can use Google Analytic's Campaign Tracking for that banner ad which will allow you to get specific information about users who click on that ad. It can't tell you who is actually buying anything since the sales occur offline but if they do eventually sell goods online that can be tracked as well.


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Check out http://www.webpagetest.org/. You can run tests against your site from a remote server and it will tell you how long any page took to load and how long each component took to load. The site uses multiple servers around the world so you will be able to check if you have speed differences due to location. This is still in the VERY early stages ...


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We've been using this, Monitor Hacked Files, which is a PHP script that you install on the server. It notifies you if there are any changes to your site -- sending an email with a list of changed files. This at least tells you where to look. Definitely better than Google or clients finding out before you do!


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Check into UptimeRobot http://www.uptimerobot.com It's free, offers HTTP and ping monitoring every 5 minutes with email, text and RSS notifications. To my soon to be former webhost's chagrin, it's very reliable with uptime monitoring logs and past event tracking.


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We use a service like that from serviceuptime.com. Its been working well enough for us not to change. We do occasionally have issues with getting it to send out SMS alerts reliably and promptly. We had something internal we hacked together before we used this outfit. One day the power went down and the generators at the hosting company failed and then the ...


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Sucuri offers a monitoring system which will notify you via e-mail when a page is changed. It also has specific notices for malware infections that are being run through a website. They can also monitor DNS records, WHOIS information, and SSL certificates in relation to your domain and website. Their bare-bones basic service is free and their paid ...


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http://aremysitesup.com/ offers a free plan with 15 minute interval checking, or a paid plan (from $5.42/month) for 5 minute interval checking. If you're just monitoring one site, pingdom's free account offers 1-minute interval checking -- you just need to login once every 90 days to keep it alive: https://www.pingdom.com/signup/free/ (If you're monitoring ...


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You could always do it manually. Just save the current time in your boostrap and then log the difference at the end of page output. From there, you'll be able to plot live graphs to visualize the performance of pages you're interested in. Or if you want an online service, here's a free one I just found called mon.itor.us. Offsite solutions like this will ...


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mon.itor.us and SiteUptime have free/ad-supported plans. Check are only at 30-minute intervals however. They both have plan upgrades which measure at 5 minute intervals and are cheaper than Pingdom, so you might find a reasonable cost/benefit trade-off.


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You could set up a Google Alert to search your site for probable junk. For example, you might have the alert search for "viagra site:example.com". Google alerts will email you if it ever finds the target of your search.


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A few simple options to automate malware scanning of multiple sites: Use a paid automated malware scanning service such as Securi, 6Scan or SiteLock. You might want to encourage your client to sign up with these services, or offer it as part of a monthly maintenance contract. Use a free plugin for your content management system, such as Wordfence for ...


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I like the idea of using hash sums to check for changes in files. I don't like that the one you link to is installed on the server itself. If the server is hacked, that file is likely to be modified too. I would use a command like this to ssh into each remote server and checksum all the important files in the web directory. ssh mywebsite.example.com ...


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I know two good German tools: OnPage.org and strucr.com Both crawl your website regulary and show reports. OnPage.org is probably better for smaller sites, but have nicer reports. Strucr is good for big websites with many pages, but the reports are a IMHO bit more complicated. Monitoring your SEO keywords in the SERPs only will show changes too late as ...


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Check out Cloudkick. It was recently acquired by Rackspace and has since then made some services free. Now that external checks are free & unlimited for all plans, you can sign up for a developer account and use Ping, HTTP, HTTPS, DNS, TCP, and SSH checks on as many servers as you want, completely free of charge. See ...


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A 301 redirect should not normally cause pingdom any problems. If it encounters a redirect this should just appear as an additional step in its report. #maybe this is causing issues to pingdom.com RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^mydomain.com$ RewriteRule ^/?$ "http\:\/\/www\.mydomain\.com\/" [R=301,L] However, it looks like there is a problem with your ...


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I would highly recommend investing time into PhantomJS or CasperJS. They are browser simulations that interact with HTTP and DOM level JS. We use it at Top Hat to test our app and it's a very heavy JS client. PhantomJS isn't for the feint of heart as getting it to work exactly like you want it to can be challenging however, it's worth the time. Good ...


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Just view the site. All you're doing is confirming that the ads are showing up. The few impressions it takes to do that aren't anywhere near what ad servers are looking for as far as "false impressions." They're after people creating enough fake hits to actually have an effect on payout. It's accepted you're going to generate a certain relatively small ...


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What you're asking for isn't likely to exist since a PHP script can't monitor server traffic by itself. The best you can do is find a log analyzer that can analyze your server logs. But if your server is only configured to log standard http traffic, then it probably won't do you any good. Your webhost might be running software that logs and/or monitors all ...


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Server Mojo it's not free, but they have a continuous going on offer for 30 bucks / year for monitoring 1 site/domain. The monitoring is excellent because they don't only check for the server header 200 success, but you can also check for a keyword whitin your page, in this way it tests each time the server uptime and also if the page was really given out ...


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The best way to monitor the site is to do so from a source that simulates your users, so for a public facing site that means a monitor external to your organization (e.g., SiteUptime - random example, I've never used them nor do I know anything about their reputation). For an intranet application, I'm sure there are open source solutions you can deploy on ...


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See https://browshot.com/api/documentation#simple There is an example with wget on the Browshot blog: http://blog.browshot.com/2012/01/api-14-simple-request.html


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AlertFox offers a free tool for global load time testing. monitor response time of a productive website over time. . Similar to pingdom - but (in my book) pingdome is too expensive if one wants to monitor more than 5 URLs. The AlertFox free plan offers up to 3 URLS plus one transaction sensor (= run tests in a real Firefox browser!): ...



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