December 31, 2013 – Dotcom-Monitor has been tracking a Bluehost outage, first detected Tuesday afternoon at approximately 12:30pm CST. Dotcom-Monitor’s worldwide network has detected a consistent outage from all 20 global monitoring locations.
We all know that Black Friday and Cyber Monday can strike fear in the minds of e-commerce companies but let’s take a look at why. These two dates represent the busiest times of year for e-commerce companies and this year, industry pundits predict that traffic will be the highest in history. Learn how website monitoring can help protect revenues and keep your customers happy.
Minnesota Give to the Max Day website crashes – The big giving day, Nov. 14, 2013, for GiveMN and the Razoo charity website that administers it, crashed today due to a reported overloaded system leaving contributors without a easy online avenue for contributing to favorite charities.
New York Times Website Down – The New York Times online publication NYTimes.com suffered a website outage late Wednesday morning, Aug. 13, 2013.
Website Uptime isn’t a Condition, it’s a Calculation
Central to service level agreement (SLA) reports is the concept of website “uptime.” However, what exactly is uptime? Website uptime, in the recent past was often narrowly defined as the working vs. non-working condition of a web server, ie web server uptime. More recently, we have worked with many organizations that are carefully defining the details of website uptime vs. downtime, by taking into account variables like network uptime, server uptime, web application uptime, or website uptime, has become critical.
Vimeo Website Down – At approximately 1:30pm CST on 01/16/2013 Dotcom-Monitor began sending alerts to its clients regarding Vimeo webpage elements timing out. Vimeo, is a U.S.-based video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos. Dotcom-Monitor testing verified intermittent connection Vimeo outages occurring from worldwide locations. Dotcom-Monitor captured a video of the Vimeo outage homepage error (note the 5-second domain name server (DNS) load time) using its UserView Monitoring – Video Capture Technology.
Dotcom-Monitor recently chose 20 midsized online companies to monitor for one week from those ranked 500-600 in the Internet Retailer 2011 ranking. We focused our monitoring on a demographic that encompasses what is considered a mid-size company, not large enough to have inexhaustible budgets, and just large enough to begin considering ways to optimize web site performance. By testing their websites at a 15-minute frequency from nine North American monitoring locations for seven days using a non-caching, Internet Explorer browser we were able to pinpoint potential areas to improve and issues to avoid.
How Funny is it when a Funny site gets hit in the face with Downtime? … Turns out, not that funny. Awkward Family Photos website down on MSN feature.