Back when I just had a personal site with some code on it, I wasn’t too picky about hosting. I went with cheap and simple – maybe $10 a month at the most – and usually you get what you pay for. So the site would go down for a few days a year. No big deal for me, since that’s the trade offs of having low cost hosting.
Now that I have a business site, part of my job is to make sure that site is up all the time. A commerce site that is down means lost sales and upset customers. We have a really excellent full service hosting provider, but they dont monitor our website’s uptime (only the network itself, and the computer is their responsibility)
The good news is that we have customers who will alert us if the site is really sluggish or down or if the MySQL database is hiccupping, but it would be better if we knew before customers started noticing en-masse. Thats when we read a geeky list of software services that looked interesting and noticed that they were using a thing called “web site monitoring” and we were all like “hmm! that sounds interesting”
Web site monitoring
Website monitors are tools that give you uptime and website-loading response times with optional notifications. Most just do uptime – so they tell you when the site is down via email, twitter, sms, etc. There are also some that load the website you run from various computers around the world to let you know if its sluggish.
At this time we’re trying out Pingdom which does both response times and uptime monitoring…
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.