Webmasters need to make sure that their websites are up and accessible to site visitors and search engine bots. Downtime can have different impacts from negative perceptions of website visitors to being kicked out of search engines for not being accessible.
There are three options on how to stay informed about downtimes. The first two options are managed by the webmaster or system administrator. Online services and computer programs are available to check a website regularly to see if it positively responds to those checks. The third option is a hosting company that does the monitoring for the webmaster.
Karen’s Net Monitor is a website monitor for the Windows operating system that can check websites, email servers and IP addresses.
Two websites are configured on startup that are checked regularly. Websites are displayed with a checkbox that indicates if they are being monitored. A check log is displayed at the bottom of the main screen as well as overall stats and stats for individual jobs that are selected.
The testing interval can also be configured in the screen.
New websites and properties can be added by clicking on the Edit Settings button. Here it is possible to add new websites, email servers and ping checks.
The program has no options to test services that run on a web server or to check responses on a site. A common check in many monitoring programs is to see if a previously defined text is returned on the website or server that is being checked.
Karen’s Net Monitor can be used for basic network monitoring tasks. The program is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows and available for download at the developer’s website.
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