Reliable WordPress Through Plugins

Posted on August 3rd, 2012 by Victoria Pal in Tech

pluginsToday, WordPress is probably the most popular blogging platform. Updates roll-out frequently, undergoing constant development. With the majority of bloggers making WordPress their CMS of choice, one cannot help but wonder how safe it is?

Well, it is in fact pretty safe. Not that there are no security issues and exploits every now and then - there are. Fixes are usually available before code oversights become known to the masses. Due to its popularity many try to exploit WordPress, for one reason or another. Updating your installation up to the latest version is one way to avoid most common problems, but this is really the bare minimum you need to cover.

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Vacation Planning Websites Speed Up in 2012

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by Victoria Pal in WebSitePulse News, Tech

VacationIf you are a part of the travel industry, you probably don’t get much from your summer vacation and are in the office right now, planning someone else’s vacation. Or maybe not exactly, but my guess is you still care how that vacation planning is going for the big guys. Luckily for you, this year we monitored the most popular travel websites again and are here to provide you with the results.

We have monitored 12 websites for 5 weeks from 4 different global locations. The monitoring process covers not only the website performance, but a typical complete web transaction – going to the Home page, choosing destination, browsing the search results, and selecting hotel offer. The KPI metrics for the reports are Uptime and Response Time, which are basically the default user experience metrics.

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Guest Post: Cloud-based Management for Start-ups

Posted on July 24th, 2012 by Mark Jones in Guest Posts, Tech

CloudCloud computing is a development that could change the computer industry. Technology heavyweights such as Microsoft, IBM and Google have already invested millions of dollars into its research, reflecting a growing belief that it’s a method of computing that’ll continue to grow in prevalence, changing, for the better, the way we use computers in our personal and business lives.

If you’re a start-up or small business owner and not too tech savvy, you may wonder what cloud computing actually involves. Essentially, it involves a significant shift in IT system workload with remote, rather than local computers, running everything from e-mail to word processing. You’d simply log into a web-based service that would host all the relevant programs for your business and then go from there. If you’re a user of hotmail, it would be similar to logging into that.

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The Most Common Remote Website Monitoring Misconceptions

Posted on June 27th, 2012 by Victoria Pal in Tech

FAQPerformance and availability monitoring plays a crucial role for the health and overall wellbeing of  the modern business infrastructure. However, there still exist some common misconceptions associated with remote website and server monitoring practices. We hope that by revealing the real facts, we will help you make an educated decision so that you can use the optimal arsenal of remote monitoring tools to your advantage.

You need to monitor all your resources

Monitoring every single piece of network hardware is not, by all means, mandatory. Monitoring more than what you really need is neither time- nor cost-efficient. Business-critical systems usually represent only a fraction of your infrastructure. Involving people with intimate knowledge of your IT ecosystem in the decision making process will save you money and time. One of the great features of agentless monitoring solutions is scalability. If you are not quite sure about the resources you need to monitor, start with the basic service and a limited set of servers, or websites. You can always expand and spend on remote monitoring when you need it.

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Tweet Your Status - How to Use WebSitePulse with ifttt.com and Twitter

Posted on June 21st, 2012 by Victoria Pal in Monitoring, Tools, Tech

There are a lot of interesting ways in which you can use our monitoring services. Engaging in online reputation management is also one of them. A main prerequisite for establishing a good name for you and your business is being transparent. But let's face it, eventually your website will experience downtime. It happens even to the best of sites. And more often than not it is your responsibility keep track of the performance and availability of your website, and take proper action when needed.

Fail whaleIn the unfortunate event of your website going down, for one reason or another, it won’t take long for your visitors to find out. It is better for them to learn about it from you rather than speculate on social networks about the outage. Do you remember how Twitter used to have issues remaining online under heavy use? They came up with what became an internet meme - the fail whale. It was their own way of saying: “Yes, there is a problem and we are working on it”.

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