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How to Check NS Records

Posted on October 25th, 2012 by Victoria Pal in Tools, Tech

Domain Name SystemThe concept of the Domain Name System (DNS) can be a confusing subject even to skilled and experienced system administrators. DNS is the system used to abbreviate Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which are in the form of numbers, to memorable, user-friendly names. These Domain names address systems on TCP/IP networks (e.g. the Internet) by certain Web applications, such as browsers. This system enables computers to communicate using the numeric addresses, and computer users to use simpler names, for example, “www.google.com” and “www.yahoo.com” to call up services including websites and email servers on the internet.

How Domains and the Domain Name System Work

When you type a domain name into your browser’s address bar, your computer (or client) sends the name to a publicly accessible computer called a DNS server. This server contains a database mapping of human-readable names to their corresponding numeric addresses. The DNS server sends back a response to the client computer and informs it of the IP address of the target system you would like to access, thus enabling it to send the request directly to the target. Through a process known as recursion, the DNS server may also request the IP from other DNS servers.

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How to measure server response time

Posted on October 19th, 2012 by Lily Grozeva in Tools, Tech

Response time

You may want to measure any given server's response time for any reason, but the most common one is to gain better understanding of the visitor's experience by using an external testing locations. Another reason would be to ensure that the website is actually accessible by your clients. By performing a visitor emulation you can determine the status of the server and get additional statistics based on the time it takes for each one to complete.

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How to Test a Web Server

Posted on October 3rd, 2012 by Victoria Pal in Tools, Tech

Server response timeWeb servers are vital to make sure that your website is up and running. Yet sometimes there can be hiccups in service and the response time of your web server can change drastically. Slow server response time can make the difference between a reliable website that anyone can access and a website that drives users away, perhaps to your competition.

Here’s a brief example - just recently domain and hosting provider GoDaddy experienced downtime with their servers which resulted in thousands of websites either being down or responding slowly (or even just hanging, never loading the page). As a result GoDaddy had to go through a big PR mess to get everything fixed. They also had to deal with a throng of angry business owners who rely on their servers to make a living.

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UKHost4U.com Facebook competition

Posted on September 17th, 2012 by Lily Grozeva in Tech

UKHost4UOur friends from UKHost4U are in a playful mood, and ask you to join them on their Facebook page! To enter the competition you only need to like the page and wait until Oct 15th to see if you are the winner. It’s that simple. Oh, we forgot the prize – it’s Google Nexus 7 tablet.

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Olympic Sites Show Golden Performance

Posted on August 16th, 2012 by Victoria Pal in WebSitePulse News, Tech

OlympicWe do website monitoring the way athletes do their thing – with passion! When they hear “challenge”, they understand hard athletic work and dedication to get to the top, when we hear “challenge”, though – we understand website performance, optimization, graphs, stats, you get the point.

What we did for our own Olympics season is simple - chose the sites, set the targets, set the metrics and then just waited. Our goal was to see how the leading news websites would handle the huge traffic increase, and, to be fair, most of them did quite well.

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