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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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A Reminder for All IT Bloggers

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

CreateFor all of you who missed the news, we’ve started our Guest Blogging program last month. It’s still fresh and all, so now is the time to shine amongst your peers. We know you have great monitoring tricks up your sleeve and now is the time to show them off.

Who are you?

If you are an IT professional, programmer, system administrator or simply a website owner in the know of your stuff, we are sure you have something to share with our audience. Our blog started in 2009 and in our experience people care about the health of their websites and are eager to learn more on the subject, so why don’t you give it to them?

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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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Exporting Data from WebSitePulse's API to Google Drive

Posted on June 7th, 2012 by Victoria Pal in Monitoring, Tools, Tech

Google Drive APIWhat’s the fun in having a fully functioning API if you can’t play around with it, right? Sometimes data is needed in different forms to serve a specific purpose. APIs are great when the existing interface and available functions are not enough. Getting data straight to spreadsheets is great for custom reports and graphics. So, let’s learn how to do this.

Today we are going to focus on XML and export data with the HTTP API. Before we start, let me remind you that if you want to replicate and build upon any of what I’m writing below, you will need to register for any of our services – paid, trial or free. They will all give you access to our API and what you have in your account.

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