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Status Code 404 - Not Found

Posted on May 19th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Monitoring

404 error page not foundIt is quite common to see "404 Not Found" page instead of the requested one. This is a standard status code, informing the client that the server has not found anything matching this precise URI (short for Uniform Resource Locator). In other words, that is what you get when the server is not able to find the page you are trying to load, due to one reason or another.

This status code is commonly used. However, it is not the only error code you might get. 404, along with other 4xx status codes, is a client-side error, meaning that the user either misspelled or requested a page that is no longer there. On a different note, status 200 is the most common server reply you get. You don't see it because the request succeeded to display the requested resource.

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It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Ping

Posted on May 18th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

PingPing is one of the most well known and easy to use computer network tools. Its basic application is to test the availability of hosts across an IP network. The ping tool was written by Mike Muuss way back in December, 1983. Its practical use and reliability was undeniable until 2003 when a lot of internet service providers began filtering ICMP ping requests, due to growing thread from internet worms and basic DDoS attacks. Nearly 3 decades later, ping stands tall providing common computer users, webmasters and network administrators with valuable information.

Check your network adapter

Common users can use ping from their local machine to check if their LAN, WLAN card is enabled and working, by simply pinging itself. The command will look something very similar to this:

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Choose a Good Hosting Provider

Posted on May 17th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Monitoring

Hosting providerYour online presence can easily depend on you having the answer to the question - where to host my site? You will probably do just fine with most hosting providers, or in other words - average.  Average is OK, but we can go one step further and place a solid bedrock for your online business.

Where are your visitors?

Think about where your audience is? You should make your website as easy as possible to reach by finding hosting with good access, quick to reach and able to load website pages fast. It is good to get a local provider if you target a local group of people and likewise it's good to have remote hosting should you be targeting a remote location.

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Measuring Website Response Time

Posted on May 17th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Measuring response timeThe response time of a webpage is the time elapsed from the moment the user requests a URL, until the request page is fully displayed. This process can be separated in to 3 logical units - transmission, processing and rendering.

Transmission consists of the time to transmit the user's request and receive response from the server.
Processing is the part of the operation where the server has to process the request and generate the response.
Rendering is client side operation and consists of the time needed by the client machine to display the response to the user.

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Importance of Website Response Time

Posted on April 29th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Website Response TimeWhy is response time so important? Would it hurt your visitors to wait just a few more seconds for your page to appear? Well, to cut a long story short - Yes, it will hurt your visitors' experience and it will hurt your site.

When you are online, every second counts. The abundance of websites on various topics, located only a few clicks away from each other is why your site can not afford to lose visitors and prospective clients over such a little thing as bad response time.

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