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4 easy steps for Optimal Website Monitoring

Monitoring your website is vital to keep your business moving ahead but also in keeping your online presence optimal. Sites that give 400 or 500 do not give a view of a stable business. End customers might be hindering to ... Read More »

Monitoring your website is vital to keep your business moving ahead but also in keeping your online presence optimal. Sites that give 400 or 500 do not give a view of a stable business. End customers might be hindering to continue their business even at a future date if they see errors during one of their visits.

It is important that when enabling a monitor you enter a part of the expected returned content. This is not the full page as such a page can differ being dynamic but critical parts of it that should be present at all times. Below we will mention 4 simple tips on how to get the best out of your monitoring checks.

  1. Pick a mixture of HTML tags and Text – Do not pick only text what is rendered in the browser window. Click on View source and copy parts of the HTML code together with the text part displayed you want to match.
  2. Pick the text that is always present on the page – To avoid false positives you must pick parts that are always displayed on the page. For example, if you have a shop and the top items depend on different campaigns you are running.
  3. Pick dynamic text coming from the database – It is important to create monitors that go deep into the functionality of your site. Matching text coming from the database ensures that you are confirming that the database is up and running.
  4. Use multiple monitors (even for the same site) – There is no harm in having multiple monitors for the same site. It can give you both peace of mind that the site is up as well as testing even further combinations from your website.

So if you don’t have a Netumo account please sign up for one today for Free and enjoy easy monitoring for your website.


Happy Holidays

From everybody at Netumo we wish you the best wishes for the holiday season in these strange times. While you rest and enjoy some quiet family time, Netumo will be monitoring all your sites to make sure everything is OK. ... Read More »

From everybody at Netumo we wish you the best wishes for the holiday season in these strange times. While you rest and enjoy some quiet family time, Netumo will be monitoring all your sites to make sure everything is OK.

Stay Safe and let’s hope for a better 2021!


Black Friday Offer

Get a great Black Friday / Cyber Monday offer from the team at Netumo. Benefit from 75% Off on the Value and Plus plans with the code BLKFRIYAY!2020 at checkout. With this offer you can monitor up to 100 website ... Read More »

Get a great Black Friday / Cyber Monday offer from the team at Netumo.

Benefit from 75% Off on the Value and Plus plans with the code BLKFRIYAY!2020 at checkout.

With this offer you can monitor up to 100 website and hosts at a fraction of a cost for a full year.

Offer is valid until December 1st 2020 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.


Getting the best out of your Netumo monitors

Getting the best our of your Netumo monitors.

Netumo can monitor any web page on the internet and alert you when the site is down or when the content is not matching what it should be.

Setting up a correct Netumo monitor is very important to get the best out of Netumo and ensure proper notifications are in place.

The monitor setup process

In this article we are going to go through the steps that are required for setting up a correct Netumo monitor.

Identify what needs to be monitored.

Select textual content from your site that should not change, otherwise whenever the content changes you would have to update the Netumo monitor making such monitors difficult to maintain.

Monitor for specific content

  • For a blog pick a particular important article and select a small phrase from it.
  • In web shop pick a popular item listing. Select the direct link to the item listing not a list from a grid view where multiple items are selected. This ensures that changes to ordering and paging does not effect the results.
  • In a plain HTML site with flat pages pick any part of a particular page. This is the simplest type of website that typically has the least issues.
  • If your website has payment buttons like Paypal buttons, it might also be good to monitor such pages.

In the above options it is important to pick data and information that is coming from a database (in case one is in use). Most websites platforms such as WordPress, Drupal Weebly, Shopify, Squarespace, WiX, Dreamhost, GoDaddy and so on all utilize some database on the back-end. If the database is offline or there is an issue, your website would still load but without any content.

Monitor for additional CSS/JavaScript (JS)

Monitor the CSS and JavaScript content from your site, particularly if you have such sources from other 3rd party providers. You can identify such content in the next step.

Look at the HTML/JS/CSS code

Open the site and page in a web browser. Make sure your view is in desktop view. Right click anywhere on the page and select “View page source”

Search for the visible text you need to monitor.

Copy the code. You can simple copy the rendered text part but you can also add the HTML tags. It is not necessary to pick a huge chunk of code. A small snippet is enough as this would also help in case your website is powered via a theme, and upgrades to the theme would not effect the monitor.

In case of CSS/JavaScript select the “View page source” as above and search for link tags or style-sheet tags. Open such links in a new tab. Then copy from that tab a small subset of code. In case of CSS/JS you can simply pick the first few lines. Such files are normally static and would not change unless there is some website upgrades.

Create the Monitor with required Frequency

Now head on to Netumo Console and select Websites/Hosts … Add Monitor. Enter the HTML code in the Netumo monitor section. Make sure to set a proper frequency. You do not need to monitor all pages from the same website at the same frequency.

We suggest to have monitors

  • every 2 to 5 minutes for the main page content
  • every 30 to 60 minutes for additional content like CSS/JavaScript and any additional auxiliary pages.

This monitoring frequency will ensure that you get notified when the website is down or there are serious issues with it, and other minor issues would be highlighted within a 30 to maximum 60 time window.

Finally test the monitor in Netumo to see that all is correct and the content matched the page. And once this passes save the monitor.

Working Example

Let’s assume we need to monitor this block and pick article as the main monitor element. One thing to point out is that this blog is hosted on the wordpress platform and all content is coming from a MySQL database.

Clicking “View page source” will show the source of this article. We picked a sub header that is part of the content and coming from the database just as all of the content is:

<h2>The monitor setup process</h2>

This header section is unlikely to change and that entire text can be entered in the HTML code to match inside of Netumo.


WordPress site Monitoring

WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management System (CMS) used to power numerous websites. WordPress is very powerful particularly with the aid of the vast amount of plugins that exist allowing powerful customizations out of the box to ... Read More...

WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management System (CMS) used to power numerous websites. WordPress is very powerful particularly with the aid of the vast amount of plugins that exist allowing powerful customizations out of the box to both design and functionality.

Compatibility issues arise mainly when different updates are applied to the various WordPress platform and the plugins. There are various update points and various versions at play. WordPress itself upgrades automatically, while on the other hand in normal circumstances plugins do not and have to be manually updated. When plugins are updated all their functionality needs to be checked to ensure that the updates did not have any negative effect.

Things to monitor on a wordpress page

  1. Homepage. This ensures that the website is not in Maintenance mode, however you could receive false positive alerts when WordPress or plugins are being updated since Maintenance mode would be triggered.
  2. Any Buy Now/Donate buttons (PayPal). Your main revenue stream could be these buttons from PayPal or any other payment gateway. Ensuring they are still visible is vital not to effect revenue stream.
  3. Woo Commerce page listing. Check any particular product listing if you use Woo Commerce. This ensures that at least 1 listing is still up. Consider picking up a popular item from your shop.
  4. Contact us page (particularly captcha). This ensures that the contact us page is visible and at least renders correctly. In the majority of cases you cannot monitor the CAPTCHA URL since that dynamically loads but you can always monitor the HTML element that contains the captcha.

Monitoring with Netumo is very easy. All you need to do is get a Free account today by visiting Netumo.com and registering for an account. One you are logged in hit the Start Monitoring now to set up your first monitor.

Pick HTML content from your page that is important and unique to that page. Ensure that this content is always part of the page. For example if your is a blog do not pick text from a particular blog post to monitor your hOmepage since that would change every time you post a new post, but target the site header, menu or banner. It is not suggested to pick a huge chunk of HTML code. A small piece should be enough.

Finally test your monitor. Put the WordPress site in Maintenance mode, hide a particular post or put a product hidden to ensure that your monitor is working as it should.


Organization Teams

Netumo was born over 5 years ago as a simple yet smart way of monitoring domains and websites. Since then this project grew to a fully blown service monitoring thousands of domains, sites and hosts. Back then our team was ... Read More »

Netumo was born over 5 years ago as a simple yet smart way of monitoring domains and websites. Since then this project grew to a fully blown service monitoring thousands of domains, sites and hosts.

Back then our team was small, and we opted for simple features, with the idea of small users and teams in mind like us. Since then our user base has gown and we have also acquired more complex organizations who have different requirements yet still love the idea of simple website monitoring.

One of the biggest challenges we faced with larger organizations is that for them one user is not enough. Larger organizations have different teams with numerous people and sharing of the credentials is surely not an option. Hence we have invested in supporting these organizations by launching what we call teams (multi-user) support.

The benefits include:

  • Different logins per account
  • Different team sizes based on each plan
  • Different Roles

This new functionality in Netumo gives us the ability to serve better larger organizations that handle larger teams and also have more site under management which need monitoring. Each Netumo plan has been specially designed to come with a different size of team capacity depending on the size of the organization.

So give us a try and sign up for a free Netumo account today.


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