The purpose of website monitoring is to verify that end users can interact with a website without errors or complications. Most big companies, social media sites, and corporations perform website monitoring to ensure website performance, website up time, and functionality. Monitoring a website is very critical to ensure that a website is available to users at all times, making sure the times when your website is down are minimized as much as possible, and can deliver maximum performance. Monitoring doesn't only cover websites, but can cover other things as well such as Domain name system records, database connectivity, network connectivity, and bandwidth. It also covers computer resources such as free RAM, CPU load, disk space, etc. The measuring of a website availability and reliability under huge amounts of traffic is often called as load test.
Website monitoring is also used to benchmark your website comparing its performance against its competitors to help determine how well is it performing. It can also be done inside and outside of a network firewall. Internal monitoring of a firewall is done by hardware appliances that can determine if sluggish performance is caused by design, infrastructure, or connections from public internet. External monitoring is basically known as end-to-end performance. Monitoring frequency happens at an interval of every 4 hours to every 15 seconds. There is also advanced monitoring services that can see browser interactions with websites by using micro recorders or browser add-ons like iMacros. They test the website by running a web browser to check for user experience issues, performance issues, and availability complications. Users of website monitoring such as network administrators, web masters, and web operators personal can monitor a single page of a website.
Web monitoring is very crucial for many companies, small businesses, large corporations, and government agencies that run their own websites and have thousands of users using their sites. User rely on a website whether is so leisure, shopping (ecommerce) or business purposes. If user see a website is unreliable, eventually they will stop using the website.