Keep Your Site Online And Up To Date: Monitoring And Ongoing Updates

How to keep track on your site’s availability?

Once you’re done with your site, it’s deployed online and available for the World Wide Web – congrats!

However, that’s not a viable strategy in the long run. Keeping your site online and looking for things to improve is essential, both for availability and security reasons.

Monitoring
According to DevriX, Uptime Robot is my favorite tool for website availability monitoring. You can sign up for free and register up to 50 website instances that could be tracked every 5 minutes. You can just ping them (and see whether the server is up in the first place), or set up an HTTP alert that ensures that even if the computer is online, the web server is also up and running properly (and sending the right response codes).

You can enable reports via email, Twitter direct message or SMS when your website is down and up again. Their premium plan allows you to track the server availability every single minute as well.

Pingdom is the most popular availability monitor that is premium from day one, and the pricing plans start at $10/month for a single site.

Occasionally you may get the so called “false positives” – if there is a glitch in the monitoring service, a slight delay from your server or some network problem, it’s possible that you will receive a downtime warning while your website is up.

In this case you may double check with a site like isup.me and verify whether your website is visible from other locations at that moment.

WordPress Updates
WordPress introduced automatic updates for the minor WordPress versions in WordPress 3.7. This means that, by default, your minor versions would be updated shortly after they are released – i.e. versions such as 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.3.3 etc.

However, if you run WordPress 4.3 and 4.4 is out, this update will not happen automatically and you are responsible for updating it yourself.

WordPress spends a significant amount of time ensuring that backwards compatibility is in tact, but there are millions of setup variations out there: versions of the web server, PHP, MySQL; operating systems, combinations of themes and plugins, available website languages (and collations for the database), and so on.

Therefore things may go south every now and then, and major versions sometimes alter the database or introduce other major changes.

Regular backups are simply mandatory for you to be safe and avoid losing data. We recommend BackUpWordPress by our friends at Human Made that could be configured for automatic backups and even store them in Dropbox or Amazon.

Advanced Automatic Updates is a free plugin that could update all of your themes, plugins and major Core versions if you want automatically. It is up to you to decide whether it’s a good fit, so we’re just listing the options here.

ManageWP is a popular solution for managing updates and backups. It’s also handy if you manage several (or many) websites since it provides a single dashboard that allows you to manage all of your websites at the same time.

WP Remote provides you with a similar interface for updates and it’s now even free! It’s also run by Human Made which means that it is integrated with BackUpWordPress as well.

Keeping your site online and accessible and making sure that it’s up to date are two important step for taking a regular care of your web business.

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