A website is a constantly active feature and, as such, needs regular monitoring. You cannot turn it on and leave it be – in the ever adapting, dynamic world of the internet you need the right tools to keep watch.
Part of knowing how to monitor your website, of course, is knowing what to look out for in the first place. To this end, here are a number of factors that are worth looking out for and how you can keep track of them.
There are many services available to help, from website load testing to simple penetration test results from NCC Group, giving you easy access to these important features.
Websites live off traffic. Without it, the site would be pointless – why host your website if nobody is visiting? Likewise, why host it if you simply can’t handle the traffic you receive so nobody can get through? The end result is the same.
To counter this, active and regular website load testing will show you what your potential customers see. Too long a load time and they will get bored – if your tests show this, you know you need to upgrade your system. As a rule of thumb you should always stay ahead of the curve, enabling the site to anticipate future growth.
Likewise, traffic volumes and stress tests can tell you how much your business can handle at any one time. If you’re a retail firm hosting a limited sale, for instance, this is incredibly useful. Again, a store that can’t be accessed will not make a profit.
It’s not just customers you need to test for either. If you’re storing sensitive or private data, there’s always the risk data thieves will come knocking. Similar to traffic, the same approach can be applied here – a physical simulation of what would actually happen.
Such penetration tests let you know any weaknesses and exploits. Once you know these, you know exactly where to fix. Additionally, regular testing will keep this well maintained, as well as testing the site against the latest attacks and breaching methods.
Stress tests are also useful, as stress overloads and direct denial of service (DDoS) attacks are two common ways criminals attempt to bypass traditional defences.