Most Web administrators understand the great value and importance a website monitoring solution offers. Without implementing monitoring tools, many systems and networks would remain vulnerable to malicious attacks and a myriad of code and performance errors.
While it’s easy to see the value of a website monitoring solution, how can administrators make the most out of these tools? The final say in fine-tuning these programs/applications are determined by the size and scope of your enterprise; however, there are several universal tips all administrators may utilize to increase the functionality of their website monitoring solution.
Tip #1 – Go Beyond Default Settings
One of the most effective tips when it comes to maximizing the use and potential of a monitoring tool is to branch out beyond its default settings. Configuring your web site monitoring solution to your specific needs is the only way to achieve full monitoring and protection. Oftentimes, if an administrator is dissatisfied with the performance of their monitoring tool, it’s likely because they did not customize/optimize the tool for their specific enterprise. If you’re unsure how to go about this process, communicate with the vendor. Typically, monitoring solution vendors offer detailed recommendations when it comes to configuring specific settings within their tools.
Tip #2 – Establish System Importance
Another effective tip to maximizing the functionality and features of this tool is to identify and classify the value/importance of specific network systems. One of the truest statements in regards to an online enterprise is not all systems are created equal. Due to some system components being more vital to the overall functionality and performance of your enterprise, they should be higher on the list than backup systems that are rarely used. Establish thresholds that are more sensitive to the most important systems within your network and less sensitive to the lesser important system elements.
Tip #3 – Understand What Your Audience Requires
Without understanding what your audience demands when it comes to performance and functionality of your enterprise, it’s almost impossible to establish an effective monitoring solution. The entire goal of a monitoring solution is to provide an environment that’s cohesive with the specific desires and expectations of your target audience. Therefore, by knowing what your audience demands, and establishing your monitoring tool to ensure these demands are constantly met, you’re creating a system that’s not only fully functional, but also one that’s geared toward satisfying your targeted demographic (which may result in greater visitor retention or conversion rates).