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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

How to Keep a Constant Watch on Your Website

In a perfect world your website is available on the internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week …

but things can happen.

  • You may accidentally let your domain expire. How could that happen? You may have signed up for your domain with an email you no longer use.
  • Hackers could break into the server where your site is hosted. This is not uncommon.
  • A script can exploit a widely used piece of software such as a content management system.

All of these can bring your site down. You may not find out as immediately as you would like and in the meantime opportunities are lost and leads move on.

Here is an easy way to check in on your website throughout your day.


Set the home page of the your internet browser to your website. Every time you open your browser your website will appear. This montoring can help catch problems that may arise as soon as possible.


Setting your browser to open to your website (Click on screen shots to enlarge.):


Internet Explorer

Tools > Internet Options > General Tab > type in your website into the "To create home page tabs"

If you type in more than one address your browser will open all the websites each in a different tab.


Internet Explorer Home Page Settings


Firefox

Tools > Options >

Firefox Home Page Settings


Safari

Edit > Preferences >



Safari Home Page Settings

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