One day I asked myself
this question: "What's the single most important
thing you need to pay attention to if you own
a website?" The
answer was immediate because it's so critically
important. Yes, it was obvious that if your website
isn't up and running then you've got no website.
Not only will your customers disappear, but the
search engines will ignore it. So that was it.
I looked back at all the years I
the only days I didn't make any money were
those times when my website was down. It's kind
of obvious when you think about it. No website
= no money.
After all, your customers cannot place an order
for your product or service if they can't get
website. It didn't happen everyday, but it did
happen enough that I was lost an average of eight
thousand four hundred dollars over a six month
period simply because of all the time my website
was down. And the worst part was that there's
no way to predict when your website is going
to go down. It just happens!
Unfortunately for me, it was happening late
at night, and early in the morning when I wasn't
around to check for myself. As the saying goes, "Necessity
is the mother of all invention." Well,
in this case, they're 100% correct. I needed
some way to find out when my website
was down. I needed something that could let me
know for sure when there was trouble with my
website hosting company. I wanted the problem
to be fixed immediately because the thought of
losing sales simply because nobody could get
to my website was disturbing to me. Here I'd
done all this work, spent all this time making
my website, marketing it and paying for advertising
only to find out my store was closed for business
at random times during both day and night. I
was so frustrated that I hired a programmer to
create a software program that would alert me
the moment my website went down.
Now I hear a beeping alert if my website ever
goes down and I can see the all the information
right on my computer screen. And I've got seven
different websites so important that if one of
them goes down, I know which one. This programmer
designed this software with such simplicity that
I can look on my computer screen at any time
at a list of all my websites.
The ones that show a green light next to them
are up and running. If one shows a red light,
that means there's a problem with that site and
it's offline. That beeping alert will let you
know the second that happens. Now instead of
losing all those sales while I was sleeping,
I now have control over this problem and control
over my website. These days I don't know how
website owners can sleep when they don't know
if their website is down and costing them money.
This software has revealed some other valuable
information. It tells me which companies have
good, solid, reliable hosting and which ones
don't. I should make a list of all the bad web
hosts out there, so others could avoid them.
In case you're wondering what I named
this software, it's called "Down Alarm."
Down Alarm will
keep a weather eye on your web sites. It automatically
checks any web sites you add to the list at the
time interval you choose. If your site goes down,
Down Alarm will flash a red LED
to indicate an error.
You can download
Down alarm here.
If you would like to see the
Down Alarm website click here.