Setting up a website maybe easy with website builders and content management systems, but maintaining a website does take some time and money which you should not avoid. Preventive maintenance of your website and regular monitoring can help avoid potential problems that may lead your website to show up incorrectly or to cause issues for your website visitors. A simple task like monitoring your website for suspicious or abnormal behavior will help you to take timely action and plug any vulnerabilities at the earliest. This article points out the parts of your website which you should monitor regularly to keep it healthy and fit.
If you have a large website or Content Management System to store your web page content, you may want to regularly see the error logs for any suspicious or abnormal activity. Error logs can tell you a variety of things, including what programmatic errors exist on your website, what errors have been shown to which visitors and also how the internal pages of your website are talking to each other. Error logs can help identify database connectivity issues, application firewall issues, software update or upgrade errors and also web server errors. Checking the logs regularly can help prevent any untoward issues on the website, similarly even after an attack or incident logs can be useful to investigate the root of the problem and how the incident unfolded.
The statistics of your website play a vital role in helping your website grow and to use as a positive tool in determining how attractive your website is for visitors. Web Statistic apps are usually provided by default in all hosting control panels, but sometimes they may need to be enabled by the user. Web statistics allow you to gather crucial information in determining visitor behavior and patterns or trends in website traffic. Online services like Google Analytics also allow you to monitor your visitor traffic and offer crucial metrics which will help you diagnose key issues and roadblocks in visits and revenue conversion. Most self hosted stats programs help in analyzing data from Internet services such as web, streaming media, mail, and FTP servers. Most statistics services parse and analyze server log files, producing HTML reports. in which data is visually presented by tables and bar graphs. Static reports can be created through a command line interface, and on-demand reporting is supported through a Web page, which is accessible from the hosting control panel.
Monirtoring user signups and registrations is also an important aspect, especially if you are allowing members of the public to automatically sign up and buy online or write articles or submit information. Many a times, dummy accounts are created to abuse web services or to push out bulk mail. Similarly fake accounts are created to sabotage websites or get access to confidential or crucial information. You can set up automatic email alerts which will inform you of new user signups. However, large websites may not have such a system due to the sheer volume of signups. Monitoring user activity and new accounts is crucial in avoiding attacks or leak of important data.
Weeding out infected mails or malicious files that users may have uploaded is key to the security of a website or hosting account. Although no harm may be done by dormant emails with suspicious attachments, it is best to get rid of infected files before they get transmitted to other machines or resources either as backups or as primary data.