If you’re curious about implementing a website monitoring solution into your website enterprise, there are many considerations that will affect your decision. While the exact monitoring techniques and capabilities of a software are paramount to its success, perhaps one of the most critical elements of a monitoring solution is its reporting capabilities. Even if a solution is capable of providing you with outstanding monitoring abilities, if its reporting functions are lacking, the effectiveness of its monitoring solutions is diminished. Therefore, when you’re searching for the ideal website monitoring tool, only choose a solution capable of delivering the following reports.
Modern website enterprises are more like living beings than computer programmed files. Because of the high level of interactivity between infrastructure components and users, it’s imperative that an administrator stays ahead of the curve in terms of trends and website behavior. The only way to successfully accomplish this goal is through reporting insights. Make sure that your reports are capable of being gathered based upon specific time frames. As a general rule of thumb, reports must have the option of gathering daily, weekly, monthly and yearly data. The exact level of data can vary, but make sure the tool is capable of delving into deep-level data statistics and user behavior for the most accurate view into the actual performance and functionality of your website infrastructure.
The ability to quickly scan various data sets is imperative when determining the source of an error or documenting behavior variations based upon upgrades or site improvements. However, there are times when an administrator simply needs a quick snippet of information. Therefore, it’s imperative a website monitoring solution provide “quick-view” reports. That is, reports that are displayed on the primary control panel, or dashboard, for streamlined and expedited review.
Visual Performance Graphs
While the majority of reports is delivered through a series of data sets, numbers and figures, it’s imperative that administrator’s receive detailed and real-time performance graphs when it comes to website availability and response time. Within these visual graphs, make sure information such as average response time for all users as well as response times based upon specific geographic locations is available.
Reports are not only accessed at the leisure of system administrators, but they should be sent out with alert notifications. Therefore, make sure you choose a solution capable of delivering report notifications should an error or issue arise within the inner workings of the website. Notifications should have the option to be sent via email or by SMS text messages.