How to add a website monitor

Netumo monitors your website at regular intervals and let you know as soon as the page does not load correctly. The tests Netumo runs are not simply to check that content is returned but it also validates that the connect is correct HTML.  

So what is this HTML?

Browsers (like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari) understand HTML code and render it in the browser window, hence all websites are represented in HTML code. There are two versions of HTML; v4 is the old standard which is still widely used. The latest version is v5 or HTML5, which is the latest standard and much more powerful. You don’t need to know which version your website runs under, you just need a good part of your website HTML code to ensure that when Netumo checks it out, Netumo will correctly detect that the site is fine. To view your website HTML code simply view in a web browser, right click anywhere on the page and click on View Source.  
Netumo Add Website Monitor
Netumo – Add Website Monitor

The Steps:

  1. In Netumo hit the Add Website Monitor button to create a new website monitor.
  2. Enter the details such as a short name for your website, the group under it falls under and the address.
  3. Enter the HTML Code part
  4. Enable email and SMS notifications. If you have additional email address you want notifications delivered them enter them as well in the section provided.

How to get a good HTML code part?

This is the most important field of the website monitor. You need to have a piece of code which is relevant and clearly identifies that your website is correct. Let’s say you are monitoring a blog, if you monitor the root page, don’t include code from a particular article because that will eventually be replaced. However you should include a piece of code which indicates that your website is functional. This means that you need to have some HTML code which comes out of the database powering the blog. This ensures that your tests will also check that the database is correctly running. All blog content (including header for example) are stored in a database, thus to determine which parts to check for are quite easy, but there is no straight answer and it has to be a case by case basis. Typically the wildest guess is to go content which is unique to your site and also include content that visitors see and not just HTML tags.  
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