Easy to Use Uptime Widgets
Widgets have become extremely popular pieces of software. A widget is an easy to use, graphical user interface that allows the user to connect to a favorite application. Widgets usually sit on the user’s desktop for access to specific information. Typically widgets have pull-down menus, pop-up windows, dialog boxes, scroll bars, and buttons. An example would be a weather widget on a desktop which displays updated weather information.
Uptime can also be monitored through a widget. There are numerous widgets available for both Mac and PC users to monitor the uptime of their web hosting company. Different widgets have different options available depending on personal preference. At the bare minimum, an uptime widget should keep track of how long the web host has been up and running.
There are both free and paid widgets. In most cases, the free widgets only offer basic information. The paid widgets track all types of statistics for advanced needs. The widget allows the user to view uptime statistics directly from their desktop without the hassle of logging in each time a metric must be checked.
Free Uptime Widget Functions
Free uptime widgets are easily available on the internet and will usually contain some of the information below:
- Record uptime
- Previous uptimes
- Uptime percentage for a specified period
Record uptime tracks the longest duration of time that the web host has been functional. This is an important tracking tool to verify that the web hosting company is following their uptime guarantee. Previous uptimes can usually be customized to display past uptimes. Many uptime widgets default to the last four uptimes.
Uptime percentage is the most basic and important statistic that should be available on the widget. This displays the percentage of time the web host is up and running. This also helps to track the uptime guarantee offered by the provider. If the uptime percentage is 95% and the hosting company offers 99%, it’s solid evidence to present to the company for a refund or credit.
Finally, there are a few important dates on an uptime widget (depending on the information needed). The first date is the date as of which indicates the current date. The second date is the date which measures the consecutive uptime since a specific day. Once a provider goes down, the date resets to when the site is available.
A few vital pieces of information should be added to uptime widgets. First, separate upload/download meters are not available on uptime widgets. These bars monitor the amount of data uploaded and downloaded onto the server for a specific website. Similarly, total bandwidth used is another helpful feature to be added to a widget. Uptime widgets should encompass all aspects of a web hosting provider.
Many web site owners are on a specific bandwidth cap each month, according to their plan. Consequently, the upload and download meters would allow them to analyze trends to view the value of uploaded and downloaded content against their allotted bandwidth. The total bandwidth would assist site owners with the decision to increase or decrease the amount of bandwidth each month.
Paid Uptime Widget Functions
Paid uptime widgets offer many more statistics to the user. Generally, paid uptime widgets are software that’s available only through the monthly subscription of an uptime monitoring service. Paid widgets display various types of information and services based on customer need including:
- Downtime and error alerting
- Error verification
- Accurate monitoring and reporting
- Numerous global monitoring sites
- Website checks every 1, 5, 15, 30, and 60 minutes
- Uptime display for a specified time
Downtime and error alerting notifies the user when the site isn’t available or when an error has occurred. Users can be alerted through cell phone text (SMS), email, and various messengers. Error verification is a feature that checks and reports the error that occurred for a potential solution.
Since constantly logging into the uptime web host monitoring site is eliminated, the user is linked directly from numerous monitoring sites to the provider to ensure accurate monitoring and reporting.
Another common feature found on many uptime web hosting service provider websites is the ability to check the web host every 1, 5, 15, 30 or 60 minutes. This is a universal setting available directly from uptime widgets to allow for customized settings based on specific user needs.
An additional feature is the uptime display which shows the uptime for a specified period of time. For instance, the uptime widget might exhibit the uptime for the past 72 hours. This is another customizable setting for ease of use by the user.
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