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What is a Monitor?

In RapidSpike a monitor is a regularly scheduled test created to check something, and produce a response. Monitors are created by clicking the Add button in the main menu.

Let’s break down this description into it’s key parts:

Scheduled Tests

Most monitors can be scheduled to run at specific times – e.g. uptime monitors can be run every minute, every two minutes, etc all the way to every hour. Many can be customised to run at your preferred time. Some are fixed, and will run at an appropriate frequency: for example, WHOIS Domain monitors run every 12 hours.

Once created, these monitors will automatically fire as long as your account is active and you have the right RapidSpike plan. Monitors can be paused, which will stop them from recording data and triggering alerts, and deleted – in which case they will be permanently removed.

Checking Something

In RapidSpike we have suites of monitors that check all sorts of different key parts of your online world. For convenience, we have grouped our monitors into five key sections: Performance, Security, Availability, Assurance and SEO.

Performance

Performance monitors give you statistics based on how quick and how reliably things are responding. For example, our Real User Monitor tracks the users of your website and the download speeds of your pages.

Security

Security monitors will test your configuration against known flaws and vulnerabilities, alerting you if an issue if found. For example, our Vulnerability Scanner checks for thousands of known exploits, potential hacking flaws and more.

Availability

Availability – or Uptime – monitors check whether something is live or not. Some uptime monitors also include some simple performance info, such as response time. For example, our HTTP monitors will check your page is live, what status code it has, and if you add a Content Check – also whether specific text can be found on the page.

Assurance

Assurance monitors check the other parts of your online world to assure everything is running smoothly. This includes things like your domain name, SSL certificate expiry, and so on.

SEO

Search Engine Optimisation monitors check your current SEO scores using different metrics.

Producing a response

The purpose of our monitors is to let you know when something goes wrong (or if it goes right!) Most monitors have a fail state, or an expected response that when not met – can be configured to trigger an alert. In most cases this alert does not happen automatically, but can be configured in the Alerts section.