Downtime halts sales and affects brand reputation.
When prepping your physical stores for a big retail event, you don’t simply open the doors and hope for the best. The same is true for your website. With UK consumers expected to spend over £5bn this Christmas season according to IMRG and Experian, you can’t afford to not be prepared. While there is no way to absolutely guarantee stability, a surefire way to flirt with utter failure is to have no plan at all.
Ecommerce monitoring is important for all development environments at all times, especially peak trading. The purpose of ecommerce monitoring is to prevent code failures on your live website. Development environments include a developer’s desktop, development, staging and production (the live website). Here are several ecommerce monitoring tools that Ampersand recommends:
Zabbix is used to collect a series of metrics and statuses and controls things such as free disk space, CPU usage, if a service is up or down, and network speed and status. Zabbix allows your developers to write bespoke scripts to check specific parts of your setup. Zabbix can then automatically check the server for the health of all services involved and make sure all necessary files are present. Zabbix runs as an agent inside each server.
It’s also worth mentioning Nagios, which is similar to, but older than, Zabbix. The main difference is that Nagios is a monitoring tool, whereas Zabbix is an alerting tool. With Nagios, you decide what you want to monitor and what’s the threshold. With Zabbix, you configure what you want to be alerted about.