Web content monitoring with Advanced Server Monitoring
You can monitor an unlimited number of websites using the Advanced Server Monitoring tool. By default a policy has already been added for you, which will need configuring before it can start gathering useful information regarding a specific website.
Editing or disabling an existing web content monitor
All alerts are configured from the Server Properties window. To navigate to this window log into your Advanced Monitoring control panel at https://livemonitoring.net, and then click on a report within your dashboard. A new window will open. On this new window click on the spanner icon located in the device graphic in the top right hand corner of the screen.
This will take you to the Alert Configuration window. Finally, click on the button marked Monitors in the top left of the screen.
A list of your port and website content monitors will appear. Click the spanner icon next to the monitor you want to edit.
The Web Content Policy page will open.
While it appears that there is a lot of information to be entered, the fields themselves are easy to complete and provide you with the flexibility to monitor any part of your website. The screen itself is broken down into three sections.
- Policy Name: Enter a name for your policy, this can be anything you want.
- State: If Enabled the policy will poll for information every 5 minutes. Setting to Disabled will turn the monitoring off.
- Port: Specifies the port to use when polling for information. This is usually port 80 for standard websites and port 443 for any websites over SSL.
- Timeout: Sets the number of seconds that the monitoring should wait for the specified content to be displayed. If the content is not verified within this time an event is created.
- Error Codes: Specify the HTTP code you expect to receive in the response from the web server.
- Proxy Server:Port: If you have set up your server as a proxy server and want to monitor a website elsewhere, you should enter your server and port number here. This is entered in the format URL:Port
- Proxy Account:Password: If you are using a proxy server that requires a username and password enter them in this box in the format username:password.
- Uniform Resource Locator: Enter the IP address or the URL for the website to be monitored.
- Post String: You can enter a POST string in this field. This data is then transferred with the cURL equivalent of an HTTP POST command. If you are including more than one variable, separate each variable with the ampersand (&).
The contents of the URL field will appear in alerts and events. For security reasons you should enter any authentication information within the POST String field rather than passing it through as a URL.
- Cookie Value: If you are monitoring a web page that requires a specific cookie value to be set, enter the required value here.
- Browser Emulation: Choose the web browser that you would like to emulate when connecting to your website.
- Auth Account:Password: This is used for monitoring websites that require a login using a pop-up window. Data should be entered in the format username:password.
- SSL Encryption: Allows you to specify if SSL should be used when communicating with the website. (If you are connecting to a web form for example).
- Expression Check #1: A regular expression to search for.
- Expression check #2: Another regular expression to search for.
- Referrer String: If you have entered an IP address in the URL field, you can use this option to spoof a fully qualified host name. This is useful for monitoring certain load balanced configurations.
Once you have entered all the details required, click Save, then Close/Esc to save the changes to your policy and start monitoring your website.
Adding a new web content monitor
To add a new web content monitor, follow the process detailed above for editing a content monitor. When the content policy window opens, click the New button at the top of the window.
Enter the details you wish to monitor in the fields provided, click Save, then Close/Esc to save your new policy and start recording data.
Deleting a web content monitor
It is not currently possible to completely remove a web content monitoring policy from your control panel. To avoid receiving alerts regarding a port monitor, you can follow the instructions provided above for editing a policy. Then set the State to Disabled.
If you contact us once the policy has been disabled, we can manually remove it for you.