Free Website Monitoring Services: What You Need to Consider

Some say that the best things in life are free, but in the real world we know that’s not always the case. Sometimes you get what you pay for, especially when it comes to vital business services, and website monitoring services are no exception to that rule. If you know the importance of website monitoring and the role it plays in maximizing the uptime of your website, then you probably know that paying for a quality service that actually protects your site is a much better option than choosing a services that doesn’t cost anything, but may be found lacking. Before you decide that free website monitoring is the way to go, here are some things you may want to consider.Sometimes You Do Indeed Get What You Pay ForAlmost all businesses that are on the Web were created with the purpose of generating revenue. If you are being offered a service like website monitoring without any costs attached, you have to ask yourself a few questions. How good can the service really be if the company is providing it free of charge? If you aren’t paying for the website monitoring service, how is the company generating its revenue? No one wakes up one day and decides to put a lot of time, effort, and money into providing quality website monitoring service without getting anything in return. If you aren’t being charged for a service, that service is likely going to be lacking in crucial features and, worse yet, the company may be using information that you provide to generate its profits.Is the Free Version of the Service Just a Lure?Oftentimes a company will offer free website monitoring service, but the “free” version of the service they provide has quite a few limitations. For example, the free version of the website monitoring service may only offer email alerts when your site goes down. If your email goes down with your site, you won’t be notified of the downtime until your email goes back up (and that will likely be when your site goes back up as well). This means that the free service doesn’t really notify you of the downtime when you need to know about it, which is the moment it occurs. However, that same service may offer additional methods of notification for a price. You find yourself paying for the service so you can get the features you want, resulting in the “free” service not really being free at all.Chances are, when you sign up for free website monitoring, you will end up paying for it eventually. Which means when you shop for a service, you need to shop for one based on the features you want and the quality of the service. It is never a wise idea to shop for any type of service based on price alone, and website monitoring service is no exception to this rule.The Bottom LineThe bottom line is that while there are free website monitoring services out there, free doesn’t equate to quality. When it comes to something as important as the uptime of your website, you do not want to leave your downtime alerts in the hands of a service that is lacking features or does not have the technology needed to truly monitor your site the way you need it to. Since every minute of downtime costs your company money, a “free” service might actually end up costing you more than a paid service would.

New Year Leads to New Travel Cover and Changes From the FSA

The last year saw major catastrophes, occurring in the travelling industry. Several airlines closed down, tens of thousands of travellers were left stranded overseas as a result, and travel agents were found to be using “misleading sales tactics” to sell holiday goers with their travel policies.As of January 2009, travel agents will need to be regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) or become Introducers or Representatives of an FSA-regulated company in order to sell travel insurance.Misleading advice
The travel insurance provider, Sainsbury’s has welcomed the change in the law, and also warned that several people are still at present falling victim to underhand and misleading sales tactics used by some unscrupulous travel agents to ensure that their policies are purchased. This has resulted in thousands of people wrongly being sold travel insurance by travel agents every year.The insurance provider also revealed that five per cent of travellers, who claim to have bought insurance from travel agents in the past 12 months, – as many as 407,000 people – were wrongly told that they could not book their holiday, unless they also took out the cover being offered by their agents at the time.Sam Marrs, Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance Manager said: “This is an alarming finding, but it will be much more difficult for rogue travel agents to do this once they are regulated by the FSA. Our research shows that up to as many as 8.14 million people could have bought insurance from travel agents over the past 12 months and the new regulation will provide consumers with valuable much needed protection.”Moreover Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance’s research also reveals that travel insurance policies sold through travel agents could potentially leave thousands of people with inadequate cover. Some 16 per cent of those who have purchased travel cover from travel agents this year claim they were not asked about any pre-existing medical conditions, slightly down from 17 per cent last year. However the problem of travel agents failing to outline what insurance does and does not cover has become worse, affecting 17 per cent of customers purchasing cover from travel agents in the past 12 months, up from 13 per cent last year”.Rescue plan from Saga
In the light of all the disruption and distress that failed airlines cause to travellers, the travel insurance provider, Saga Insurance, which specialises in insurance policies for older people; has introduced a new policy that provides cover in the event of an airline failure.A large and increasing number of older people travel independently. Saga Travel Insurance has stated that it has protected around 2 million holidays, since its inception and the breadth of cover has developed over the years in response to holiday trends and customer feedback. It was following such feedback from our intrepid over 50s customers that Saga Travel Insurance has introduced extra protection covering scheduled airline failure.In the event of the scheduled airline that the traveller is flying with goes into administration, the new cover provides up to £1,500 for each insured person, for the costs of flights paid in advance, or the cost of return flights to the UK.This cover comes into effect for new Single Trip and Annual policies purchased from the 2nd January 2009, and on Annual Travel renewals from the 25th January 2009.Paul Green, the Head of Communications at Saga Group said: “In today’s uncertain economic climate the savvy independent traveller needs to check if their insurance covers airline failure if they want to travel with confidence in 2009.”

Why Use Social Media for Your Business?

Social media is the new driving online force. What was once seen as an avenue purely for social interaction has now been embraced by the business community as a marketing opportunity. With its multitude of users from the young to the old, Facebook and Twitter have the ability to get your business found by people needing your services, because these sites allow for person-to-person networking. Building business online is all about when a potential customer types in keywords related to your business into a Google search, your business site will appear ahead of your competitors. An Adelaide SEO service such as HAPPY HOSTING is knowledgeable about building your business online buy making social media connections and our SEO Services will allow you the opportunity to see an increase in business revenue.No matter where you are starting with your small business, online marketing can help you improve your web page ranking and improve your business’s popularity. After setting up your site with the right keywords targeted to your business services or products a Facebook & Twitter profile should be set up in order to keep an online presence and help promoting online, HAPPY Hosting sets this all up for you, as well as setting up a blog for you and any other social networking site relevant to your business.A blog is good to give your customers more information about your business or give them tips and tricks that mite help them out. HAPPY Hosting sets all this up so all you need to do is post a blog once and it will automatically be posted in Facebook & Twitter and other profiles we have set up for you.When you use our an SEO services and Online Marketing, you will be gaining an advantage over your competition by increasing your visibility among the web’s billions of users.