Last modified on February 19, 2018

Web monitors check your website at the specified interval and measure the availability and response time. AlertSite provides several types of web monitors:

  • URL monitor – accesses the specified URL using an HTTP request (usually GET).

  • Real-browser monitor – accesses your website using Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer, similar to the way a real user would do it. These monitors can check one URL, as well as multi-step transactions like logging in or placing an order.

    Real-browser monitors are sometimes called DéjàClick monitors after AlertSite browser automation extension, DéjàClick.

Tutorials

If you are creating a monitor for the first time, these detailed tutorials will help you get started:

Create a URL Monitor

AlertSite UXM

  1. On the Dashboard, hover over + Add New and select Monitor.

  2. Select Web and click Single URL Monitor.

  3. Enter the URL to be monitored.

    Creating an URL monitor
  4. If you have multiple AlertSite plans, select the plan to be used.

    Note: For local network URLs monitored only from Private Node Server locations, select the InSite or VM Node plan.
  5. (Optional.) Select a browser for AlertSite to access your site using a real browser instead of an emulated one.

  6. Click Edit Configurations.

  7. On the next screen, you can select the monitoring locations, run interval and configure other settings for your monitor. See Website Monitor Settings and Selecting Locations for Monitoring.

  8. Once ready, click Start Monitoring Now!

AlertSite 1.0

  1. Navigate to Configure > Sites and click Add a new site at the upper right.

    AlertSite 1.0: Add a new site

    Click the image to enlarge it.

  2. Configure the monitor as follows:

    • Site Name – The monitor name that will be displayed in AlertSite dashboards, alerts and reports.

    • Site Plan – The billing plan for this monitor.

    • URL – The URL of the web page to monitor.

    • Check Every – Select how often the monitor will check your website. Possible values depend on the selected Site Plan.

  3. Click Submit.

  4. You can now select monitoring locations and other monitoring settings. Configure them as required. For the available settings, see Website Monitor Settings.

  5. Click Test On Demand to make sure your website monitor is configured and functions correctly.

Create a Real-Browser Monitor

This creates a real-browser monitor for just one URL. If you need a multi-step monitor (like the login procedure or order checkout process), record the transaction in your browser as explained below.

  1. On the Dashboard, hover over+ Add New, then select Monitor from the dropdown.

  2. Select Web and click Single URL Monitor.

  3. Enter the URL to be monitored.

    Creating a real-browser monitor
  4. If you have multiple AlertSite plans, select the plan to be used.

    Note: For local network URLs monitored only from Private Node Server locations, select the InSite or VM Node plan.
  5. Select the browser to emulate – Chrome or Firefox.

  6. Click Edit Configurations.

  7. On the next screen, you can select the monitoring locations, run interval and configure other settings for your monitor. See Real-Browser Monitor (DéjàClick) Settings and Selecting Locations for Monitoring.

  8. Once ready, click Start Monitoring Now.

Record a Multi-Step Transaction

To create monitors for multi-step transactions like placing an order or logging in, you need to record these transactions in your browser. You can record transactions in Chrome and Firefox using the AlertSite browser recorder extension, DéjàClick. You can install DéjàClick for Chrome and Firefox from here:

https://dejaclick.alertsite.com/downloads.html

Recording tips:

  • Record small, modular transactions. For example, one for the login and another for the signup. This makes it easier to troubleshoot and fix monitoring issues.

  • Allow each page to get fully loaded before proceeding.

For more information about using the DéjàClick recorder, see DéjàClick User Guide.

Record in Chrome

  1. On the Dashboard, hover over+ Add New, then select Monitor from the dropdown.

  2. Select Web and click Record and Monitor.

    Recording a transaction
  3. Enter the name for the transaction.

  4. If you have multiple AlertSite plans, select the plan to be used.

    Note: For local web applications that you will monitor from Private Node Server locations, select the InSite or VM Node plan.
  5. Select the browser that will be used to run (not record) the transaction in the monitoring locations – Chrome or Firefox.

  6. Click Start Recording Now. This will start the DéjàClick recorder.

  7. In the DéjàClick window, click  Begin recording.

  8. Open the starting URL of your transaction and perform the actions you want to record: click links, submit forms, and so on.

  9. To add content validations, click Validate and click the text on the page that you want to verify.

  10. When finished, click Stop Stop recording in the DéjàClick window.

  11. Click Replay Replay to play back the recorded script to make sure it works correctly.

  12. Click  Upload to upload the recorded transaction to AlertSite.

Record in Firefox

Once you have the DéjàClick recorder installed in Firefox, you will see this toolbar:

DejaClick toolbar in Firefox
  1. Click Record Record to start the recording.

  2. Open the starting URL of your transaction and perform the actions you want to record: click links, submit forms, and so on.

  3. To add content validations, click Validate and click the text on the page that you want to verify.

  4. To finish the recording, click Stop Stop recording.

  5. Click Replay Replay to play back the recorded script to make sure it works correctly.

  6. When finished, click  Remote Services, select AlertSite Login and enter your AlertSite login and password.

  7. To upload the recorded transaction to AlertSite, click Upload again and select Upload Recording.

  8. Enter the transaction name, run interval, and the browser to emulate (it can be other than Firefox). Select your AlertSite plan and click OK.

    Upload Recording dialog
  9. You will be redirected to AlertSite, where you can review and change other monitoring settings.

  10. Click Submit to complete the monitor configuration.

See Also

Website Monitor Settings
Real-Browser Monitor (DéjàClick) Settings