Some of you should be noticed this section (previously known as “Uptime”), box in red in the above screenshot, on our Facebook page for a while now. As you may know, our website may occasionally go offline (server hangs, restarts, error serving page, etc…) which are beyond our control. Our website is generally stable and seldom goes offline for extended period of time, but when that happens, it is good to keep you informed as well.
Facebook and Twitter can fill in this gap as they are located off-site and they have the budget (and incentive) to keep their website almost 100% online and available to everyone. It is also not possible to us to constantly monitor and update there whenever the website is offline, so we have engaged the service of 3rd party service providers to show the site availability as they check our website at regular intervals.
Our site monitoring services are provided by:
- Pingdom, monitoring every 1 minute since 30th July 2009
- Hyperspin, monitoring every 1 hour since 8th April 2006
The links to these services can be found on our Facebook page under the “Boxes” tab.
So with this, the next time Dragons Online! appears to be offline, you should know where to find out and confirm our site availability!
Update: See my follow-up post on Site Availability on Twitter