You've poured vision, time, energy, money, and dreams into your web site. How do you figure out how all that work you've done is performing? You want to maximize traffic and revenues without overloading your systems, plan for the future, and make sure that any mistakes you make are made quickly - and fixed quickly. Maximizing return on your website investment means constant examination of how the site is doing. "Watching Websites" will show you how to keep track of how your site is performing on the server end, connecting with users on the interface side, and comparing with the competition when it's time to look around. Techniques covered include a combination of historical and live reporting, going way beyond classic logfile analysis or even the analytic tools advertisers provide. "Watching Websites" will give you the tools you need to make your users happy, your system administrators happy, and in the end, to make your businesspeople happy.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Alistair Croll is an analyst at research firm Bitcurrent, where he covers emerging web technologies, networking, and online applications. Prior to Bitcurrent, Alistair co-founded Coradiant, a leader in online user monitoring, as well as research firm Networkshop. He has held product management positions with 3Com Corporation, Primary Access, and Eicon Technology. Alistair contributes to industry events such as Interop (where he runs the Cloud Computing and SaaS tracks), Structure, Mesh and Web2Expo. He also writes for a variety of blogs ( http://www.linkedin.com/in/alistaircroll) and is the author of numerous articles on Internet performance, security, cloud computing, and web technologies. Alistair co-authored Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Applications (1999) from Prentice-Hall. Sean Power spends way too much time on the computer and needs to get out more. He has worked as a web systems administrator since the mid 90s, has worked with online communities for companies such as MTV Northern Europe, and helped users reduce the headaches of managing and monitoring web infrastructures through Coradiant, a web performance monitoring vendor. Prior to working at Coradiant, he was technical reviewer for the Addison-Wesley book Troubleshooting Linux Firewalls. Sean is currently working as community gardener for Akoha, a company pioneering the industry of "social games", where he handles all things community and analytics. This puts a mile on his face, and lets him sleep well at night. He completes his full plate by supporting the companion website to the book he wrote with Alistair Croll, Complete Web Monitoring, published by O'Reilly. In his spare time, Sean makes sure that servers stay up and curses spammers in the EFnet IRC community and occasionally updates his personal music related blog, when he's not writing web optimization articles. You can hear him ramble away on his twitter account at http://twitter.com/seanpower, find out more about him on LinkedIn profile, or read about other stuff he's thinking of at the website he shares with Alistair, Complete Web Monitoring.