If you run a site, you will at some point in time encounter a site outage.
That is not only with a Joomla site, it can also happen with WordPress or Drupal or any other Content Management System.
I am now talking about the fact that a complete server is down or that the Internet Connection of you Hosting Provider makes it impossible to reach your website.
No, the error I am talking about is that the connection to your database is lost…
In Joomla there is a special page that is presented to you visitors telling them there is something wrong, asking them to contact the administrator.
Now that is nice.. or isn't it?
…ehhh how do I contact the System Administrator?
Change the Standard
Well in a standard installation you get these lines in your Global Configuration.
And most of use leave it as it is… of you take the site offline for maintenance it works just fine, so why change anything?
The second field in you Global Configuration is where you should make a little change.
Just ad a line with your email code in it like Hummerbie ( at ) Gmail (dot) com
Its even possible to change your entire offline page if you want to, but thats an whole other issue.
For now its really important that you know of your site outage before Google takes you out of the Index… and that can happen withing 48 hours if you have a really busy website.
Besides the contact information that you can easily edit into the Global configuration there is also an external service that can monitor your website for you.
Site24x7 gives you the opportunity to check you site one per hour and in case off a failed check you can get an email,sms or RSS alert.
Its free for up to 2 domains, but the paid service comes at a small price starting from $0,50 USD per month per domain..
Here is my configuration:
This is a check for the keywords in the error page.
And yes, there are reports with graphics and data to see the response times of the site.
Definitely worth a try , but just one warning… you might find out your have to talk to, or even change your hosting provider if you don't like what you see…