Retooling your Web site: Page 3

Posted December 1, 1999
By

David Strom

David Strom


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CompanySleuth is aimed more at tracking financial performance, and contains such things as when insiders trade their stocks, when various people post to the finance bulletin boards, and when any new corporate financial filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission happen. Tracerlock just scans lots of Web pages and looks for particular keywords. It is a good first-line notification of when someone has linked to your site, or mentioned your name or your company on their Web site. It isn't complete, it isn't perfect, but for the price and the minimal amount of time involved in setting it up, it offers tremendous value for tracking who is saying what about your company.

Once you have your management act together, the next step is to examine your overall site performance and look at ways to decrease network latency to your visitors. I'll be back to talk about the evolving world of caching technologies and services available. //

About the author:

David Strom was the founding editor-in-chief of Network Computing magazine and has written over a thousand articles for dozens of computer trade publications. He publishes Web Informant, a weekly guide to new Web technologies, trends, and services and is a frequent speaker at industry events including Next Generation Networks and Networld+Interop. He can be reached at david@strom.com.

Web-management technologies
Product / Vendor Price Function
App Manager Suite, NetIQ Corp. $2,500+ Windows software that monitors NT services only, but includes a wide range of support for Exchange, SQL Server, and connectors to management frameworks such as Tivoli, Unicenter TNG, and Open View.
CompanySleuth from Infonautics Inc. free Net-based service that keeps track of stock prices and investor information on a series of target companies, and sends daily e-mail reports.
Manage.Com varies Service provider that can manage the entire e-commerce path and processes.
Serversitter, FastFocus Systems Inc. $349 Hardware card for NT, Windows 95/98 servers that will automatically reboot a hung server.
Site Watch 2000 from NET Resolve/3net Communications Corp. varies Net-based service to monitor your site from dozens of different locations around the Net.
Sitescope, and SiteSeer, Freshwater Software Inc. SiteScope, $495-$1,295 SiteScope is software that monitors NT and UNIX servers. SiteSeer is a Net-based service to keep track of particular servers and URLs. Both provide various kinds of notification.
SiteSeer, Freshwater Software, $995-$3, 495/yr
Tracerlock, from Peacefire.org free Net-based service that looks for mentions of keywords across the entire Web and sends daily e-mail reports with URLs.
Uptime, from Phil Greenspun free Net-based service that keeps track of particular servers and URLs and sends notification via e-mail when unable to connect.
WebPartner, from Vertical Software Inc. free Net-based service that keeps track of particular servers and URLs and sends notification via e-mail when unable to connect.
WhatsUp Gold, from Ipswitch Inc. $695 Windows software that provides notification and monitors a range of devices, including hosts, servers, and hubs.





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