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Trying out website tools: CloudFlare & Pingdom


About 6 years ago I was already making websites of my own, aside from programming, which is what I really want, the task includes general management on parts of SEO and other optimization; So I was using tools back then to improve the website; Like Google Analytics, Google Webmaster tools, Google Optimizer (wow, all Google) and other stuffs. About 2 years later I was employed as a (real) programmer while still studying, so I was distracted from managing my own websites. I recently had the passion to re-do my 6 years-ago interest of making my own websites and I'm now trying out some tools that I didn't had back then:
  1. Cloudflare
  2. Pingdom
This 2 free tools promises some nice and free features for websites.

Cloudflare

I don't even know what category this falls. but here's some of what it does:
  1. It protects your website from DDOS(that's how I discovered this, our president's website remained protected while other goverment websites are being hacked by hackers calling themselves "The Anonymous" )
  2. It minimizes and caches your website assets (css, js, images)
  3. It offers some tools like analytics and browser  compatibility scripts without making you change your source code

Pingdom

Uptime and loading speed monitoring tool - It offers free service and even has SMS notification feature for the free account; However the SMS is limited to 20 texts. It texted me 4 times because of my server downtime (mostly my fault). It also offers an analytics tool that will monitor the loading speed statistics for your real visitors.

Conclusion

Such tools is best for websites with large traffic, but it is good to explore new technologies such as these; Who knows, I might find these tools necessary anytime soon ;)

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