• Usability Testing
  •     Ease of use setting up
  •     Rating
  •     Onboarding
  •     Rating
  •     Overall User Interface
  •     Rating
  • Usability Subtotal
New Relic
  • New Relic
  • Need to learn node.js and write the script by hand
  • 7
  • Wizard walks through setup.
  • 7
  • Easy to navigate
  • 9
  • 23
Dotcom-Monitor
  • Dotcom-Monitor
  • Run point and click scripting tool and save to cloud.
  • 9
  • Wizard walks through setup.
  • 7
  • Requires a little more attention to detail, could use a visual refresh
  • 8
  • 24
Nagios
  • Nagios
  • Need to learn webInject standards and write xml test cases by hand.
  • 7
  • Must install Nagios core server.
  • 6
  • Lacking a modern look, confusing when the menus disappear from some pages
  • 8
  • 21
  •  
     
  • Dotcom-Monitor tool required the lest knowledge to use.
  • 10 possible
  • The New Relic and Dotcom-Monitor wizards are easy to use.
  • 10 possible
  • New Relic has the slickest looking interface
  • 10 possible
  • 30 possible
  • Functionality Testing
  •     Monitoring Algorithm
  •     Rating
  •     Types of Monitors
  •     Rating
  •     Monitoring locations
  •     Rating
  • Functionality Subtotal
  • New Relic
  • Need to learn node.js and write the script by hand
  • 7
  • Wizard walks through setup.
  • 7
  • Easy to navigate
  • 9
  • 23
  • Dotcom-Monitor
  • Run point and click scripting tool and save to cloud.
  • 9
  • Wizard walks through setup.
  • 7
  • Requires a little more attention to detail, could use a visual refresh
  • 8
  • 24
  • Nagios
  • Need to learn webInject standards and write xml test cases by hand.
  • 7
  • Must install Nagios core server.
  • 6
  • Lacking a modern look, confusing when the menus dissappear from some pages
  • 8
  • 21
  •  
     
  • Dotcom-Monitor tool required the lest knowledge to use.
  • 10 possible
  • The New Relic and Dotcom-Monitor wizards are easy to use.
  • 10 possible
  • New Relic has the slickest looking interface
  • 10 possible
  • 30 possible
  • Feature Testing
  •     Alerts
  •     Rating
  •     Reports
  •     Rating
  •     Waterfall Chart
  •     Rating
  •     Element Level History
  •     Rating
  •     Screenshot of Errors
  •     Rating
  •     Video Capture of Errors
  •     Rating
  •     Plugin Modules
  •     Rating
  • Features Subtotal
  • New Relic
  • multiple configurations
  • 5
  • daily, weekly, monthly SLA reports
  • 9
  • Detailed
  • 1
  • Yes
  • 1
  • Yes
  • 1
  • Not Available
  • 0
  • Integration with other New Relic Tools as well as many other vendors
  • 1
  • 18
  • Dotcom-Monitor
  • multiple configurations
  • 5
  • multiple reports including SLA, executive summaries, daily weekly monthly performance
  • 8
  • Detailed
  • 1
  • Yes
  • 1
  • Yes
  • 1
  • Yes
  • 1
  • API, and integration with a few platforms
  • 1
  • 18
  • Nagios
  • multiple configurations
  • 5
  • basic status, performance
  • 7
  • Not Available
  • 0
  • Not Available
  • 0
  • Not Available
  • 0
  • Not Available
  • 0
  • Many plugins to monitor all sorts of different things and different ways to map data
  • 2
  • 14
  •  
     
  • All alerts are robust with groups and escalation chains
  • 5 possible
  • All have a number of reports, but most are not very customizable. New Relic has the most and best looking reports
  • 10 possible
  • Both New Relic and Dotcom-Monitor have detailed waterfall charts
  • 1 possible
  • Both New Relic and Dotcom-Monitor allow you to drill down into element level histories
  • 1 possible
  • Both New Relic and Dotcom-Monitor take a screenshot of errors
  • 1 possible
  • Dotcom-Monitor provides video capture of errors.
  • 1 possible
  • Nagios is the most flexible in terms of customizing the system using plugins
  • 2 possible
  • 21 possible


The right web application monitoring software makes all the difference:

  • Track web application availability / uptime
  • Measure web application performance
  • Improve web application functionality
  • Streamline management, diagnostics, troubleshooting, and mean time to repair (MTTR)
  • Enhance network infrastructure – address bottlenecks, effectively scale, better plan capacity upgrades
  • Accurate error & performance alerts –know exactly what caused the problem, as it happens
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Key Performance Indicators


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Web Application Monitoring Tools

Every day thousands of websites slow down to a crawl, sites go completely offline or suffer seemingly random issues. Many of these issues end up costing the site owners thousands of dollars in lost conversions. This site was designed to help identify the best tools to find and troubleshoot these issues and resolve the problems.

We have carefully selected and reviewed three of the top web application monitoring tools to help you determine the best way to solve your particular problems and to monitor your environments for further issues.

We understand that there are many more solutions out there, and new tools arrive on the market every day, but we feel the coverage of the tools we have focused on gives us a solid base to form the foundation of your monitoring toolset.

Key factors in web application monitoring include:

  • website uptime/downtime
  • page load speed
  • element load speed trends
  • page load speed under stress of many users
  • infrastructure capacity
  • site load trends as content increases
  • real user monitoring (RUM)
  • synthetic monitoring
  • rich internet application (RIA) monitoring

web application performance monitoring

When monitoring the status and performance of websites and web applications, there are a variety of relevant metrics to consider. For example, individual page load speed is extremely important to the overall user experience. Monitoring this particular metric can help increase your visitor retention rate while potentially reducing things like support ticket requests.

Another important metric to consider is functionality. While a shopping cart on an e-commerce website may load fast, it may not be fully-functional; thus, it is important to monitor a variety of metrics to get a complete picture of the health of your website. With this in mind, we’ve taken a number of factors into consideration when designing the comparison categories listed on this website, to account for a wide range of use cases and monitoring requirements.

This page updated on: September 27th 2016