Documentation forSolarWinds Observability

Add a website

To monitor your website with SolarWinds Observability, specify the following information:

  1. In SolarWinds Observability, click Add Data in the upper-right corner.

  2. In the Add Data dialog, click Website.

  3. Enter a name to identify your website entity.

  4. Enter the URL of the website. The URL can be made up of either a domain name or an IPv4 address, and if desired, can include a port number. It is not necessary to include the protocol in the URL.

    The URL entered must be a valid URL that loads a webpage. If a webpage does not exist at the exact URL entered, availability tests will return an error.

  5. Under Monitoring options, toggle the Availability Monitoring toggle to On, and then click Next.

  6. Under Protocol, select the protocol(s) used to communicate with the website.

    You can select more than one protocol, based on how the website is configured.

    The number of tests configured is calculated by multiplying the number of Protocols you select times the number of Test from locations you select. For example, if you select 2 protocols and 7 different cities, the number of tests configured equals 14 (2x7). That results in 14 tests that run per interval.
  7. Under Test from, select the locations from which to test the website.

    1. Select Regions, Countries, or Cities to specify how granular you want the location choices to be.

      For example, if you select Countries, the dropdown menu lists the countries you can test from. Tests are sent from all probe locations in the countries you select.

    2. Select a region, country, or city from the dropdown menu.

      Each location is represented as a shaded box.

      You can select more locations from the dropdown menu as needed or click the X to remove a location.

  8. Under Test interval, specify how frequently you want the tests to run.

    Probes are sent simultaneously from all test locations at the selected interval.

  9. To send custom request headers with the tests, click Request headers. The headers currently configured to be sent by the probes with each test are shown.

    1. Click Add Header.

    2. Select a Header name from the dropdown menu and enter a value in the Header value field.

    3. Repeat these steps for each additional header you want sent with the tests.

  10. If you want to verify whether specific text content exists in the page at the URL entered, click Check for string. Select Contains or Does not contain from the dropdown and enter a string of text in the field provided. This field is not case sensitive.

    The test will look anywhere in the HTML of your website for the string. If you selected Contains and the text is not found, the test will be considered down. Similarly, if you selected Does not contain and the text was found, the test will be considered down.

  11. Click Next.

  12. Review the summary of your configuration for accuracy, and then click Add Website.

  13. When you complete the configuration, SolarWinds Observability displays data collected for the Website entity. See Entity Explorer for details.

See SolarWinds Observability introduction for an overview of Website entities and how they work in SolarWinds Observability.