Website Monitoring Service

[ad]I use Site24x7 for my website monitoring service – it’s nice because you can be notified via email and/or SMS whenever your site goes down. Sorry, it’s not free – I only use it because I signed up when they started and was grandfathered in. The website I’ve been working on has recently been having a lot of problems and I wanted to keep close tabs on it. This runs into a problem because Site24x7 only allows a maximum of 5 minute intervals for site requests.

A quick search on Google found HostTracker. It’s a handy web tool which does every Site24x7 can do (as far as I can tell). Better than that though, the 30 day trial allows up to 1 minute site request intervals…bingo! Very handy. The site is very easy to use and very helpful. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try.

The Gratitude Campaign

This is obviously an aside to the web tools I usually post about.

As the son of a 20+ year, 3 time war Army vet and brother of a ROTC cadet, I feel the need to help spread the word about a new effort to show our gratitude for our brave armed forces.

From an email I received:

Have you ever seen one of our military walking past you and wanted to convey
to them your thanks, but weren’t sure how or it felt awkward?

Recently, a gentleman from Seattle created a gesture which could be used and
has started a massive movement to get the word out.

Please everybody take just a moment to watch…. The Gratitude Campaign
…and then forward it to your friends!

Click on below.

http://www.gratitudecampaign.org/shortmovie.php

Valid Google PageRank for each server

DigPageRank Logo[ad]I just thought I’d share the site that I use to find my sites’ PR. I use DigPageRank. The site is a very useful tool. Obviously, there are a lot of PR tools out there, but I find this one particularly useful because it’s simple and it returns results from multiple servers, which can be useful in verifying it’s validity – which is also another nice feature that the site boasts.

Link: http://www.digpagerank.com/

Hash Generator – MD5, MD4, SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512, and more

I’ve created a script that will hash a given string with 38 different algorithms. The algorithms are listed below.

Demo: http://www.randomtools.net/scripts/hash.php

HTML Form:

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<form method="post" action="">
	<p>Key to hash: <input type="text" name="key" /> <button type="submit">Submit</button></p>
</form>

PHP Source Code:

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<?php
if (isset($_POST['key'])) {
	$key = $_POST['key'];
	echo '<hr /><ul>';
	foreach (hash_algos() as $algo) {
		echo '<li><strong>', $algo, ':</strong> <input type="text" value="', hash($algo, $key), '" onclick="this.select();" /></li>'; 
	}
	echo '</ul>';
} else {
	echo '<p><strong>This will generate hash codes for the following algorithms:</strong> ', implode(', ', hash_algos()), '</p>';
}
?>

Included hash types:

  • md2
  • md4
  • md5
  • sha1
  • sha256
  • sha384
  • sha512
  • ripemd128
  • ripemd160
  • ripemd256
  • ripemd320
  • whirlpool
  • tiger128,3
  • tiger160,3
  • tiger192,3
  • tiger128,4
  • tiger160,4
  • tiger192,4
  • snefru
  • gost
  • adler32
  • crc32
  • crc32b
  • haval128,3
  • haval160,3
  • haval192,3
  • haval224,3
  • haval256,3
  • haval128,4
  • haval160,4
  • haval192,4
  • haval224,4
  • haval256,4
  • haval128,5
  • haval160,5
  • haval192,5
  • haval224,5
  • haval256,5

Useful SEO tools, etc.

Estibot LogoI consider myself somewhat of a domainer, so I’m always trying to keep a good overall look over the industry so I know what’s going to happen before others do. When I find domains or sites I might be interested in, I typically do some quick research on them. I also like to keep a good handle on the statistics for my sites and how their keywords are operating.

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The following is a list of random web tools I use nearly on a day-to-day basis in no particular order.

  • Estibot
    • This is a nice tool for evaluating the potential value of a domain. It uses several techniques including keyword value and frequency, domain length, TLD (top-level-domain) value, domain registration length, Google PageRank, etc. to produce a handy (generally somewhat realistic) domain valuation. Keep in mind that a domain or site is always worth what someone is willing to pay for it, so make sure you do far more research than just this.
  • DNScoop
    • This tool is very similar to estibot, except that it uses a slightly different algorithm to determine the valuation and has a slightly nicer interface, though Estibot is faster.
  • Nameboy
    • Again, this tool is similar to the other two. I would use it more, but it delivers the results via email which sometimes can take a while and be a pain. Oh well, it’s still free!
  • Dope Domains
    • This site has a very simple idea to it. It automatically spiders sites like TDNAM (GoDaddy’s domain after-market) and Sedo for the latest and greatest expiring domains. The filters are nice so that you are able to spot out domains you’re interested in by TLD and/or categories like domains with traffic, short domains, dictionary domains, etc.
  • DigitalPoint Forums
    • This site is a very large, active community with a small proportion of helpful people. They will give you their insight on the good, the bad, and the ugly of your domains and sites (sometimes whether you want it or not). It’s also a good place to buy and sell domains, sites, and services.
  • NamePros Forums
    • This site is very similar to DP (DigitalPoint). I have lost interest in it because it seems to be less active and people seem less helpful.