I was recently asked what tools do I use on a regular basis. As I thought about the question I realized that I have a heavy load of links, apps, and tools that I use frequently for administration of my sites. I decided I would put a list of these tools together for other administrators. My next series will contain downloadable tools
Online tools - Tools that are available online to help with the administration of IIS and web servers. Please add comments or additional tools that I may have missed:
Netcraft - (www.netcraft.com) - allows you to see web server surveys and check popularity and uptime. Very useful when checking to see your sites uptime and also other sites technology and server
DnsStuff - (www.dnsstuff.com) - Great site for looking up your DNS information and WHOIS. Test and configure you DNS to see if it is running and functioning. Invaluable when setting up email systems and backup email systems.
Domaintools – (www.domaintools.com) – See what your site has to say. Check domain names, and information around your domain. SEO information and keywords.
Alexa – (www.alexa.com) – Site ranking and traffic usage. Very good for an administrator to see what traffic and usage is in comparison to other sites.
Google apps – (www.google.com/a) – One of the best ways to provide email for smaller clients
Google analytics – (www.google.com/analytics) – You can’t beat the price (free) a great stats and web analytics program.
Montastic - (www.montastic.com) – A free online tool that will monitor uptime and notify you when site is unavailable
Google Webmaster tools – (www.google.com/webmasters/tools) – Submit your site, find out stats on when your site is crawled.
Webmaster tools – (www.iwebtool.com/tools/) – Great listing of tools for a webmaster to use.
Port80 Software – (www.port80software.com/tools/testyoursite.asp) – Check your site (IIS) for compression and cache.