Orlando, FL (PRWEB) December 6, 2008
This holiday season, it is more important than ever that business owners with websites do not suffer any downtime or website outages, according to Steve Walterhouse, vice president of Web Service Guard, a website monitoring company.
Why? Because shoppers are migrating online in bigger numbers than ever, and in this strained economy, no business owner can afford to lose customers to a website outage.
According to Forrester Research, online retail sales are expected to to grow 12 percent, to $44 billion, this year. In comparison, offline sales are expected to experience zero to 2 percent growth, according to the National Retail Foundation.
Clearly, online is where the money is - unless your business website goes down this holiday season and you don't know about it for hours or days.
"Many online retailers are experiencing website outages due to higher than normal internet traffic this holiday season. Business executives should not leave their revenues to chance by assuming their web hosting department or partner is meeting the challenge. For less than the price of a cup of coffee, business executives can insure their online revenue stream by being the first to know about a critical outage," according to Steve Walterhouse, Vice President of Operations for http://www.webserviceguard.com. "The simple registration requires no software download, install, or system privileges, and can easily be completed in 5 minutes or less."
With Web Service Guard's monitoring services, customers are notified immediately if their website experiences a service interruption, so that they can address the problem and restore service immediately.
An average business owner with a website will experience at least one hour of IT failure a month - and may never even realize it, Walterhouse said.
With more customers than ever flocking to online stores, and retail sales flat and sinking, keeping your website up and running is not a luxury, it's a necessity.