Seravo Plugin – Site Status

The site status page is an excellent way to get a quick overview of your site and its status. You can easily view the basic site information and statistics such as HTTP requests and the site's disk usage, as well as more detailed reports with the Go Access report that is available for each month. Additionally, you can see and test the status of caching for your site, manage the shadows linked to the site, manage the built-in image optimizer's settings and run speed test to your site.

All of the postboxes on these pages are freely movable and can be organized in the way that best suits your individual workflows. They cannot be hidden, but closing a postbox will keep it minimized until it's manually opened again, which makes it handy if you rarely need certain information, but want to keep it at hand just in case.

Site Information

Site information lists the basic details related to the site. Here you can see the site name, creation date, the plan the site is currently on, the contact details of your account manager if your site has an enterprise plan, and the technical contacts for the site. These contacts are especially important, as we use the email addresses added here as the point of contact in case your site experiences issues. We also use these to validate whether or not a specific person has the right to send us customer support requests related to the site. More information about the technical contacts can be found in the Seravo Plugin – Upkeep article, where you can also modify the contacts associated with your site.

HTTP Request Statistics

We don't sell server resources to our customers, but instead we measure the number of HTTP requests that are made each month. These HTTP request numbers are used to determine the suitable service plan for the site, so keeping an eye on these is useful for site owners as well. 

An easy way to understand what HTTP requests are and why they matter, is to look at them as individual items being requested from our servers, and our servers providing the requested resource to the user's browser, that made the request when visiting your website. If, for example, your front page has 40 different items, elements, scripts and other components that together make the actual page itself, then each user who visits the front page will make 40 HTTP requests. That number usually goes down if caching is enabled, thus a repeat visit or another page might only create about four to five new HTTP requests. We highly recommend making sure your site is caching correctly to ensure the best performance without unnecessary costs!

Clicking the View report button allows you to see the more detailed report for each individual month.

Speed Test

Speed test measures how fast the WordPress is able to generate the HTML from the PHP file. The test is run on the server side so internet latency is not part of the test. Neither are the other elements of the page, such as images.

Cached latency measures how fast the cached version of the page is. It should always be  faster on average than the non-cached version.

By default the speed test runs on the front page when the button is clicked, but you can add location to the end of the url to run the test on other pages.

In the admin bar there is the Speed Test button that is a shortcut to run the speed test in the current page. It takes the current url and runs the speed test using it. It can not be run in wp-admin.

Disk Usage

The doughnut chart shows how much space is used out of the disk space included in your plan. Below that, you can see a list of directories and their sizes. The list is dynamic in such a way that it shows known directories that can commonly grow quite large but also any directories that have become exceptionally large in size.

Do note, since log and backup directories do not count against your quota, they are not listed by default. However, if a log directory, for example, starts growing really large, it will be listed so that possible issues can be detected.

If you see that your site has more than ten times the size of the /data/wordpress worth of backups, it's most likely that you are using a backup plugin. This causes multiple copies of the site being backed up to our system, which might cause trouble, especially if a backup needs to be restored. We recommend you read more about our recommended plugins and the plugins we consider unnecessary, banned and malicious in our documentation.

Cache Status

Caching is often one of the hardest things to get right on a website, which is why we've built a handy tool right into WordPress that allows you to quickly see the hit rate of your Redis memory cache and the long-term HTTP cache. It also allows you to test your cache, so you can quickly see if something is wrong and the site is not caching correctly.

After pressing the Run cache tests button, you can click the Toggle Details arrow to see the full details of our cache testing.

Shadows

Staging environments, or shadows as we affectionately call them, are a convenient way to test modifications, updates and changes on sites, without actually having to test them on the live version of the site. Shadows are exact copies of the production site, but hidden from the public eye with the help of cookies. You can read more about shadows and how to use them in our developer documentation.

If you have shadows available for the site, they are listed here. You can see more information, including the SSH port, of the shadow by clicking the row.

The Reset button will reset the the shadow. This means that the contents of the shadow will be overwritten by the current state of the production instance. The feature is very useful for bringing new content from production to the shadow if you wish to see how it behaves with potential modifications.

Note that if your shadow uses a custom domain, you need to run wp search-replace in the shadow to replace the production site domain with the custom domain after resetting the shadow. This way the shadow stays accessible after reset.

There is also an option to have the shadow use a specific URL, such as a subdomain like staging.example.com. This can be requested from our customer service, but do note, that you should be comfortable with running search-replace and know how WordPress handles siteurl in its options and the database in general.

Optimize Images

This is where you can control the built-in image optimization tool that is available for all of our clients. More information about how you can use it to optimize the images on your site can be found in our Optimizing Images article. The simplest way? Just tick the Optimize Images box and click Save, we'll handle the rest.

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