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Use New Relic: An Intuitive, Powerful System for Application Monitoring

Updated on August 1, 2018

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Since the advancements in the hosting industry, server and application monitoring very much depend on the applications and services used. It only takes a workflow service to boost the processes or to stop them to be paralyzed. For example, many use central web applications to organize their internal workflows. These include solutions such as New Relic, which make it easier to manage and monitor application on different levels.

New Relic: An Overview

New Relic is an Application Performance Management (APM) used by teams for application monitoring to maximize the productivity and minimize the downtime by looking at different stats responsible for overall application performance.

Modern web requires attention to small details as even bits of information can make a huge difference in providing a better user experience to the end user. New Relic application monitoring tool reveals these parameters to developers who can take them further into consideration and make appropriate changes where needed to improve the performance of the WordPress site.

New Relic Dashboard

Another distinguishing feature the application monitoring tool offers is the ability to track performance in real time. This is critical if the site has unpredictable traffic flow and business can not afford the downtime. Today New Relic has become an important tool in developer’s toolkit which is used increasingly by developers due to its high reliability and extraordinary functionalities.

Features of New Relic

Soon after activating New Relic application monitoring on your server, it starts throwing useful data regarding your application health. Data is consist of memory, CPU consumption, requests transaction, and other system operations. In-depth insight is available for developers who can assess code and see identify the blocks causing performance issues. Its developer’s feature also highlights the SQL queries handled by the server sent from the application. In case of multiple entries, developers can trace the code and rectify the problem.

application performance monitoring tool dashboard

Besides sending stacks and stacks of application metrics, New Relic is also able to send you business metrics that help you in determining how well the application is performing and what is the end user’s feedback like. This includes a total number of logins, signups, and orders placed etc.

Server resources can be analyzed with this tool. It gives an idea of the levels at which your website might crash due to heavy traffic. If you are hosting your site on Cloudways it can easily be scaled and resources can be managed to accommodate a spike in traffic flow. If not, then you can act as soon as you see your application’s slope is getting steeper.

Application Monitoring

The main objective of the New Relic tool is application monitoring. Here you receive real-time performance data of your application. This data is visualized in different charts and tables for easy analysis.

APM tool graphs

Application insights taken from AMP is very precise and let you identify the exact spot which is causing issues. It supports multiple languages hence, it can trace code errors easily in almost all kinds of applications.

New Relic is integrated with the Cloudways Platform and can be accessed through the server dashboard.

After logging in to the Cloudways Platform, go to Servers from the top menu bar, choose the desired server and click on Manage Services to ensure that New Relic service is enabled.

hosting manage services

Now click on Monitoring tab and choose Application to launch the New Relic App Monitoring application.

accessing application monitoring

Once the application is launched, you will see the list of the application installed on your server.

APM List

Select the application you would like to monitor from the list and the live stats will be populated on its dashboard.

APM Dashboard

APM Dashboard is the most useful place for most of the developers. This window contains all the options for various features.

apm dashboard

Transactions: Transaction tab shows all the transactions happening on your application. It can be a call to the function, database query or record insertion. All of this flow of activity is counted under a transaction.

WordPress: This is a WordPress-specific feature where you can trace the hooks and functions involved in the WordPress website. This gives in-depth application insights into how well your WordPress hosting is working which is ideal for theme developers who can optimize their themes using this tool.

Database: As the name suggests, this deals with database queries and how each query is handled by the database. If there is any duplication or the data is not being inserted or accessed, it can highlight all those parameters.

Error Analytics: This window gives complete detail of the errors encountered by your website through any transaction. It could be an error occurring at the client or at the server side. It does not only logs the errors but process the data to present in a useful shape that can easily be analyzed by the developers.

Deployments: This application monitoring module keeps a track of new deployments and their impact on the user experience. It looks for response time, errors and other useful details to give an insight into what went wrong and what was improved from the previous build.

SLA: Service Level Agreement (SLA) feature of the New Relic application monitoring dashboard lets its users compare performance for a specific time frame and let them optimize it for peak hours. It shows the downtime and highlights the parameters involved in that so the development team can work on it. This kind of report shows the trend of the overall application which reflects its behavior over the course of time.

apm sla graph

Scalability: Scalability analysis report is another type of report New Relic application performance monitoring offers. This report shows response time, database utilization, application insights, and CPU resource utilization. This highlights the possible hardware tweaking and identifies the possible changes needed in hardware to accommodate the resources your application requires.

apm scalability

Background Jobs: This section handles the background jobs running on your application. As per the requirements, developers can configure these background jobs which are helpful in capturing targeted data required for the specific feature.

Final Thoughts

In the article above we saw how New Relic can help the teams in making their application perform better. This is an advanced tool and a must-have utility for advanced web and mobile environment. Configuring New Relic with any application is easy and new relic documentation covers every aspect of the application monitoring.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is an APM monitoring tool?

APM stands of Application Performance Monitoring and is used to identify and diagnose problems in an application. This problem canan cause error and crashes, therefore, it is important to highlight them and fix them for sending it to production.

What is meant by application monitoring?

It is a process which makes sure that the specific application or software is running the way it is designed for and if not then what parameters are involved in creating problems? At times it is difficult to identify problems just by running usual QA tests. Application monitoring with tools like New Relic exposes minor errors to developers.

What is the use of a performance monitor?

Every software or application is developed to serve a particular purpose and besides features, it is also important to check the resources it utilizes. If the utilization is beyond what was expected then it requires tweaking to make optimal.

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Ibad Ur Rehman

Ibad Ur Rehman is a WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways. He likes to explore latest open-source technologies and to interact with different communities. In his free time he likes to read, watch a series or fly his favorite Cessna 172SP in X Plane 10 flight simulator.

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