You have developed a wonderful website or blog and hosted in a reliable server. Now you need to keep an eye on the availability of the website.
Virtually no hosting provider gives 100% uptime but many good hosting providers offer 99.9% uptime. Even if the uptime is 99.9% the website will be down for 8 hours, 45 minutes, 36 seconds in an year.
But how do you check the availability of the website or blog and get alerted whenever the site is down? Many hosting providers inform the webmaster well before planned maintenance outage. But other issues also can block the availability of the website. One common scenario is the “Database connection” error. if your website is hosted in a shared environment which share a common database server then sometimes the long running connection threads may block new connections.
There are many free and paid services which offers website, server,Port, POP, SMTP Service and traffic monitoring. Monitoring a web server means much more than website monitoring and will monitor if one or all of his services go down. But usually for websites and blogs web server monitoring is not required especially if it is a shared hosting.
On the other hand Website monitoring is important for website owners. Website monitoring helps to ensure that the sites are live and responding. This is essential to ensure that a website is available to users and downtime is minimized.
Website monitoring service can be used to monitor HTTP and HTTPS pages, FTP, SMTP, POP3, IMAP, DNS, SSH, Telnet, SSL, TCP, PING, Domain Name Expiry, SSL Certificate Expiry etc.
Let us check few of the best and well know website monitoring services.
MON.ITOR.US is one of the most popular website monitoring service. Mon.itor.us free external monitoring service provides unlimited number of monitors with advanced dashboard and Real time charts etc. Apart from this and if your are a software developer or who knows programming the Mon.itor.us APIs and command line tools can be used to build add-ons or embed mon.itor.us into applications.
Site24x7 offers 3 types of accounts – Free, Professional & Enterprise. Free account supports only ‘website’ monitors and 60 min & above plans. Still it is worth trying if you have no plans for Professional & Enterprise plans.
Pingdom perhaps the most popular website monitoring service. Using Pingdom you can monitor websites, mail servers, DNS servers, FTP servers, networks etc. Pingdom offer a free account that allows you to monitor one website and includes 20 SMS alerts and Email alerts by default. Apart from Uptime reports Pingdom also provides Response time reports , Multiple check locations, Error analysis etc. This is a very useful service. If you are a developer or programmer you can use the Pingdom REST API or SOAP API to access all the data and settings in your Pingdom account.
WatchMouse is another popular website monitoring service. The service checks performance from 58 stations in 37 countries. Provides extensive reporting and alerting. The free plan includes a 20 minute monitor and 2 SMS alerts. But the negative point of free plan is that you need to add WatchMouse uptime banner on your websites homepage.
5. was it up?
was it up is a website monitoring service that poll your site every 5 minutes. You can monitor 10 sites per account. You can try this service which looks cool.
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