Here in the office we are always on the look out for new software or tools that can help automate or make our workload easier. I hope to start a new series called Tuesdays Toolkit but we’ll see how it goes; I have plenty of tools to share with you but I may not always be able to commit enough time on a Tuesday…
This weeks Toolkit is for those of you who want to keep an eye on how often your website goes down. Let’s face it – Downtime happens. Your web host may say they have a 99.9% SLA but you need a way to monitor these outages. I recently discovered Uptime Robot – a web-based monitor that checks websites (amongst other things) every 5 minutes to see if it is UP or DOWN. Here’s a screenshot showing its dashboard for our own website.
As you can see it monitors your uptime from the last 24 hours, 7 days and 30 days.
This is great for web developers like us who host 100’s of websites. It’s also interesting for us to monitor different hosts to see who performs and who does not.
You can sign up for a free plan to try it out and get 2 months of logs.
We have clients on shared hosting platforms, VPS servers and dedicated WordPress hosts. Our clients have sites hosted with big names such as Heart Internet, SiteGround, Hostpapa, WP-Engine and more as well as several local ISPs.