30 Incredibly Useful Tools to Monitor Your Website Uptime

April 17, 2011 · 16 comments

by Dustin Betonio

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Website downtime can infuriate us and in some cases do much worse. It can affect user confidence, loyalty and ultimately eat into your bottom line. If you own a website, web server or a blog then you will surely need some tools to monitor your site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as it would be impossible for you to keep an eye on your website by just sitting down and staring on your monitor.

Web monitoring tools help discover and in some cases prevent system downtime. This is typically done by configuring probes that ping servers or request web pages to validate the response. Good solutions offer tests performed from various locations and low delays between tests e.g. less than 5 minutes. Also in case an incident is encountered it is important what the monitoring system is capable of doing. The more information collected when your site is down the better as this can be used for determining what went wrong and if it was a local or “global” problem. Since maintaining a website can be equivalent to tracking a 24-hour business, you must keep external and internal components such as network devices, hosting services, response time and memory space under consistent surveillance. In this article, I have listed 30 incredibly helpful tools to keep track of your website uptime.


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1. internetVista

InternetVista23

internetVista® independently and constantly monitors the Internet services of its customers and alerts them in case of an anomaly.

internetVista® also produces detailed reports on the performance of the monitored services: the levels of availability and the response time. These statistics represent actual control panels and are precious tools, which help customers decide on their web strategy.

2. UptimeParty

Uptime Party

Uptime Party is new web service for monitoring your servers. A notification is sent almost 30 minutes after your site went down.

3. Visual Site Monitor

Global website

They will notify you using various methods including email, sms (text message), phone and fax.

4. 100 Pulse

100 Pulse

Server monitoring service is used to monitor Ports, DNS, FTP, MySQL, SMTP, POP3, IMap & SSH protocols. You can also monitor any port every 5 minutes. Use our web server monitoring service to keep your server updated.

5. mon.itor.us

Monitor.us

Mon.itor.us is a free, yet powerful website, server and traffic monitoring service. We have established track records of robust execution, alerts delivery and we help many website owners to reach high uptime and availability at no cost. Mon.itor.us is a part of Monitis family, which provides professional, premium all-in-one monitoring service, integrating application performance with backend infrastructure with cloud monitoring.

6. Site Uptime

Site uptime

SiteUptime is a website monitoring service that checks your website at regular intervals and notifies you via email or SMS if it becomes unavailable.

7. Internet Seer

Internet Seer

Perhaps one of the largest web monitoring service available. Services include Availability Monitoring, Performance Monitoring, Link and Image Checking, Transaction Monitoring, Historical and Detailed Check and Alert Reporting.

8. HyperSpin

Hyperspin

Website monitoring, web server monitoring & server monitoring from worldwide locations.

9. HostTracker

Host Tracker

Web monitoring service that allows you to do an instant site check.

10. EzWebsiteMonitoring

EZwebsite monitoring

Keep tabs on your website and your competitors in one easy report. Monitor Uptime, TrackKeywords

and Popularity, and always know when it changes.

11. PingPro

PingPro

Receive regular reports so that you can track your uptime and performance.

12. Site 24×7

Site 24x7

Site24x7 is the easier, faster and more effective way to monitor the uptime and performance of your web sites, online services and servers.

13. NoFailTime

NoFailTime

It monitors web sites and notifies about the failures. It sends email, sms and Twitter alerts.

14. Montastic

Montastic

The free website monitoring service that doesn’t suck. :-)

15. WebsitePulse

WebsitePulse

WebSitePulse is a web-based monitoring service that keeps a constant watch over your web site 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks per year.

16. ServerMojo

ServerMojo

ServerMojo provides free monitoring service that will monitor your servers web, ping, dns, mysql and more and our system will check each one approximately every 15 minutes.

17. Are My Sites Up?

AreMySitesUp

Are My Sites Up? is a free website monitoring service that keeps an eye on your sites and warn you if they go down.

18. Dotcom Monitors

dotcom

Services include Web Site Monitoring, Web Application and Business Transaction, Monitoring, Network Device Monitoring, Reporting, Analysis and Graphs, Alerts, Notifications and Escalation, Web Load Stress Test, Multi-User Support.

19. Basic State

Basic State

Basic State is a free website monitoring service that checks the site’s service and web page by notifying you through email or sms text message if your site ever becomes unavailable.

20.  Site Probe

SiteProbe

SiteProbe is a tool that checks the status of your website hourly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This gives the webmaster more time to be creative and improve his/her content instead of constantly worrying about whether or not the site is “up”.

21. Killer Website Monitor

Killersites

The Killer Web site Monitor is FREE and easy to set up – you can be up and running in less than a minute!

22. FreeBackup.Info

free-Backup.info

Enjoy the security of always having your website watched.

23. Uptrends

Uptrends

Uptrends was founded by the founders of OneStat.com, one of the largest global real-time web analytics providers with clients such as Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Thomas Cook, HP and FujiFilm.

24. Vertain

vertain

Monitor the uptime and performance of your website, get alerted on all problems that effect users, such as availability, timeouts and content changes, before your users see them. No setup or maintenance cost, no scripts to record or maintain, no intrusive agents to install on your server.

25. Wormly

wormly

Wormly is a small and profitable software company located in Melbourne, Australia.Trusted by notable clients like Nokia, SitePoints, etc. Wormly gets you started in less than 10 minutes with price as low as 19.00 monthly.

26. WatchMouse

Watchmouse

WatchMouse performs all server checks from a customer perspective, thus ensuring that your customers don’t experience problems accessing your servers or services.

27. AlertSite

AlertSite

Get a comprehensive view of your web site’s performance and availability, with detailed breakdowns of DNS resolution, TCP connect, content download, redirect times and more.

28. Pingdom

Pingdom

Monitor your website and servers and let you know right away when anything goes wrong. Get the facts and stay on top of things with Pingdom.

29. OpenTracker

opentracker

Opentracker is a web site tracking tool built for website analysis. Analyze website statistics and monitor visitors online & ‘real time’.’

30. UptimeRobot

UptimeRobot

UptimeRobot is a free tool which monitors your websites every 5 minutes & alerts you via email or sms if your site goes down.

Author : Dustin Betonio

Dustin Betonio is a Translation Management graduate at University of Mindanao. His earlier career was devoted on customer service outside the information highway. Currently studying Law in the same University.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Adrien June 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Hi, very useful post

You can aslo try http://www.controlncloud.com , it’s a free and unlimited website monitoring tool wtih a vey nice reporting

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Team at StatusCake September 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Hi guys,

We saw there was mention of our name and wanted to say hello!

David – Glad you’re enjoying the service so far and hope it continues that way for you!

We’ve been going a few months now but in that time have gained thousands of customers and we think bring our own unique approach to website monitoring. We’re focused not only on having a great free product, but just as importantly on customer feedback. We encourage anyone to talk to us on live-chat or email us on the website. We’ve already implemented several ideas that our customers told us they wanted from the service.

We rolled out new ways to pick up alerts yesterday with the launch of Boxcar and Pushover push notifications – and expect much more news over the coming days and months!

Andy – We like all reviews of us – good and bad!

Thanks guys! :)

The StatusCake.com team

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David - hosting expert September 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Hi Andy & Harry,

I signed up for the StatusCake free account. It works pretty well for free, but it looks pretty new. I would wait around for some more reviews of it.

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Harry B August 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

There’s much to like about most of these, and Pingdom in particular, but its far too expensive to justify using.

For that reason I tend to favour StatusCake.com – http://www.statuscake.com which is free to use and has much the same functionality – you’re able to monitor unlimited websites, your site is checked every 5 mins from multiple locations and alerts sent to you by email, twitter, skype or SMS text message.

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Andy August 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

Hi Harry
I don’t know this service, but it sounds like a good tip – thanks

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Jim January 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm

For all the Australians out there, there is a great website specifically designed for Australian website monitoring. http://www.websitemonitoring.com.au

It monitors Australian websites and infrastructure from all the major router points in and out of the country. Very clean and easy to use and cheap too!

Maybe this one should be on the list too?

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Susan Hurrell January 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Submitting for your consideration: BinaryCanary.com – plans can include one-minute monitoring, and pricing ranges from free to cheap ($20/month has 100 monitor capacity). Just a little something from Neovation Corporation.

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TexasCupcake December 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

How to keep our website alive always…

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Website Monitoring October 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I can totally agree that this is a nice list but I have a question which of this tools do log analysis or page tagging? It would be great if this can be further explain into much simpler for people like me. Thanks!

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Jef August 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Nice list. I’m just missing Semonto.com .
Not free, but quite cheap if I check some others on this list.

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Robin May 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm

if you’re looking for uptime monitor reviews, here’s a good page i found… http://www.joomlahostingreviews.com/uptime-monitors.html

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lvraa May 21, 2011 at 12:16 am

Tanks for the tip Robin

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Filipe Valente April 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I see you lol

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shorty April 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

You forget to wrote that UptimeRobot also makes reports for the last 2 months. I’m using free version, which supports up to 50 monitors and its doing its job.

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hostingweb April 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

I have tried several services from the list above, for the last 2 years pingdom is my choice. Friendly environment, 1min check, iphone & android app and of course a free account to check 1 website.

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Claus Conrad April 17, 2011 at 11:30 am

Where is CloudKick in this list? I love their monitoring service, though I also rely ón HyperSpin, mon.itor.us and Pingdom for different projects.

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