Dominate Your Website Host: Free Monitoring Services

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Have you ever seen a web host that don’t claims 99.99% up time guarantee? With so much experience with several leading web hosts of industry, what I have realized is that most of them have sub standard services.

Today I am going to tell you my bad experience with one of the leading web hosts of Industry, Dreamhost. After starting with them, I was very happy with their shared servers but things went bad when I moved to Dreamhost PS. My personal tech blog was having so much down times that uptime went to 94% in just 2 weeks and to even surprise you more, it happened after moving to Dreamhost Personal Servers (which are designed to handle big traffic, at least is their words). After so many ticket queries and live chat, there was no solution hence I decided to move to a new web host as Crispy Tech needed a personal server for its traffic.

If you want to keep an eye on your web host, Its very necessary that you use a website monitoring service which notifies you when your website goes down.

Today we have come up with best free website monitoring services which help you to monitor your website. It was easy for me to write an article with 20 website monitoring services but I have only included the best ones which we have actually used before.  So let’s start.

1. Uptime Robot

A Quick Look

  • Price: Free
  • Number of Sites You can monitor: 50
  • Notification Methods: RSS, Twitter, Email, SMS
  • Time Interval for each check: 5 Minutes
  • Simple yet effective

Uptime robot is one of the finest and completely free website monitoring services. Co Founded by Umut Muhaddisoglu of WebResourcesDepot, Uptime Robot is our personal choice for monitoring on 1stWD.

The monitoring service has no Premium Plans and their free services are more than enough for any web developer. You can monitor 50 websites for free with options of getting notified with:

  • Twitter DM
  • RSS
  • Email
  • SMS.

Pretty awesome. Right?

Uptime Robot checks your website with regular interval of 5 minutes.

In a talk with Umut, he assured us that Uptime Robot will be free till September 2010 and then they will introduce premium plans (In case if they are unable to continue Free Plan) but free plan will still be there with some modifications.  Although the web app is not feature enriched but Its awesome for those who just want the work done with out whistles and bells.

One thing you will fall in love with is the completely Ajaxed interface of Uptime Robot. After signing up, just play with different areas of website and you will enjoy the experience.:)

Missing Features:

We would love to see better support for SMS notifications in UpTime Robot. While writing this review, SMS notifications are not supported World Wide. Another awesome feature would be iPhone/ Android App.

2. Pingdom

A Quick Look

  • Price: From Free to 39$/month
  • Number of Sites You can monitor: 1 for free
  • Notification Methods: RSS, Twitter, Email, SMS
  • Time Interval for each check: From 1 Minute to changeable

Pingdom is by far the most comprehensive and enterprise solution for website monitoring services. With all those nifty and expensive plans they also provide the option of a free website monitoring plan which allows you to monitor one website for free.

Pingdom is the biggest guy in thr world of website monitoring services with customers ranging from of Alexa to Mashable.

Pingdom is feature enriched and has its own free iPhone app. With support of Response time tracking, you can also check how your server reponds when it experiences traffic load.

3. Zabbix

Quick Look:

  • Self Hosted Solution
  • Open Source
  • Free

If you are a big fan of Open Source softwares then Zabbix is for you. Its completely free and licensed under GPL v2 which means you are free to do modifications in the core software and pass it on. There are no proprietary restrictions on you.

Zabbix is such a comprehensive tool that a book has been written on it which covers all of its features. There is no pre-hosted version and you will have to install it yourself after downloading it. The tool is pretty complex and I only suggest it for Advanced users.

4. Basic State

A Quick Look

  • Price: Free
  • Number of Sites You can monitor: Unlimited
  • Notification Methods: Email, SMS
  • Time Interval for each check: From 1 Minute to changeable

With support of email and SMS notifications, Zabbix is another completely free web monitoring service. You can have unlimited monitors active with Basic state. The web app checks your website’s header with regular intervals of 15 Minutes. Though the home page of basicstate don’t gives a professional look but I have personally tested and was using it before I came to know Uptime Robot.

5. 100 Pulse

A Quick Look

  • Price: Free/ Premium Plans
  • Number of Sites You can monitor: 2 Websites for Free
  • Notification Methods: Email, SMS, Twitter, iGoogle Gadget
  • Time Interval for each check: 15 Minutes

100Pulse is another free website monitoring service which comes with an inituitive user interface. The free plan allows you to monitor the status of  two web properties and you will be notified using Twitter, Email and SMS. They also have an option of Google Widget which you can set up on your desktop or iGoogle.

I hope that you liked the article. Which web service do you use for website monitoring? Feel free to share it with us.

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Saad Bassi is a 20 years old web developer from Pakistan who loves to create beautiful websites with great user experience. He is co-editor at CrispyTech and 1stWebDesigner and blogs about the next Windows at Windows8Geek. He also loves to make new friends so don't forget to say him a hello on Twitter. Last but not least, make sure that you check out my latest project, Addictive Fonts which focuses on free high quality font downloads.

26 Comments Best Comments First
  • Alan

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 22:33

    11

    Thanks for compiling this list for us. I signed up at uptimerobot and am pretty impressed so far. Free? Check. Monitor up to 50 sites? Check. Awesome =) (although I’m only monitoring 3 sites so far…)

    +1
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 08:01

      16

      Haha. Same here. That’s what I asked Umut, that how you will create a premium plan. Your free plan is more than enough.:D

      0
  • Umut Muhaddisoglu

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 13:29

    1

    1stWD team,

    Thanks very much for featuring Uptime Robot, so appreciated and great to hear that you use and like the service.

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 08:25

      19

      Thanks for creating an awesome app which we all love to use.:)

      +1
  • Adie

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 17:14

    9

    Great post.

    I have to say that i’ve had loads of problems with hosts in the past and wish i’d have had this kind of info a couple of years ago.

    0
  • JC Johnston

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 19:43

    10

    Great round up. I have been using Uptime Robot for a while now. It works great and it catches things and I have even used its report emails to send to my host support when they didn’t believe me that site was going down at all.

    As for the other services. Should I be using more than one service to monitor my sites and client sites?

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 08:04

      17

      Well, if you have a very high traffic website, then I will suggest you to also use pingdom. Their response time reports are very awesome.

      0
  • Irina Borozan

    Friday, June 11th, 2010 11:00

    12

    Thanks for the list!

    0
  • Nikunj Tamboli

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 14:51

    8

    Great info Saad, I think Google analytic should include this features in their system.

    0
  • AKLP

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 13:57

    7

    Uptime robot is pretty awesome!

    0
  • Simon Stevens

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 14:03

    2

    Bare in mind that:

    99% uptime equates to nearly 7.5 hours downtime per month
    99.9% uptime equates to 45 minutes downtime per month
    99.995% is the real gold standard and what businesses should be looking for, this equates to 2 minutes a month

    These are normally calculated as averages over the year, so an hour’s downtime at some point during the year shouldn’t be regarded as a major issue.

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 08:26

      20

      Do you think 7.5 hours down time in a month is nothing? I don’t agree with you. When you are paying them then you have the right to ask them to provide 100% Uptime.

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, June 10th, 2010 16:10

      3

      Great calculations – never actually counted numbers like this, but you’re right. In blogs it’s hard to get such high number because of social networks, traffic spikes – we keep getting downtimes despite to expensive hosting we’re getting.

      0
  • Jordan

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 18:47

    4

    Thanks for the list. I’m currently using pingdom and hyperspin. Some of these are new to me so I will definitely check them out.

    0
  • Jogos Gratis

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 19:43

    6

    The other day Google dropped my website 5 positions because when Google tried to cache it, the website was down :(
    With a service like uptime robot I can have the ability to monitor my main website and be aware if it’s down.

    thanks for the tips!

    0
  • Marco

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 13:18

    5

    I use Are My Sites Up? http://aremysitesup.com/
    It’s simple to configure and there’s also an Air app for monitoring from the desktop.

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 08:24

      18

      Well, Its free plan is useless. The check a website 25 times a day which means at one hour interval almost. What if the website goes down just after the check and you will come to know after an hour. Don’t use the webapps because of the names attached to them. Use them because of the quality they are providing.

      0
  • Hastimal Shah

    Friday, June 11th, 2010 06:21

    13

    Great list but i like the uptime robot..
    Thanks

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 07:59

      15

      Yeah. Same here.:)

      0
  • Derek

    Friday, June 11th, 2010 13:05

    14

    Nice list you have! I’m also a fan of aremysitesup.com

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 13:15

      21

      Already explained that why I didn’t included in the list.

      0
  • Rolando Gomez

    Saturday, September 4th, 2010 15:51

    23

    Free monitoring services really help in your business. It monitor your website and you can see the potential customers. If anyone interested in website monitoring software you can call the hotline at 1-888-603-8291

    Regards,

    Rolando Gomez
    1-888-603-8291

    0
  • Lucian Daniliuc

    Sunday, February 13th, 2011 22:28

    24

    Hey, we’re building an innovative monitoring service at http://www.monitive.com . We’re in private-beta right now, so if you’d like to give it a spin and contribute with feedback, opinions or any suggestions, leave us a message and we’ll send you an invite a.s.a.p.

    0
  • Cody

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 01:07

    25

    Heyyy I was searching for a better website watcher :) the one I tried follow that page alerts only every hour and 1 page, I was not happy with it.

    greate list :)
    thanks

    0
  • Locum Tenens

    Saturday, April 7th, 2012 00:18

    26

    Your site is looking very nice…

    0
  • Jeprie

    Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 15:01

    22

    Thanks for the article. As your suggestion, I’ve used uptime robot and it works fine.

    0
  • Locum Tenens

    Saturday, April 7th, 2012 00:18

    26

    Your site is looking very nice…

    0
  • Cody

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 01:07

    25

    Heyyy I was searching for a better website watcher :) the one I tried follow that page alerts only every hour and 1 page, I was not happy with it.

    greate list :)
    thanks

    0
  • Lucian Daniliuc

    Sunday, February 13th, 2011 22:28

    24

    Hey, we’re building an innovative monitoring service at http://www.monitive.com . We’re in private-beta right now, so if you’d like to give it a spin and contribute with feedback, opinions or any suggestions, leave us a message and we’ll send you an invite a.s.a.p.

    0
  • Rolando Gomez

    Saturday, September 4th, 2010 15:51

    23

    Free monitoring services really help in your business. It monitor your website and you can see the potential customers. If anyone interested in website monitoring software you can call the hotline at 1-888-603-8291

    Regards,

    Rolando Gomez
    1-888-603-8291

    0
  • Jeprie

    Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 15:01

    22

    Thanks for the article. As your suggestion, I’ve used uptime robot and it works fine.

    0
  • Derek

    Friday, June 11th, 2010 13:05

    14

    Nice list you have! I’m also a fan of aremysitesup.com

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 13:15

      21

      Already explained that why I didn’t included in the list.

      0
  • Hastimal Shah

    Friday, June 11th, 2010 06:21

    13

    Great list but i like the uptime robot..
    Thanks

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 07:59

      15

      Yeah. Same here.:)

      0
  • Irina Borozan

    Friday, June 11th, 2010 11:00

    12

    Thanks for the list!

    0
  • Alan

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 22:33

    11

    Thanks for compiling this list for us. I signed up at uptimerobot and am pretty impressed so far. Free? Check. Monitor up to 50 sites? Check. Awesome =) (although I’m only monitoring 3 sites so far…)

    +1
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 08:01

      16

      Haha. Same here. That’s what I asked Umut, that how you will create a premium plan. Your free plan is more than enough.:D

      0
  • JC Johnston

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 19:43

    10

    Great round up. I have been using Uptime Robot for a while now. It works great and it catches things and I have even used its report emails to send to my host support when they didn’t believe me that site was going down at all.

    As for the other services. Should I be using more than one service to monitor my sites and client sites?

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 08:04

      17

      Well, if you have a very high traffic website, then I will suggest you to also use pingdom. Their response time reports are very awesome.

      0
  • Adie

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 17:14

    9

    Great post.

    I have to say that i’ve had loads of problems with hosts in the past and wish i’d have had this kind of info a couple of years ago.

    0
  • Nikunj Tamboli

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 14:51

    8

    Great info Saad, I think Google analytic should include this features in their system.

    0
  • AKLP

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 13:57

    7

    Uptime robot is pretty awesome!

    0
  • Jogos Gratis

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 19:43

    6

    The other day Google dropped my website 5 positions because when Google tried to cache it, the website was down :(
    With a service like uptime robot I can have the ability to monitor my main website and be aware if it’s down.

    thanks for the tips!

    0
  • Marco

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 13:18

    5

    I use Are My Sites Up? http://aremysitesup.com/
    It’s simple to configure and there’s also an Air app for monitoring from the desktop.

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 08:24

      18

      Well, Its free plan is useless. The check a website 25 times a day which means at one hour interval almost. What if the website goes down just after the check and you will come to know after an hour. Don’t use the webapps because of the names attached to them. Use them because of the quality they are providing.

      0
  • Jordan

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 18:47

    4

    Thanks for the list. I’m currently using pingdom and hyperspin. Some of these are new to me so I will definitely check them out.

    0
  • Simon Stevens

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 14:03

    2

    Bare in mind that:

    99% uptime equates to nearly 7.5 hours downtime per month
    99.9% uptime equates to 45 minutes downtime per month
    99.995% is the real gold standard and what businesses should be looking for, this equates to 2 minutes a month

    These are normally calculated as averages over the year, so an hour’s downtime at some point during the year shouldn’t be regarded as a major issue.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, June 10th, 2010 16:10

      3

      Great calculations – never actually counted numbers like this, but you’re right. In blogs it’s hard to get such high number because of social networks, traffic spikes – we keep getting downtimes despite to expensive hosting we’re getting.

      0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 08:26

      20

      Do you think 7.5 hours down time in a month is nothing? I don’t agree with you. When you are paying them then you have the right to ask them to provide 100% Uptime.

      0
  • Umut Muhaddisoglu

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 13:29

    1

    1stWD team,

    Thanks very much for featuring Uptime Robot, so appreciated and great to hear that you use and like the service.

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Friday, June 11th, 2010 08:25

      19

      Thanks for creating an awesome app which we all love to use.:)

      +1

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