The other day I was asked a great question. A site owner discovered – on her own – that her site was down. When she tried to access her site, she got the dreaded “Internal Server Error.” Not good.
The great question?
Is there a service which monitors a site’s uptime and downtime performance? If there is, what do I recommend?
Oh yes, there are plenty of such services that keep a constant eye on your web site. But for a service that’s simple to get started with and very inexpensive, I recommend Pingdom.
Here’s What I Love About Pingdom
- It’s very affordable. For under $15 a month you can monitor up to 10 sites.
- You’ll get an email when a site you monitor goes down and another when it goes back online.
- You can check on response time or how fast your site is served to users. (Response time is one of many factors Google looks at when ranking your pages.)
- You can track other sites for comparison. While most sites on shared hosting plans are up about 97% of the time, sites like the New York Times are up 100% (they’re not exactly using a shared hosting service).
Monitoring Your Site’s Downtime
Here’s a video that shows you how to get started with Pingdom. (No, that’s not me doing my best impression of Vladimir Putin.)
Pingdom does a lot more then monitor your site for uptime and downtime. Its got a very useful feature they call RUM – Real User Monitor – which is a bit like Google Analytics except it’s way easier to understand and not overloaded with TMI.
Pingdom On The Run
In case you were wondering, they’ve got a very handy mobile app so you can check on your sites wherever you are.