Article by Jerry Low
Geek dad, SEO data junkie, investor, and founder of Web Hosting Secret Revealed. Jerry has been building Internet assets and making money online since 2004. He loves mindless doodling and trying new food.
In developing any business online one of the most overlooked areas in business management strategies is having a service oversee their website uptime. Many people assume that their web host is going to be responsible for alerting them when their website goes down. This is a big myth and in fact it runs entirely contrary to what a website hosting company would do. Think about it. Why would a web hosting company tell their clients there service is having troubles causing their site to be down temporarily? They are going to hope a client doesn’t spot it as it directly affects the claims that most web hosting companies say they can provide 99.9% uptime.
An online business is only as good as the amount of time that it’s up online. When I first got started running multiple websites online I heavily relied on my sites being up especially when I was running pay per click campaigns. Now if your just running a personal blog that doesn’t rely on being available for members, readers or advertising campaigns then you might not be too bothered by half an hour of down time but for companies who rely on their site being online every minute of the day. A 30 minute or longer down time can have devastating effects on their long term goals.
Why Website Uptime Monitoring Service Matters?
The truth is not all web hosting company can provide 99.9% uptime as many web hosting companies are packing servers with clients and multiple people are sharing servers even on reseller plans. If you are seeking a stronger and more reliable solution they will need to look into dedicated plans that are either self or fully managed. The challenge for many small based businesses is that going dedicated requires a huge investment of money each month when a shared or reseller plan would suffice at a fraction of the cost. So what is the solution? Website monitoring services are, but which ones are the top services in their industry? Why are they the top? And what do you really need vs what they offer?
Key Things to Look For:
Well, here goes the top 5 uptime website monitoring services.
Quoted directly from Pingdom: Pingdom is a company founded by Sam Nurmi. Sam Nurmi is also the founder and previous CEO of Sweden’s biggest web hosting company, Loopia, which he sold in 2005. Pingdom has a very strong and narrow focus. That focus lies on covering the uptime monitoring needs of 90% of the companies in the world. Instead of branching out into other areas, we will instead place all our efforts into maintaining the best uptime monitoring service available. The technology behind Pingdom is developed in house, which gives us an unparalleled ability to satisfy both the current and future needs of the market.
Also, note that Pingdom also offers its services via free apps on iPhone and Android phones. Take iPhone Apps for example, the Pingdom app allows you to get push alert of your website status as well as getting into Pingdom to view your website uptime and response time status.
In case you not know, Pingdom is actually my favorite tracking service. I’ve been using these guys to track all my test-site including WebHostingSecretRevealed.com. My recent Hostgator uptime review, for example, is built based on the server record tracked by Pingdom.
Mon.itor.us is a free, yet powerful website, server and traffic monitoring service. Mon.itor.us has established track records of robust execution, alerts delivery and helps 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.
Established 2004, ServiceUptime provides website, port and server monitoring and alerting services. ServiceUptime’s monitoring servers are located around the world in reliable carrier-class data centers with nearly 0% downtime. What ServiceUptime does is deploying remote monitoring agents in strategically selected cities and on major backbone segments around the world to simulate the end-user experience of your web site and its key areas at any given moment. ServiceUptime.com instantly alerts you in case of problem detection and provides you with web-based access to real-time reports for performance and availability analysis.
Not to be confused with Microsoft’s prototype software HostTracker, Host-Tracker is another site monitoring service. The service has 91 nodes and multuple monitor points from all over the world. Host-Tracker is special as it comes in several different language package, including French, English, Spanish, and Greek.
BasicState is another website monitoring service that make sure your homepage is running properly. The service is totally free for unlimited number of sites and users can get alert from BasicState via n email or text message.
So your site is down, now what? In case you notice that your site is going down at odd hours of the day and for extended periods of time. There are a number of things that could be causing it and a few things you can do short term are:
For long term solution, switching web host might be a good solution if your web host is the one causing the outage.