Server uptime is not something a business owner regularly thinks about. You just expect it to work, right? And it usually does; most providers guarantee nearly 100% server uptime. But even the most skilled IT professionals can’t guarantee perfect server status all of the time (be wary of any that do!).
Cue server uptime tools.
Server uptime tools are valuable for both small business owners and savvy IT professionals (and everyone in between). If you are a small business owner you don’t need to spend every spare minute of your day checking your uptime report, but it is helpful to know when your site is down (and to estimate the lost of revenue). If you are an IT professional it is your responsibility to track uptime – and a complete suite of features within a uptime tracking tool is exactly what you need to manage your servers.
Whether you are the small business owner, the IT professional, or somewhere in between, if you are looking for a way to better monitor your server uptime, here are five of the top tools available:
Are My Sites Up? (Paid)
Are My Sites Up is committed to keeping tabs on your website. They will immediately notify you of any issues that arise through nearly every medium (except for a smoke signal). Not only does it allow you to check on your website, the white label options allow you to offer additional features to your web design clients. They also offer error codes that will tell you why your site is down.
Site 24×7 is the ultimate IT tracking service. Track your website uptime, monitor your DNS servers (domestic and global), receive instant notifications, keep track of your mail servers, and review the overall performance with the website monitoring reports.
Pingdom is a straightforward, easy-to-use server and website monitoring system. Access the information wherever you are with your Android or iOS device, easily share the information with others. They have taken notification to a new level by taking it social – receive notifications via email, SMS, Twitter, or mobile phone.
Monitor.us strives for simplicity. They have developed a rather complex system but designed the user interface to be incredibly intuitive. Monitor your website, your network, your cloud, and so much more, all within this one tool – via website or your mobile phone.
Server Density offers a robust suite of features to measure (as well as a limited free version as well). The user interface is clean and combines all of your servers into one view, displays metrics in an easy-to-read format, and sends real-time alerts when issues arise. Server Density also allows you to remotely check on your site from your iPhone or android device.
Do you have another online tool that you swear by? Share it in the comments!
Article by Danielle Towner
Danielle Towner is a simple, small town girl that has discovered a passion for all things digital. With a degree in marketing and several years of agency experience under her belt she has played a significant role in nearly every type of marketing for clients of all shapes and sizes. She has conducted extensive market research studies, developed marketing plans, implemented advertising campaigns, managed email marketing efforts, designed marketing collateral, composed press release and sales copy, as well as developed and implemented social media strategies. With her eagerness to learn, she strives to always be on the cusp of the next big thing.