Keep track of website uptime with Pingdom
I’m sure most people who have a website of some kind are interested in knowing that their site is up and running at all times, and would like to be notified if the site should be unavailable.
Ideally your web host would be able to guarantee 100 % uptime, but in practice that can be hard for anyone to live up to. I know from personal experience that all sorts of strange and unfortunate events can lead to a site being temporarily offline.
So, website owners want some way of monitoring the status of their site, and to be notified if it should be offline or not responding properly. But how? Well, one handy online tool that helps with that is Pingdom (based in Sweden, yay!), which I have been using for some time now to keep track of any downtime.
Pingdom works by pinging your site from servers around the world at an interval you specify in your account’s control panel. As soon as a problem is detected, you are notified, either by email or by SMS.
You can also view reports when you log into your Pingdom account. I haven’t experienced any downtime problems lately, so my report for July 2007 isn’t very exciting to look at:
Even if you have a stable host it’s nice to know that someone is always checking in on your site. And since the data is saved in the report you could use it if you need to argue with a bad host or something.
A Pingdom account is USD 9.95 per month. For that price you can monitor up to five sites and receive 20 SMS alerts. There is also a free 30-day trial.
Here’s a screenshot of a Full page test report for 456bereastreet.com:
There are other ways of getting hold of that information, but Pingdom’s Full page test gives you a nice overview and can help you see which parts of your site could use a bit of trimming.
If your business relies on your site being available at all time, or if you, like many bloggers, are obsessed with knowing exactly what is going on with your site 24 hours a day, give Pingdom a try.