23 Mar 2015

How to Monitor a Website: Free & Awesome Website Monitoring Tools

You can invest ton of time and money into marketing your website but all your effort will be wasted if your site is down. Uptime is the biggest usability and conversion hurdle…

The biggest, yet often most overlooked.

How to Monitor a Website: Tools

Don’t let yourself fall prey to the same mistake. Here are some easy to use monitoring tools that will tell you the second your users lose site access.

Pingdom

Pingdom is another great option that lets you monitor your site uptime and provides some awesome analytics! I miss the times when it was free!

The reason why I love Pingdom is that it is supported by my favorite monitoring platform Cyfe. With it, I can have Pingdom widget right next to my other statistics widgets on the same dashboard:

cyfe

Google Docs

Google Docs has a number of scripts that you can use to do anything from sync up your calendar to creating extended forms. One of the lesser known uses is integrating a website monitor that will alert you any time your server encounters an error or downtime, even if it is only momentary. You can get these alerts through your phone and email, based on your preference, or both if you want to make double sure that you are covered. Digital Inspiration has a super simple to follow tutorial on how to use this script.

Google Docs monitoring tools

Zabbix

Zabbix is an enterprise level open source software, and so it is totally free. Unfortunately, like a lot of OS platforms, it is not especially user friendly or easy to use for those who don’t have more extensive technical experience. If you do know what your doing, it is amazing. It will gather data of all kinds from the network, and monitors your site, thousands of servers, network devices and virtual machines in real time, all at once.

HostTracker

You can start here for free, but eventually you will need to get a paid plan if you want their more advanced features. The good news is that they provide more than most, including public and email reports. The personal plan is only $3.25 a month, and the business plan is only $18.25/ Even their enterprise option is surprisingly cost efficient, which is why its no shock that brands like Colgate use it.

HostTracker

Bonus tools:

Free Page Speed tool will help you diagnose and fix page load time issues. It’s very easy to use and requires no registration. You can even compare two pages to better understand your page speed issues.Page Speed to monitor a website

 

There are dozens of site monitoring tools out there, and we would love to hear about more of them. Have any tools to add to this list? Let us know in the comments!