Uptime Robot: Free Website Monitoring

So, how about a website monitoring service which is not only excellent but is completely free for basic use?

We thought you might say yes to this. Uptime Robot is one such service. We’ll go into a little depth on its features. And why it’s important to have a website monitoring solution working for you.

Uptime Robot is a cloud-based website monitoring service. Add your website(s) to your account, then specify your URL and check interval. If your site goes down, you’ll get an email, and they’ll send you an email when your site goes up again as well.

The basic service is completely free of charge for 50 sites, checked every 5 minutes. If like us you need more monitors and more responsive monitoring, the Pro Plans offer virtually unlimited monitors, along with monitoring down to the minute. The pro plans also allow for SMS notifications if you’re out and about a lot. The price is entirely justified for the peace of mind, and is great value when built into your web hosting offering as well.

There are a few main reasons it’s important to keep an eye on your websites uptime:

  • If your website is down, you can’t get new customers/visitors, and may lose revenue
  • Downtime and poor access will have a negative impact on your SEO
  • It’s an easy way to ensure your hosting provider is delivering the promised uptime.

It’s worth noting too; you can also use Uptime Robot for monitoring Keywords, Pings or even specific Ports on your server. This can come in really handy when it’s not just HTTP/Web Access you need to keep an eye on. For instance, you could monitor a VoIP phone system, or an email server.

It offers a pretty full-featured API too, so if you need to build in your stats or uptime status to other apps, you’re good to go.

If visual data is your thing, the online dashboard features a “TV Mode”, which is a great way to display your uptime visually across a number of sites.

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