Use a Free Service to Monitor your Website for Outages
For many businesses, their website is a key way that customers find the business. Having a website go down can cost a business a significant amount of money, not to mention the potential harm to the company’s image in the eyes of prospective or existing customers. The good news is that there are a variety of free website monitoring services that will notify you if your website goes down.
How website monitoring works
Website monitoring services will attempt to automatically load your website ever few minutes to check if it is accessible. In the event that the website does not properly load, an alert is sent to you by email (or text message if you prefer). You can then look into the problem and fix it before it has a negative impact upon your business. Since many people do not routinely access their own websites, it is easy for an outage to go unnoticed for some time if a monitoring service is not used.
Since there is no such thing as a free lunch, you may wonder how these services exist. Simple – they offer “premium” subscriptions for a small monthly fee, and many also sell some advertising space in the monthly uptime statistics emails that they send to you. For those who want to have the premium features, such as text message notifications instead of email notifications, or uptime checks that happen more frequently, it may be worth the small monthly fee. For most users, the free plans are more than sufficient.
Services we recommend
Below is a list of website monitoring services that we recommend. It is best to use a couple of different services, so that in the unlikely event that one service were to go down, the other service would continue to monitor your website. Since the services are free, there is no reason not to take a few extra minutes to signup for multiple monitoring services.