Top 10 free website uptime monitoring services

uptime monitoring serviceIt’s crucial for a website to experience minimal downtime (and for site owner to monitor uptime), otherwise visitors or customers won’t return again if the site is always offline and inaccessible. Sometimes it happens that websites are going down even if you have a very reliable hosting with 99% of uptime. The reasons could vary: problems with data center, network outages, server outages, server overload, DNS configuration, or SSL certificate problems. In this case the problem has to be solved as soon as possible.
Website uptime monitoring service will notify you whenever the website or server is down or having access problem. The basic idea of uptime monitoring services: they run in the background checking your website uptime through different ways, protocols and from different locations.

If something goes wrong and your site didn’t respond, you get notification by email or SMS. With the use of uptime monitoring services you can check claims of your hosing provider about 99.9% of uptime. Advanced monitoring services also lets you check content of you website in place (site isn’t hacked or domain stolen, etc.), SSL certificates and other useful features. If you know any good free uptime monitoring service not mentioned here, please add it in the comments.

Basic State
Basic State is a free web site uptime monitor service which checks your website every 15 minutes. You can get instant trouble alerts by email or SMS. It lets you check unlimited number of websites.The uptime checks are made by multiple ways: DNS, network and server response. Using Basic State, you can choose to receive additional server alerts for the external ecommerce services which might affect the speed, availability or performance of your web site. These include credit card payment processing gateways, affiliate networks and advertising networks.

mon.itor.us
mon.itor.us provides free network and website monitoring service with personalized interactive interface, where you can add server performance and availability tests, get uptime reports, add contacts to get the alert notifications. Tests will be performed from geographically distributed servers. mon.itor.us offers monitoring for different web protocols. It is very easy to set up; most of the services are free. It can send weekly reports or only notify you when there is a problem on your network.

InternetSeer
InternetSeer claims to be the world’s largest website monitoring service with over 1.3 million user base. InternetSeer monitoring systems remotely check your website from several geographic monitoring stations at selected intervals. If the monitoring system is unable to reach the site, an email, cell phone or pager alert is sent to notify you of the problem. Some of the key web site monitoring services available include: availability monitoring, performance monitoring, link and image checking, transaction monitoring, historical and detailed check and alert reporting.

Montastic
Montastic developers say that it is the “free website monitoring service that doesn’t suck”. With Montastic website monitoring tool you get an email when your site goes down, get an email when it goes back up. You can read statuses via RSS or Mac & PC widgets. You can monitor Up to 100 websites. Montastic has support for https and port number. This uptime monitoring tool checks your website at least every 10 minutes from 2 different locations.

Uptime Robot
Uptime Robot monitors your websites every 5 minutes (which is really frequent monitoring), totally free. You can add up to 50 websites. You will get alerts if your site is down by e-mail, SMS or RSS (Twitter coming soon).

SiteUptime
SiteUptime is a website monitoring service that checks your website at regular intervals and notifies you via email or SMS if more than one location detects a connection failure. In free version you can monitor only 1 website every 30 or 60 minutes. SiteUptime also sends you free uptime report monthly. Monitoring options include: HTTP, POP3, SMTP, FTP, SSL, DNS, custom TCP Ports, ping, HTTP Password Protection.

Are My Sites Up?
Are My Sites Up? free plan will check up to five of your sites at least 25 times per day. You get unlimited email and SMS notifications containing also the reason why your site was down (HTML status error code). Even if their website goes down, developers promise: “If you aren’t able to load the site, don’t worry! Your sites are still being checked in the background and you will still be notified.”

Uptime Dog
Uptime Dog is a free website monitoring service which will check availability of your website every 2 minutes from two different geographical locations to see if it is online and working, and notifies you to your email address if it is down. The only drawback of this service: you need to place HTML link to their site.

Root Internet
Root Internet offers multi-protocol support, uptime and performance of your website or server, downtime notifications via email and SMS, global monitoring locations. With “Live Status Report” widget you easily can display an uptime report on your website. You can define (one-time or recurring) maintenance windows so that Root Internet pauses monitoring during those periods or simply exclude them from uptime reporting. Root Internet can import the uptime history into your account for free, making the switch easy and painless.

LogicReach
LogicReach is another free web site monitoring service. In the case your site is running very slow or down they can send you an email or SMS. In addition to the monitoring, LogicReach also tests response time – page load time and offer extensive reporting facilities to allow you to monitor your site effectively.

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11 thoughts on “Top 10 free website uptime monitoring services

  1. Another service is AlertFox. AFAIK it is the only service that also offers FREE basic transaction web monitoring. I think its great. The only issue I have with it is that the free accounts does not include SMS notifications. I worked around that by using a free email2SMS gateway.

  2. microNOC is another monitoring service that offers free and paid website monitoring accounts. At $4.85 a month for paid monitoring of all servers on a domain, plus multiple users email and SMS alerts, all configured for you (no learning curve at all) making it the simplest choice for people who don’t want to become monitoring specialists. They are also offering to make donations to various charities when you sign up for annual paid website monitoring accounts.

  3. If you’re looking for a great website (and device) monitoring system, check out http://binarycanary.com. They offer FREE 15 minute monitoring of up to 5 web pages over HTTP or HTTPS! Plus their paid accounts (starting at $5 per month) include 1 minute monitoring of nearly any device – FTP, SMTP/IMAP/POP3, round trip email, PING, TELNET, SSL Certificates, Domain Names and more.

  4. Hi, Thanks for the mention of basicstate.com. You must be ranking for something, because we are seeing garmahis.com in our referrals :D Spenser

  5. I suggest to update the list with 100pulse.com a website monitoring service that checks your website at regular intervals and notifies you via email or SMS if it becomes unavailable. Free Website Monitoring service with 5 minute interval. Easy way to detect your website outages quicker and more effectively. Free Instant alert when ever your site goes down. No software installation needed.

  6. There are actually 3 types of uptime monitoring tools, depending on your needs. There are “Website Monitoring”, “Network Monitoring” and “Server Monitoring” tools. If you have no control on the server whatsoever (e.g. your website is Hosted in a shared environment for 5 bucks per month), a Website Monitoring tool is all you need. However, if you have control on your servers (e.g. your site is Hosted on a dedicated or on a server that you own), you’d be better off with a Network or Server monitoring tool, as it generally has hardware-oriented features (e.g. server performance, temperature, hdd space, etc.)

  7. Its important to monitor uptime, response time, and check for errors together. With these three combined, you will have a very dependable and user-friendly website. We provide a tool called EZ Website Monitoring that does this as well as keyword and competitor tracking as well. Check it out if you have time.

  8. You might want to look at my comparison here: http://www.website-monitoring.com/blog/2010/03/05/12-free-website-monitoring-services/

  9. We just launched a new monitoring service, U.pti.me Site Monitor. Although it is free, it has some neat features such as 5 minutes checking, quick site tester with account creation feature, detailed reports and downtime calculation. Check it and you’ll like it.

  10. Monitor Scout offers high quality monitoring services with over 15 monitoring locations across the globe. In order to control uptime and latency for your website and/or server solution we perform 50 different checks using some of the most superior internet protocols today e.g. PING, HTTP, IMAP, POP3, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL, DNS, VNC, FTP, TCP, RDP, SSH, DNS, UDP, SMTP and MAIL DELIVERY

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