Start Monitoring Uptime Of Your Website For Free

There are many freely available tools which let you monitor up time of your website for free. My personal favorite is UptimeRobot. Whether you have a personal blog or a business website/ company profile website, you can utilize the free service offered by the company to monitor your website and its downtime.

Adding a monitor is quite simple. Just register on the website, enter your website url, and select monitor type from HTTP, Ping, Port or Keyword. I generally prefer Keyword monitor type and select one of the keyword ( text)  available on the homepage of the website as my monitoring parameter. I set up an alert by email – if keyword not exists and that’s it.  In case my website ever goes down, I receive an email right in my inbox – whereby I can take appropriate action i.e. Reboot my server/ Contact Hosting company etc.

While on the subject of downtime and hosting, I would like to point out few things. For shared hosting, I always recommend Hostgator to my clients. I have been with Hostgator for 6+years now and never once have come across with any problems. For users who contact their hosting company when their website is down – make sure  to check your website on isup.me before creating ticket on the support portal of hosting company.

Creating an up time / down time monitor for your website is a very small step and takes less than 5 minutes to set up. I urge all new website owners to add this step in their to do list while making a new website.

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