Do Webmasters Need A Website Monitoring Service?

January 27, 2010 | By | 10 Replies More

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It has been months since I’ve transferred hosting to Bluehost and I must say that the investment is really worth it. For almost three months, I haven’t seen any outages on this site nor have heard of any reports about this site being offline even for a short while.

I’m glad to have made the right choice but if you may ask why am I able to keep track of what’s going on with this blog, that’s because I’m using a third-party service provider to monitor this blog’s uptime every day. I’ve been using Internetseer.com’s free service option since I started self-hosting.

I could even recall those times when I normally send some screenshots of the weekly uptime report to my previous hosts just to let them know that I’m aware of what’s going on with my site. That way, they have no reason not to admit and keep their hands clean when it’s not.

Webmasters really need to utilize third-party web monitoring services especially if they’re on the process of scrutinizing a new hosting company’s performance. A lot of cheap web hosting companies are sprouting nowadays every second, so it pays to be vigilant. Don’t be afraid to complain when there’s something wrong and always aim for value with the money you spent.

Site uptime can make or break your online business so make sure it’s always available when http requests are being sent to your site’s server. The best tip is to ask or consult those people who had the experience with hosting companies because they know who’s who in the industry, makes perfect sense right?

If you haven’t acquired a third-party website monitoring service, share your reasons why.

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  1. Ching ya says:

    Tell me about it. If not because of the tech issues that freaked me out I wouldn’t have realized the importance of having a good host. It’s not entirely their fault though but the glitch is really worth concerning. I think you’re very proactive to send the screenshots, it’s easier to explain that way and better, we have the record.

    After this experience, yes, very important to have a good host.

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker
    .-= Ching ya´s last blog ..7 Productive Things To Do When You Can’t Blog =-.

  2. Mathdelane says:

    Hi Ching ya,
    It’s nice to see you back. Internetseer.com offers a free website monitoring service with a weekly site up time and access reporting via email. This way, you’ll be informed on what has been happening or if there’s any significant outage that have happened in the previous week. You may also use live monitoring however in most cases it may require a fee.

    This has worked so much for me in the past until today that’s why I’m keeping the service for good.

    By the way, you might have missed reading this thank you post.

  3. Mitch says:

    I probably don’t because only once since I’ve been with my host has there ever been a problem, and I’ve been with them 4 years now. I guess I don’t worry much about it, since I have everything backed up on my computer.
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Residual Or Full Time Income? =-.

  4. Mathdelane says:

    Hi Mitch,
    It’s good to know that you’ve found the right host at an earlier time. Four years under the same host is pretty impressive. Kudos to your host for keeping your business.

    Thanks for sharing your experience and welcome to Software Critics!

  5. Ed says:

    Cool man thanks. Will come really useful for monitoring my site later once I set up my domain.
    .-= Ed´s last blog ..Do Not Print Twitter…Trust Me =-.

  6. Mathdelane says:

    You’re welcome, Ed! I hope you wouldn’t mind considering sign-up on Bluehost under me.

    Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with your blog, very cool!

  7. Leo says:

    Hi Mathdelane,

    What 3rd party software would you recommend using? I got an alert when my cpanel failed (which only happened once in 3 years) but some sites I design are not hosted on my server, so may need to look into a service for these clients.
    .-= Leo´s last blog ..Accountancy website design ? Now we can help! =-.

  8. Mathdelane says:

    Hi Leo,
    I’ve tried using a freeware called “SiteUp” however there has been too many false positives so I instead used a third-party service provider on a free account and it worked for me.

    It’s very rare to find software doing the same thing even paid ones so I’d rather suggest that you go for the service providers.

  9. Leo says:

    Thanks for your reply

  10. Mathdelane says:

    You’re welcome!

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