I recently wrote an article about protecting your website from hackers and I’ve received a lot of interest and questions from you about this and about website downtime and monitoring in general.
And that’s not a surprise to me – a lot of people simply don’t even consider this as a possibility until it affects them, and by then it’s too late as the damage has been done. So well done for trying to protect your sites and your business – after all, prevention is the best cure of all.
One specific aspect of safeguarding against hackers and other causes of downtime that I spoke about is monitoring. Time is of critical importance with these hacker attacks and the longer it is before you notice something is wrong, the worse it’s going to be.
And that’s why today I want to share a service/company with you that can monitor your website or an online shop (self hosted) for any outages, as well as any issues with performance.
The company is called Pingdom and they have a range of plans available, starting from £9.95 a month all the way up to £329 a month (that plan offers a lot more than simple up-time monitoring).
And they also have a completely free plan so if you only need to monitor one website or server and can’t quite afford the monthly options, this is a great alternative to still ensure that your site is monitored. I personally use free account too and just purchase extra credits to receive SMS notifications.
For a full comparison table between the different plans, head here: https://www.pingdom.com/pricing/ but in essence it just depends on how many sites you have and how popular they are (monthly pageviews etc.) so for a small blog or site the Starter plan should be more than sufficient and possibly even the free one!
One thing I like about Pingdom’s service is that as well as the usual up-time monitoring, their plans also include Real User Monitoring. [Read more…]