Staying on top of how your website is performing and especially if it is online an functioning can require 24 hour-a-day monitoring. But to save you wasting all of your time looking at a computer screen, there are a number of free website monitoring services that keep checks on a single or multiple websites and alert you if there are any issues such as downtime and avoid you losing productivity due to your website developing problems unnoticed.
Includes: Up to 1 site monitored, User-set check intervals from 1 minute+, Alerts via email, SMS(20/month) and iOS push alerts
The free account offered by the website monitoring service Pingdom does allow only the monitoring of the status of one website, however it can be an ideal solution if you have an iPhone due to an integrated app being available. Other alerts include email and up to 20 SMS alerts a month, although hopefully you should need nothing like that many.
Includes: Single site monitoring, User-set check intervals from 30 seconds+, Alerts via IM, RSS, Email, SMS
Monitor.us is a free version of paid-for service Monitis and can be set-up for easy monitoring of your website. The app gives alerts to any system problems including alerts, failures and provides a periodical log by day, week or month. The cloud access means that the site report can be accessed from any Internet connection near you where you can access real-time reporting and keep an eye on your site. Alerts can be programmed to be received via IM, in your RSS feed, SMS or email so you really can keep yourself covered.
Includes: Up to 2 sites monitored, User-set check interval of 15 minutes+, Alerts via Google Gadget, Email and RSS
The free version of 100Pulse allows you to be kept updated on the status of two websites using a Google gadget which can be added to your iGoogle dashboard and enable you to quickly monitor your website fro any Internet connection. In addition to Google Gadget, you can also receive alerts via your RSS feed or email and set regular checks starting from 15 minute intervals.
Includes:Up to 3 sites monitored, User-set check interval of 30 minutes+, Alerts via Email RSS and PC/Mac Widgets
Montastic offers free website monitoring for up to 3 websites from many locations in the USA making it ideal for those sites whose target market is in North America. In addition to email and RSS feed alerts for problems on your sites, additional tools to help you keep track of alerts include widgets for your Windows PC or Mac OSX.
Includes:Up to 50 sites monitored, User-set check interval of 5 minutes+, Alerts via Email RSS, Twitter and push notifications
Uptime Robot is possibly the best free website monitoring service solution, allowing the monitoring of up to 50 websites with checks made at an interval of only 5 minutes. If the software detects any issues then it initiates further checks, which if they concur issues an alert to you via email, RSS feed, Twitter feed or push notification to your smartphone.