Review: Pingdom Site Monitoring

With the rapid growth of the web and businesses flocking to pursue online services, it's no wonder that uptime is of utmost importance. Downtime on mission critical servers can cost businesses money, annoy users and lose customers. Enter Pingdom. Pingdom is a subscription service that offers site monitoring, statistics and performance measurements.


Setting It Up

Pingdom seems to be aimed more to the business professional than the casual blogger, but anyone who places great value on their website will find the service useful. A Pingdom account will run you 9.95 per month. It includes the ability to monitor 5 websites and comes with 20 SMS notifications. Setting up a site to monitor (Pingdom calls them "checks") is a simple process once you login to the Pingdom Panel. Pingdom will begin monitoring the site once you specify a few things...

Fancy Graphs

I setup Pingdom to check my site every 5 minutes with the HTTP sensor. This means it won't just ping my site, but it will load all of the HTML (no images); this not only gives some idea of server uptime but also a general idea of server performance. Unfortunately, Media Temple is too good at what they do and I have not experienced any downtime in the past two weeks I have been using Pingdom. If I had experienced downtime, it would be shown in red.

Keep in mind here that this is the time to load the HTML, not just ping it.
Pingdom has multiple servers to keep track of your site's performance and uptime.

Final Thoughts

It's not every day you find a service like the Sweden-based Pingdom. Pingdom provides an excellent service with a great interface. Currently, Pingdom's offerings are fairly basic but should be enough to satisfy the average webmaster. At 9.95 per month, anyone with a decently trafficked website can justify the cost just as much as they can justify the cost for their dedicated server. There wasn't really anything about Pingdom I didn't like. For those interested, Pingdom is offering a 30 day free trial. Also be sure to check out the interesting Pingdom GIGRIB, which provides free, public uptime information about a large number of websites.

If you are a power user, Pingdom lets you purchase additional SMS alerts and checks (2 each extra check per month) as necessary. Pingdom is the first site monitoring service I have used, however other competitors with similar offerings are Site Uptime, 1st Warning and Alertra. If you are the super Linux admin type, you might prefer using Nagios, a server-side application you can install to receive detailed stats, such as uptime, about your server.

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"Review: Pingdom Site Monitoring" by @Stammy