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Anyone concerned with the uptime of a website has got to be monitoring its availability one way or another. Previously I had used a service called Site24x7 because it’s free, and overall it did a pretty good job. I’m now switching over to Pingdom because they just announced that they are now offering free website monitoring as well.

I used Pingdom for a little while when they were giving away free 1-year accounts, and I liked it a lot because of the nice reports it generated. You get all of those features with the free service they now have, but there’s one catch. You can only monitor one site per account. For most people that will be fine, and I think that’s a great way for them to attract users. You don’t need to provide any credit card details when setting up an account either, which is a concern some people may have.

Here’s a rundown on some of my favorite features:

  • You can have it check a site as often as every 1 minute.
  • It can look for specific words on a page, and if those words aren’t found it will consider the site to be down.
  • Site is monitored from all around the world (London, Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, and several states in the U.S.).
  • Full logs are available of every check Pingdom makes, its response time, and where the check was performed from.
  • Detailed reports on uptime and response times.
  • Daily, weekly, and/or monthly reports that outline the performance of the site can be emailed to you.
  • There’s an iPhone app, but it crashes when I try to use it. Hopefully they’ll update it to work with OS 3.0.

It’s up to you whether to use a service like Pingdom, but I’d say it’s worth it. And I’m always grateful when a service this nice is free.

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