9:20 PMWeb site monitoring service for free
Looked for a no-frills monitoring solution which could do basic web-site availability. Main requirements were: Free. Support more than 3 servers to monitor. Android app, preferable with home screen widget. Quick set-up.
The winner so far:
Site-Monitoring.NET - simple yet powerful free web monitoring service by IdeaMK. It does simple URL polls over HTTP/HTTPS in 10, 15, 30 minutes or 1 hour intervals. It looks for certain HTTP responses and web-page text.
Site-Monitoring.net provides convenient web interface for monitor settings and stats. You may also install its Android home screen widget from GooglePlay - WebsiteMonitoring. The widget does make it really outstanding :-) If you install it, and do not see it in your Apps - that's normal. Look for it in widgets, stick it to your home screen and go from there.
Alerts can be sent over email or SMS. SMS alerting is the only paid option.
Monitoring is totally free. You only have to pay if you want SMS alerts to your phone. The other way to support project is to donate money over PayPal.
Other free web site monitoring services consideredMonitor.Us - true all-in-one monitoring service. Provides full range of checks, including service statuses and system health. Can check things from variety of geographical locations. Freeware version of Monitis. Has apps for Android and Apple devices. Has native agents for MS Windows and Linux servers to get system data. No home screen widgets. UptimeRobot - status code checks every 5 minutes, besides the usual HTTP(S) check includes ping. Can check things from variety of geographical locations. Alerts via e-mail, SMS, Twitter, web-hooks or push. I did not find any mobile apps nor widget.
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