I have recently discovered PingDom a online pay per use web site & server monitoring service. Over the years I have dabbled with a wide variety of tools for this purpose or paid for various services. This one stands out as the most credible and feature rich option. Our server is currently hosting a good handful of paying customers running ecommerce site and other business web sites. With several businesses ecommerce relying on our cloud sever I though it would be prudent to not only have a great backup system but also have a monitoring system in place, especially since the vast majority of server downtime can be attributed to two issues 1) human error or 2) hackers. This seams like a good service. If anyone has any other suggestions, I would love to see them in the comments. I am considering offering this as an add-on service to my hosting customers in the near future. There are a few great features I’d like to highlight.
1. The ability to post on a custom domain the site status and history, or simply use their link to provide a historical view of all site history - (i.e. status.mydomain.com – I have not set this up, but it seems easy enough) . Here is a link example of this service reporting the uptime of the site: http://www.MSNOffersforschoolsc.om Reporting site: http://stats.pingdom.com/obucgp1yz251
2. The ability to include report banners on your own web site. Here is an example using the HTML embed information provided by PingDom This is a static report from the monitoring of www.msnoffersforschools.comsince I signed for the free trial of the service.
So far it seems like a great service at a reasonable price. I really like the free trial, and free monitoring of a single domain. In the near future, should any of my customers like this service, I will upgrade to a more advance package. Looking forward to your comments on this and other suggested site and server monitoring services.