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How to monitor if your website is alive

Making sure that your own and your clients’ websites are always online and ready for business is crucial for your reputation as a web developer.

Even though it might not be your problem or even your fault if the website is down, you might be considered the only one who can fix it if client’s website, in fact, does go down.

It’s impossible to prevent websites for being unresponsive or have issues a hundred percent of the time. However, what you can do is to make sure that you are the first to know if and when something happens.

Your clients might expect that you refresh their sites every five minutes to check whether or not they are online.

Luckily, there is an easy solution to this. You can use a website monitoring tool that will perform this task for you.

There are actually many different services that can track changes and monitor the uptime performance on your websites of choice. In some cases, they will even track interesting statistics such as the loading speed, time to first byte, and similar.

Over the years we have tried a few different services that we can happily recommend:

Uptime Robot

One of the first monitoring services that we tried and tested. Writing from our experience, Uptime Robot is a reliable tool that delivers great value. Fortunately for you, they offer basic features free of charge.

Check out Uptime Robot

Manage WP

It has a wide range of services under one roof that could enhance your entire WordPress management. One of these services is Uptime monitor. If you're a premium user of Manage WP, you can turn on this feature straight from your dashboard.

Visit Manage WP for more details

Hexometer

This is an all-round website uptime performance monitoring service. They track whether or not your website is live, how fast it loads, if your website has any coat issues, and if you have any 404s a.k.a. broken links on your website. The lowest plan is free and I think it would be worth your while to check it out.

Explore Hexometer’s features and pricing plans

Simon

If you’re looking for a more keto solution that allows more customizability as well as loads of other features you might be interested in Simon for macOS. This app allows you to monitor various different protocols that a server can communicate through. The only downside is that this solution is not hosted in the cloud and therefore has to run on your local computer which has to be turned on to monitor.

Learn more about Simon

Conclusion

As you see there are many different ways to solve this challenge and actually many of them are either free or very affordable. In other words, there are no reasons why you shouldn’t be the first to know when your client-server is misbehaving.

I would recommend that you set up a monitoring service right away so you can stay on top of your websites’ performance and make sure that your clients hear from you when their website has been fixed rather than have to tell you to fix it.

What a great way to build long-term relationships with your website clients and build trust for your brand.