In my previous article I introduced you to the tools which every site owner should use.
In this article, I am going to talk about Pingdom Alternatives.
I am sure you will agree with me when I say:
Pingdom is a great tool. But its expensive and comes with limited options in terms of features and customer support.
Well, it turns out, there are many tools (aka Pingdom alternatives) that are cheaper, have more features than Pingdom and are more easier to use.
And in today’s post I am going to show you some of the best Pingdom alternatives that are perfect fit for your needs.
1. ServiceUptime: (My Favorite)
ServiceUptime allows you to monitor your website from 10 different locations around the world. They have customizable monitoring frequencies from as low as 1 minute to 60 minutes. It features a number of different monitoring services such as HTTP, HTTPS, ICMP, FTP, DNS, POP3 etc.
What makes ServiceUptime a great monitoring tool is the fact that each time your service is checked from a different location, and an alert is generated only when multiple locations detect a failure.
If you need to trigger scripts on your website (webhooks) for special conditions such as downtime, then ServiceUptime is a great tool to consider. All premium plans of ServiceUptime support the use of Webhooks.
ServiceUptime has free and paid monitoring that you can choose from. The free monitoring service allows you to monitor one service every 30 or 60 minutes; while the paid services ranges from 10 monitors to 110 monitors depending on the plan chosen.
What I like about ServiceUptime:
Flexible Frequency options.
Ability to choose any ports under Free plan
Uptime.com not only monitors your server’s uptime but also provides sever performance reports. This has an unlimited capacity to monitor websites and can monitor HTTP, HTTPS, Ping, SSH, TCP, DNS, API, transactions, emails and many more.
Uptime.com does continuous monitoring in a span of one minute from 30 different locations. In case it encounters any website glitches, then you receive on-demand alerts. These alerts are sent via SMS, email, push notification, Twitter or webhooks.
This has a 21-day free trial. Post this there are multiple plans, with the most basic plan starting at $8/month.
All plans include SSL monitoring, 24/7 support, ping monitoring, virus, and malware scanning, and real user monitoring.
Uptime.com provides comprehensive reporting data with server performance, response time and actual uptime. You can check website uptime history and can get daily, weekly and monthly reports over email.
With each plan, you also get a public status page which can be displayed internally or on a public portal. Uptime.com’s basic plan provides 4-month retention of historical data. Uptime.com also supports third-party integrations. These services are combined with good technical support guides over its help section.
What I like about Uptime.com:
Alerts via Twitter
Monitors DNS, Mails server, web server, and supports IP and domain blacklisting
RapidSpike is yet another solution to monitor the uptime of your website. This comes with a 14-day free trial. It has an automated and continuous uptime monitoring service.
With RapidSpike you can add new websites or servers instantaneously for monitoring. It has constant 24//7/365 notifications and you will be immediately notified in case of any downtime.
There is a number of ways, RapidSpike sends a notification. It can send notifications via email, SMS, voice call, webhooks, Slack channels, pushover, Microsoft teams or office 365, PagerDuty, app messaging or public status page.
RapidSpike can run at an interval of 1 minute and if you want it at a longer duration then this is configurable.
RapidSpike has round the globe support and ensures to check across multiple locations before sending any downtime notification. The services are combined with multiple notification rules. This is useful when there are multiple stakeholders with different interests.
This is equally accessible via desktop, tablet, mobile or any other device. It has a consolidated view available over the dashboard which provides relevant uptime metrics.
RapidSpike has detailed reporting including tracking of every page. At the same time, it would send a single notification in case there are multiple page failures. It can monitor ping, HTTP and TCP.
What I like about RapidSpike.com:
A large number of notification channels
Supports API monitoring, security vulnerability scans, and real user monitoring
SiteUptime monitors your website every two minutes from 8 different locations spread across 5 continents. It features multiple monitoring options such as HTTP, HTTPS, DNS, ICMP, POP3 etc.
SiteUptime avoids false positives by confirming the alert from an alternate geographical location.
If you’re considering trying a free website monitoring tool before moving to a paid option, SiteUptime is a great choice. The free plan allows you to setup one monitor that checks your website every 30 minutes. It also includes uptime reports, email alerts and a control panel. The advanced plans allow you to setup upto six monitors that check your website every 2 minutes.
What I like about SiteUptime:
Monitoring stats via XML/RSS
5. Host Tracker:
Host Tracker isn’t just about content monitoring and response time check. They also include database monitoring.
Host Tracker monitors your website from more than 70 locations around the world using multiple protocols such as HTTP, HTTPS, ICMP, FTP, SSH, RDP etc.
Host Tracker’s got more than just email, SMS and phone call to get you alerted. You can also choose to get alerted over Hangouts and Skype.
In addition to web monitoring, Host Tracker also allows you to monitor load on your CPU, HDD and RAM; and certificate expiration.
Reports can be downloaded in different formats such as PDF, XML and CSV.
You can integrate your own application with Host Tracker using their API.
Host Trackers’ stats certainly make it an option to consider: 8 years on air, 40000+ customers and 200000+ monitored websites.
What I like about Host Tracker:
Huge alert options including via Hangouts, Skype and Voice Call
Tracking for Black listed domain/IP possible
6. Site 24×7
Site24x7 is an all-in-one solution that allows you to monitor not just your website, but also your mobile website, mobile apps and cloud assets running on Amazon EC2.
A recent report from Fortune states that mobile traffic is set to grow at a compounded annual rate of 53% from 2015 to 2020. This reinforces the importance of monitoring your mobile websites and mobile apps.
Site24x7 monitors services such as HTTP, HTTPS, ICMP, DNS, FTP etc. from over 50 locations around the world. It also features real-time user monitoring with metrics such as browser type, location and platform.
What more? Site24x7 also features server performance monitoring and network monitoring. It monitors servers such as Windows, Linux, Amazon EC2 and VMware ESX; and network devices such as routers, switches, firewalls and printers.
Site24x7 should be your choice if you’re looking for more than just website monitoring; like monitoring your mobile applications, application performance, server performance and network performance.
What I like about Site24x7:
Can monitor Cloud infrastructure such as Amazon EC2
Mobile application monitoring & application performance monitoring for Java,.NET, AWS, Azure, iOS & Android Environments
Pingdom alternatives comparison at glance
Free Plan Available?
|Service Uptime||HTTP, HTTPS,
ICMP, FTP, DNS, POP3
|10 monitor||up to 3 min||Email/SMS/Call|
|Uptime||HTTP, HTTPS, Ping, SSH, TCP, DNS, API||20 monitor||1 min||Email/SMS/Call/Push Notifications|
|RapidSpike||HTTP, HTTPS, Ping, TCP||50 monitor||2 min||Email/SMS/Call|
DNS, ICMP, POP3
|1 monitor||2 Minute||Email/SMS|
|Host Tracker||HTTP, HTTPS, ICMP,
FTP, SSH, RDP
|Up to 5 URLs||10 minutes||SMS|
|Site 24×7||HTTP, HTTPS,
ICMP, DNS, FTP
|Up to 5 URLs||1 min||SMS|
The alternatives mentioned here give you a number of different choices for monitoring your websites.
The choices differ not only in terms of cost, but also in terms of services that can be monitored, number of locations, reporting formats and metrics, and alerting mechanisms.
Consider ServiceUptime while making your choice for a website monitoring tool because it has great features compared to others.
Please comment below and let me know which one you chose.