Everybody has to start somewhere and if you don’t already have some specific sophisticated needs for upper tier website monitoring services Pingdom offers an excellent place to start for free.
Most people looking for website monitoring services are trying to answer the questions…
Is my site up? and How is it performing?
For a single website, Pingdom will help you answer both for FREE.
Some people say you get what you pay for, but I think this is a very adequate monitoring service that I use for my own website’s monitoring needs.
What do you get for free?
Each free account gets 1 “check” and the ability to monitor basic real user monitoring (RUM) statistics for a single web domain.
The “check” can be setup as a 1-minute basic site test for availability or a 10-minute multistep transaction. They don’t have a fancy transaction recorder so you will have to do some hand scripting in their high level language if you want a transaction. I’m using the 1-minute basic website monitor because I really like the granularity of the short testing interval.
Here’s a quick glimpse at the Dashboard for my site check.
You also get their new’ish basic real user monitoring (RUM) that captures the page load timing from the web browser of all of your site visitors and displays information about those visitors by performance, geography, pages visited and more.
It uses the APDEX method for calculating user experience and presenting the % of users hat are satisfied, tolerating or frustrated.
Of course, if you have more sophisticated synthetic web performance monitoring needs there are a slew of services to evaluate, but please don’t say you can’t afford to ensure the availability and performance of your website.