Pingdom Tools: Monitor Website Performance – 2017 | UPDATED
Every web master is interested in stable operation of their websites. Each minute of down time in the operation of your website or mail can lead to crucial consequences. It is especially so if your website is your source of income. It is obvious that if a website is not working, customers and visitors cannot access it. You lose income, reputation and customers. I do not think that anyone wants to lose customers and visitors.
Frequently you cannot tell when the website stops working; therefore you may not know that it does not work… Minutes, hours, days…Until you get to know it yourself or someone tells you that.
There are plenty of different services for website monitoring, but not all of them are free. In today’s digest I am going to introduce in detail our readers to the opportunities of Pingdom.
In today’s review on Pingdom.com I will tell you about the productivity of servers and the use of this service for the uptime monitoring. Pingdom has a large-scale network of monitoring servers located in different parts all over the world which will take charge of the working capacity of your websites and servers on round-the-clock basis.
To start using the service you need to sign up. Before you start working with Pingdom you can adjust several parameters to your preferences (the so-called localization settings). For instance, you can set up the time zone, your country and the date and time formats that you prefer.
You only need to set all of the above mentioned preferences once. If you wish, you change your settings later by going to the Settings page in the left menu.
Further on, after you have registered you need to type the website address and set up the monitoring process. In order to add another check in Pingdom, press the Add new check button on the mail page of the control panel.
You need to name every check, for instance, for the monitoring of the website you are reading right now I have chosen the name Webtun. Then you select the frequency of checks, that is, how often Pingdom should monitor your website or server. The time between checks can vary from 1 to 60 minutes.
Pingdom has several types of checks depending on what you want to monitor. Choose the check type, for instance, HTTP(S), TCP Port, Ping, DNS, UDP, SMTP, POP3, and IMAP.
Surely, then you type the website address or your server’s IP.
You can optionally type your port number or other necessary data for the server access; see the Optional settings tab. Additional settings allow you to select the more advanced options.
Then you go to notification settings: email, SMS, Twitter, iPhone, the time between notifications, and the number of sent notifications.
One can send notifications to the unlimited number of contacts.
Personally I am delighted with the option that allows sending notifications to Android smartphones (we will talk about this option later).
Note how long your website/server should be down before the system starts sending notifications.
If your website has several administrators, you can create several contacts to receive trouble notifications.
You need to type:
1) e-mail address for notifications.
2) Cell phone number for SMS with notification texts.
3) Select SMS provider. If the SMS carrier cannot deliver SMS-notifications by default, there is an opportunity to automatically select another SMS carrier to reach this contact.
After that Pingdom starts checking your site in the selected time interval, and if your site is inaccessible, you will receive a notification on your selected contacts. You can watch the website statistics at any time.
Choose the time period for the statistics. The graph will display the monitoring of your Uptime and Downtime. You can also watch the total downtime of your website and the detailed list of all checks’ results.
Here we also select the time period and watch the graph with all changes in the website response time. We can see minimum, average and maximum values.
Detailed check log report
For the purpose of analysis there is the detailed log of all checks with the time of monitoring, the result, response time and the location of a server which checked the website. You can export the results in the Excel format.
In case of unsuccessful check you can analyze errors. In the report Traceroute to a server, the request and the server response are mentioned. In case of unsuccessful check there is an additional one depending on the type of error. The analysis is always conducted from two sources for the additional perspective.
You have an opportunity to watch the notification history, make the report and send it via e-mail or export data in .CSV (Excel). You can apply filters to the list in order to facilitate the search for certain alerts (for instance, on some certain date to a certain contact).
When activating public reports option you will receive a unique URL address to the overall page with the selected check, and each of these checks also receives their URL addresses. Here you can see when was the last check and the current condition, and the uptime and the response time for each month and for each day of the month.
Email report subscription
Reports via e-mail can be sent on the daily, weekly, or monthly basis. You can also manually type the e-mail address if you want to send reports to people not present in your contacts list.
There is a limitation in the free version: monitoring of one site and 20 SMS notifications. To overcome a limitation one needs to buy a subscription to an account.
With Pingdom you will be the first one to know when your website is down.
Pingdom Application for iPhone and Android.
There is an application for iPhones and Android phones for working with Pingdom. Applications allow connecting to the monitoring service Pingdom and watch the current condition of servers and websites which you track. Believe me, it is very convenient when you receive an error message right on your smartphone.
Having installed an application, you will be able to receive alerts (Push Notifications) right on your phone (Android 2.2 or later version required). You can watch the current accessibility, the response time statistics of your website and servers. You will be able to choose the desired check type (HTTP, Ping, DNS, SMTP, IMAP, POP3, TCP port, etc.)
To use Pingdom for Android you primarily need to be registered on Pingdom and install this application on your smartphone.
In the notifications settings (which we discussed earlier) you need to tick that you want to receive application through an Android device (in my case).
If you did everything correctly and your smartphone is connected to your account, then on the page with your contact information you will be able to see the following information with how many devices are successfully connected.
You can use more than one connected device.
Forewarned is forearmed. Cut the downtime of your website!
Do not miss a visitor or customer!