Sometimes people cann’t believe in their infrastructure. This can be easily understood because maintaining complex software integrates several pieces of information. Moreover, people sometimes hire bad IT solutions and as a result,
shit accidents happen.
I have been using some tools to report me web server down time. Here we go:
- monitor.us: it is a powerful tool that provides several features. I am currently using it to monitor a specific term in a specific page. It’s a free feature and it can check a website from 2 different countries
- Pingdom: it looks like a full solution to analyse performance issues and downtime
- Pingoou: this a Brazilian option. It offers up to 3 URLs in the free account and notifications via SMS, Campfire, Hipchat and email in the paid accounts
- SiteUptime: 1 monitor for free each 30 minutes. Actually is not the best deal
- UptimeRobot: it monitors up to 50 websites for free
Building it own tool
You can alternatively build your own monitoring tool to check if a website is up or down. The concept is pretty simple: you can use your favorite language to create a script that loads a page and then you are able to check a specific string in the document. In the following example I used Ruby and Mechanize gem to request a status page.
In this case, I use Heroku to run this script. The emails are delivered by SendGrid, via Pony gem. There are no costs in the process.
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