Your website’s availability is (of course) a critical factor in its success. A website that experiences downtime too frequently may lose visitors, which can directly impact its earnings and your business’ profits. To prevent this, you need a reliable way to keep tabs on your site’s performance.
Fortunately, there are plugins and services available that monitor your website and alert you to any anomalies. You can then have a better idea of how your website is performing, and whether there are any problems you need to address.
In this post, we’ll introduce five of the top uptime monitoring solutions for your WordPress website. We’ll then provide a concise breakdown of each, including how they stack up. Let’s get started!
What Is Uptime Monitoring?
Uptime monitoring is a service that keeps tabs on whether your website is online. An uptime monitoring solution will check your website’s server at a regular frequency (determined by the service and your plan), and alert you when your website goes offline for any reason.
Why Uptime Monitoring is Important
The frequency with which your website is offline (i.e. experiencing ‘downtime’) will have a major impact on your website’s (and business’) success. This is why it’s important to ascertain the current status of your website.
There are various consequences for frequent downtime. These include a poor User Experience (UX), a loss of profits and income (including sales and ad revenue), and a negative impact on your search engine rankings.
How Does Uptime Monitoring Work?
When you visit a website, a short ‘discussion’ occurs between your web browser and the site’s server. The site will then return a HTTP status code, which determines whether you can either gain access (online) or not (offline).
Uptime monitoring services do the same, though they ‘ping’ the server instead of visiting with a browser. The service then reads the HTTP code, and will alert you if downtime is detected.
What’s more, monitoring services will typically use multiple locations to ping the server. This ensures there are no false alarms when you’re notified of downtime.
WordPress Uptime Monitoring Plugins
There are a few features to look for in uptime monitoring plugins and software when considering your options. The more frequent the monitoring, the better. However, you also want to consider whether the plugin offers performance reports, downtime alerts, and multiple location server checks.
Let’s look at some example solutions.
ManageWP Worker is an WordPress management plugin that includes cloud backups, automated updates, client reports, and performance and security checks. The plugin also offers pro add-ons, including Advanced Client Report and Uptime Monitor.
Price: The Lite plugin is free, but uptime monitoring requires you to purchase the add-on for $1 per website per month.
Pros: You get instantaneous downtime alerts (both via email and SMS), plus the ability to manage an almost unlimited number of websites.
Cons: The Uptime Monitor is a paid feature only.
Jetpack is a multi-module design, marketing, and security plugin created by Automattic, the developers of WordPress. Most pertinently, it includes real-time site backups (branded as VaultPress) and downtime monitoring, among a number of other useful features.
Price: The base plugin is free (which includes downtime monitoring), but you can upgrade to the Pro version starting at $3.50 per month, which (of course) gives you more features to play with.
Pros: Frequent server checks, and instantaneous downtime notifications via email and SMS.
Cons: Downtime monitoring is just one module of many, so it isn’t as feature-intensive as other solutions.
Uptime Robot is an online uptime monitor. The software enables you to integrate its API into your website, then receive frequent server monitoring updates. You also have access to downtime statistics (either two months or 12 months of logs).
Price: The free account includes five-minute interval monitoring, but you can upgrade to a premium version with one-minute interval monitoring starting at $4.50 per month.
Pros: Multiple website checks, frequent server checks, and uptime and downtime statistics.
Cons: Unfortunately, SMS alerts are limited.
Internet Vista is another online uptime monitor, that includes cloud-based monitoring, along with its own REST API (handy for developers) There’s also top-notch customer support on-hand to help you if you get stuck.
Price: Plans start at $2.48 per month, with varying monitoring intervals from one minute (on the pricier end) to 60 minutes.
Pros: Performance reports, real-time alerts, and great customer support.
Cons: The software has pricier monitoring plans than other solutions, and we’d like to see more flexibility between monitoring intervals.
Offering both a WordPress plugin and Google Analytics integration, Super Monitoring offers minute-by-minute server monitoring. The software uses multiple location checks to ensure no false alarms are raised, and provides real-time notifications.
Pros: One-minute interval monitoring, as well as real-time notifications (email and SMS) and multiple location server checks.
Cons: Plans are on the pricier side, and the additional cost of SMS alerts mean you may not always be kept up-to-date on downtime.
WordPress Uptime Monitoring Plugins Overview
As reacting to downtimes is crucial for website success, it’s important to select the right plugin for your needs. Here’s a more concise look at the solutions we’ve mentioned, as ranked by us.
Uptime Robot is one of the fuller-featured uptime monitoring solutions on our list. The free plan offers five-minute monitoring intervals, as well as both email and SMS alerts. You also have access to uptime/downtime statistics (two months for the free plan, and 12 months for premium ones). By upgrading, you have access to more frequent monitoring (every one minute).
Super Monitoring is another non-plugin solution on our list, though there is no free plan available. Your server will be checked every minute from multiple locations to prevent false downtime alarms.
ManageWP Worker has just about all you’d need to monitor your website’s server. This includes instantaneous downtime alerts via email and SMS, and you can also monitor an unlimited number of websites (depending on your plan). For an all-around management plugin, it’s a good solution.
The other multi-purpose plugin on our list (Jetpack) provides solid uptime monitoring features for WordPress users. The free plan provides you with the complete set of downtime monitoring features, including five-minute interval server checks and instantaneous alerts.
Internet Vista is one of the pricier options with less frequent downtime monitoring. Longer intervals may be okay for smaller websites, but even just a few minutes of unnoticed downtime can be disastrous for larger ones. Of course, you can pay for shorter intervals, but it comes at a cost.
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