By now you have surely heard the tale of our tech near-disaster: we discovered our product was acting wonky on a customer’s site, which led us to discover that other products also were, which led us to discover several products acting strangely on other sites too, which let us to figure out which product was the culprit and get the problem fixed in (almost) no time. Phew!
We were able to catch the problem before it caused lost business due to frustrated customers giving up, leaving, and choosing other dealerships.
So today we want to share with you some of the best website uptime monitoring services. They do exactly what their name implies: constantly monitor your website to make sure it is up and running, without interruptions or problems.
Why bother with a separate monitoring service for your dealership website? Doesn’t your website provider already offer this?
Probably. But no one cares about your dealership website as much as you do. Your website is so crucial: it is where customers find you, research you, and decide to buy from you– or not. You have invested so much into it. So make that effort to ensure your website is running all the time, and to be able to find out, immediately and directly, if it isn’t.
The good news is that there is a wide variety of monitoring services, so you can find one that suits your dealership’s needs. Here are some of our favorites:
With some of the world’s biggest-name customers, including Twitter, Facebook, and Mailchimp, Pingdom is extremely well-established and widely trusted. They offer by-the-minute website uptime monitoring, as well as page speed checks. You can get notification by text or email to make sure everything is running smoothly.
Another popular service to monitor your website, Uptime Robot, is used by major clients like Fandango and Expedia– but with its free options, it is utterly accessible. For no charge, it checks your website every five minutes, and paid upgrades offer checks every minute. It’s reliable but unpretentious– a great combination in a website monitor, we say.
New Relic provides comprehensive services for every digital business facet, in addition to website uptime alerts. Definitely the provider of choice for hard-core techies, actual or aspirational– and with an excellent reputation to boot.
On the other end of the scale, Montastic calls itself The Simple Website Monitoring Service– and that might be all you need. Free plans monitor 3 URLs at 30 minute intervals, and more extensive paid plans start at $5/month.
Monitory is an entirely free basic monitoring service. It offers unlimited checks done at 1-minute intervals, and alerts over email, text, or tweet. Signup is super straightforward and easy. A solid choice if you’re not looking for anything fancy.
Let us know how these tools work for you! Happy monitoring!