Best Free Pingdom Alternatives for WordPress-site monitoring
A popular service for monitoring sites Pingdom closes its free accounts since January 28, 2016. In this article, we have collected some free alternatives to help replace Pingdom.
Why you need monitoring service?
Monitoring service allows you to automatically track the uptime of your site, and receive notifications each time your site is down or crashed, packet loss in the network provider, or any other problem with your hosting provider, etc.
Many services allow you to keep track of not only a response from your Web server, but also watch the content of those responses, check availability and relevance of SSL certificates, measure the opening time of the page, check the additional services on your server.
1. Jetpack Monitor
The Jetpack – one of the most popular plugins for WordPress. It built a large number of modules, one of which is Jetpack Monitor. It uses WordPress.com network infrastructure to track the performance of your site and sends e-mail notification in case of any problems with accessibility.
This module does not have any settings and types of inspections, has no possibility to send an SMS or Push notifications, etc., but its simplicity is one of the benefits for less experience webmasters.
2. Yandex Metrica
The counter settings on Yandex Metrica service has a function to include email notification and receive SMS messages.
3. Uptime Robot
The Robot the Uptime – one of the main competitors of Pingdom. They provide almost, all the same, features as Pingdom, but with a free plan.
It is worth noting that the free version does not have SMS notification, but you can buy SMS notification package stating $15. There are several unofficial Uptime Robot plugins available for the WordPress.
StatusCake has a large number of additional features, but if you only need to monitor the uptime of your site, its free version is fine.
Paid version StatusCake has the opportunity to check the content of your pages, scan the front part of the site for viruses, check the validity of SSL certificates that track the performance of your DNS servers, create a public status pages and much more.
5. Nagios Core
Nagios Core is a free tool that can be installed on a separate server and track an unlimited number of sites, services and much more. If you have problems with that you can receive e-mail, Push-notifications through a free service Pushbullet and the SMS-messages or calls, example through Twilio.
This tool has additional plug-ins, with which you can monitor additional services and performance. For example, you can monitor the load on your server, memory usage, network status. If you are using Memcached for WordPress, you can also track the status of Memcached server.
The Core Nagios is quite convenient (though not very beautiful) web interface but note that the configuration of this tool requires a basic knowledge of Linux and install Nagios in a separate data center from your website data center.
Tell us what is your favorite plugin or service to monitor the availability and performance of Web sites? Share your opinion in the comments.