November 4, 2013

Monitor – Instant Outage Updates

Website outages can happen to anyone, and they can happen at any time. Monitor ensures that website owners are the first ones to know when their sites go down, notifying users by text message when their websites go offline and online in quick succession.

Monitor is an intentionally bare bones application. Rather than complicating things with lots of add-on features, the team behind Monitor has kept a sharp focus on simplicity. New users can be up and running with Monitor in less than a minute, and without having to download or install any plugins on their websites. Once your website is connected to the platform, Monitor will run a series of checks to determine the “health” of your site—even if it’s currently offline—and provide you with 30-days worth of uptime reports.

Users who have signed up for paid Monitor plans can get an unlimited number of email and text alerts in the event that their websites go offline. Monitor supports every cell carrier in the U.S., and the platform itself is accessible from any computer or smartphone device.

Practical Uses:

  • Get a text message when your website goes offline
  • Find out that your website is down before your customers have a chance to notice
  • Receive notifications as soon as your website comes back online
  • Get insight into the health of all the websites you run

Insider Tips:

  • Users with upgraded accounts can sync an unlimited number of websites
  • Monitor supports every cell carrier in the U.S.
  • Monitor uses bank-level encryption and security
  • Premium subscriptions come with faster syncing

What we liked:

  • Users can receive downtime notices via email or SMS
  • Site Health Meter reports provide users with 30-days of uptime data
  • Publishers can use Monitor without installing any plugins on their websites
  • Users are not charged based on the number of text alerts they receive

What we didn’t like:

  • Monitor hasn’t come out with a mobile app yet


Company Info:

  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Mardela, Maryland
  • Founded by: Brandon Green, Michael Dick, Evan Dudla
  • Web site:


  • Free trial
  • $5.99 per month

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