In my post, I show you how to monitor website uptime for your blog using Uptime Robot. If you have more than one site, don’t worry, you can add up to fifty sites.
Why do you need to use Uptime Robot? Unless you are monitoring your site 24/7, you won’t know if your site is live on the internet or not. Uptime Robot sends requests to your site multiple times a day, if it receives a reply, then your site is live. If it receives an error, you get notified that your site is not live on the internet.
My easy to follow guide shows you how to set up an uptime monitor for your website.
Let’s get started.
Sign up for a free Uptime Robot account
This is Uptime Robot’s homepage. Their free option allows you to have up to 50 monitors with uptime checks as often as every five minutes, totally free!
First, click on the ‘Sign Up’ link on the top-right of the homepage. Then you come to this page.
Enter your name, email address, and password. Then, tick the ‘I’m not a robot’ box and select ‘Sign up’. After sign up, you get a confirmation message.
Before you can use Uptime Robot, you need to confirm your email address.
Once you have confirmed your email address, go back to Uptime Robot’s homepage and sign in.
After you sign in for the first time, your dashboard will look like this.
How to set up uptime monitoring for your website
First, click on the green ‘Add New Monitor’ link on the top-left of the page. Then you come to this page.
From the monitor type drop-down box, select ‘HTTP(s)’.
Once you select HTTP(s), you are requested to complete more details about your site.
The second box asks you for a ‘Friendly Name’. A name to help you identify this site.
The next box is for the URL of your website. You do not need to add an ‘S’ to the end of HTTP.
The last box asks you to set the frequency of checks. With a free account, the minimum monitoring interval you can set is five minutes. If you think that is too often, move the green bar to the right.
In my example, I have set the monitor for this website to check every 60 minutes.
After you have finished, scroll to the bottom of the page. Above the ‘Create monitor’ link, you can see the email address you used to create your free account. Uptime robot needs an email address to send you notifications if your website is down.
If you are happy to use this email address to receive notifications, tick the box.
Lastly, click on the blue ‘Create Monitor’ link.
You have created your website uptime monitor
After set up, you receive a message that your monitor was created successfully.
Uptime Robot dashboard
This is your account dashboard.
On the left, are the sites you are monitoring. On the right, are the current statistics of your monitors.
Underneath the quick stat display, you have a timer for your monitors. This timer lets you know how long your site has been live on the internet since the last error.
From my screenshot, you can see I started this monitor 7 minutes ago and all is good with my website.
I have set this monitor to check my website every 60 minutes. If there are no errors, the timer will continue running. If there is a problem, the monitor turns red and sends a notification.
How to set up a website uptime monitor video tutorial
Frequently asked questions
Use Uptime Robot. It is a free tool to monitor website uptime
Uptime robot is a website uptime monitoring service. If your site is down, they will send you a notification.
You want uptime to be as close to 100% as possible. 100% uptime means your website will always be accessible on the website.
Hosting companies will promote their hosting packages with uptime guarantees. Uptime means when a website is accessible on the internet. As a website owner, you want your site to be accessible to your visitors 24/7.
With my step by step tutorial, you can now monitor website uptime for your blog. No more searching on the internet for the best tool.
I use Uptime Robot to monitor my sites, it is an excellent monitoring service. Set up takes a few minutes and is completely free. If Uptime Robot finds your website down, you get notified. You receive another notification from Uptime robot when your site is live again.
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