Today’s edition in our Services We Use Series will be short and sweet; however, the brevity of the post doesn’t diminish the importance of this service. StatusCake is our choice for a dedicated uptime monitor. We briefly mentioned uptime monitoring in our DropMySite post. Where DropMySite covers the basics, StatusCake has more advanced options for monitoring and notifications.
As mentioned in the introduction, StatusCake provides some great capabilities on setting up monitors.
With all of these settings, we’re able to fine tune how often the checks occur and how fast we should be alerted. This helps us to minimize the alerts during quick downtime that doesn’t need our attention. We typically set everything up to get our first alert after 10 – 15 minutes of downtime.
What’s a great uptime monitor without great notifications. On top of email, StatusCake offers many different ways to receive notifications. The two methods that we use are the Slack integration and text notifications. For all of our client projects, we setup notifications to go to Slack as a backup just in case we are having email issues. These Slack notifications come at the same interval and help us to actively resolve any issues that may arise. For a couple of projects, we do have text notifications turned on. Whenever one of these websites goes down, I personally receive a text message denoting the website is down.
StatusCake offers these additional services as well:
Read more about these features at https://www.statuscake.com/features/.
The importance of actively monitoring websites can’t be overstated. It’s inevitable that an issue or two may arise. Our goal is to resolve issues before website visitors see the issues. StatusCake allows us to easily accomplish that goal through its advanced configuration and multiple notification options. If you have any questions about how StatusCake can help your business, feel free to leave a comment or contact us