Port Monitor: a free and simple app to make sure your website is working properly

Review posted Fri 1 Mar '13
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It's often the simple things that get overlooked when creating a website. You have put your heart and soul into designing your site and have made  sure that it is interesting enough to entertain and inform your viewers. But, none of that is going to be worth much if your site has downtime. With many sites now being completely monetized it is an unfortunate fact that if you aren't online, for one reason or another, you are actually losing money. So it's essential that the final piece of your website creation puzzle is to use a monitor that tells you if there is a problem. We have reviewed many excellent website monitoring apps  like Status Cake, Dominder and Appfall over the last few months and Port Monitor looks likely to join them. This free 'software as a service' application can monitor all your sites and let you know as soon as your site goes offline.
Port Monitor is an online tool for web developers and system administrators that is designed to monitor your websites, services and hosts. This simple and free set of online tools was developed on the Ruby on Rails framework and  requires no installation or software download. It was developed specifically as a user-friendly yet fully effective way to ensure that your site is live at all times. It delivers you both email and SMS notifications when any downtime is detected along with detailed error-logging including response time and uptime reports. You can also monitor your server status which includes  all its associated services. The developers are also planning on releasing a public API (application-production interface) to increase public awareness and are close to readying an iOS version.
Port Monitor is a great tool for web developers, system administrators or just about anyone else who wants to monitor something on the Internet. It is a simple, fast and reliable way of checking  if any website is up and running. it integrates into your system seamlessly and you can be up and running in a jiffy. The app is easy to use, looks good and is simple to navigate as well as being reasonably intuitive. It also looks good in tablet form and resizes itself nicely so there aren't bits hanging off the edge of the screen. This new website monitor, developed by the small guys, is right up there with the big men.

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