Are My Sites Up? is an online application focused on helping website owners and those responsible for maintaining sites stay aware of the sites availability. When a website goes down, it causes serious problems. Those problems can severely hurt a business, especially during high traffic times. Things can be even worse when the website belongs to a client who is paying for a service. Are My Sites Up? is intended to help the people who need to know when a site is down stay informed.Show more screenshots »
The Are My Sites Up? website was created by Chris Coyier and Richard Felix, Jr. The application was designed specifically for website monitoring. From the beginning, Are My Sites Up? intended to help site owners know when downtime occurs, usually within a few minutes. Fast reaction time is important and Are My Sites Up? recognized the need for a diligent monitoring tool. The concept was created to allow users to monitor multiple websites with additional features that help make the process even easier and more convenient.
Are My Sites Up? is an improved version of the standard ping service. There are a number of sites designed to allow users to manually ping a website. However this is just as time consuming as actually visiting the site. Busy people have little spare time to check up on websites every hour or less. Even then, downtime could be significantly longer than a few minutes, depending on how often the site is checked. Are My Sites Up? streamlines the process by giving users an easy way to know if a site they are monitoring has gone down, almost as soon as it happens.
The Are My Sites Up? website leaves a lot to be desired. While the dark background and logo are attractive, a list of ads running along one side of the main page provide an unwanted distraction. The rest of the site is relatively well organized, with the main locations included in tabs along the top. New users can navigate easily without too much backtracking.
New users can click the green “sign up” button fond at the center of the homepage to begin account creation. The user must choose from four membership options and provide an email address and password. After submitting the information, the user is prompted to check their email and click the verification link which should arrive within five minutes. After doing so, the user can then login and access Are My Sites Up? features.
Are My Sites Up? offers four membership types to its users. The free account allows users to add up to five websites that will be pinged within 60 minutes or less. The free account also comes with error codes (when available), and SMS alerts as well as the Lite v2.5 iPhone app. The Standard membership runs about $35 a year and upgrades to 25 websites pinged 30 minutes or faster with RSS feeds and no advertisements on the site. The Plus plan costs about $65 a year and upgrades to 50 websites pinged within fifteen minutes or less as well as Twitter integration. The most expensive account is the Pro, which costs just under $100 a year and upgrades to 100 websites and a keyword search feature.
Are My Sites Up? is ideal for anyone who has to monitor one or more websites. This tool is especially handy for anyone who manages the websites of others (especially clients) who may take issue with significant downtime. An unavailable website is a serious problem for the business or organization is for, and Are My Sites Up? can help limit the potential for prolonged downtime.