15 website monitoring services compared

We have compared 15 most popular monitoring service providers – from a point of view of a webmaster looking for a simple availability service for one website.

Our observations:

  • Most of the providers don’t offer 1 minute monitoring. The ones that do, usually charge a lot for it.
  • Almost every profider enables customers to try the service with 14- or 30-day free trial period.
  • All the providers send email alerts, most of them SMS alerts, only a few generate RSS feed with notifications.
  • The number of monitoring servers vary from 1 up to 37. Although 3-4 are perfectly enough.

Here is a detailed table with all the information we have gathered from provider’s websites. We hope it will help you make the proper choice.

Service Providerannual cost (USD)trial period (days)notificationsmonitoring stations
cheapest plan1 minute monitoringemailSMSRSS feed
1stwarning.com59,4030yesvia email*no2
alertfox.com588,0030yesnono3
alertmefirst.com162,0030yesnono1
atwatch.com155,8814yesvia email*no6
dotcom-monitor.com959,884199,8830yesyes(0)no12
netwhistle.com75,9614yesvia email*no6
periscopeit.co.uk163,20897,6030yesyes(48-720)no5
pingdom.com119,40125,4030yesyes(20-200)no6
serviceuptime.com59,40630,00yesyes(0)no10
siterecon.com119,4014yesvia email*yes?
siteuptime.com60,00yesyes(0)no4
uptrends.com271,4430yesyes(240)yes22
watchmouse.com150,005940,0030yesyes(240-500)no42
website-monitoring.com59,0059,0014yesyes(200)yes3
websitepulse.com60,00228,0030yesvia email*no37

*via email – email notifications sent to chosen USA cell network operators’ gateways. No actual SMS notifications.

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