One of the functionalities I knew I needed to have was a way to monitor my website to confirm it was up. I did some research and tool I went with was Pingdom.
Pingdom is just about website monitoring. It offers a free account that will allow you to monitor one website. I setup that account to start. You created a “check” based on a URL. It also allows 1 minute checks which many of the other website monitoring services didn’t have. You can send alerts via SMS or email. I prefer email.
The other feature I like was the reports. You can setup daily, weekly and monthly reports to be sent by email.
I decided to move to the first paid plan which allowed for 5 checks and cost $9.95 per month. I figured it would be good to monitor the home page of the blog and forums. I might need a few more in the future and they have an “extra services” option where you can just add one more check for $.50 a month.