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Uptime Robot LogoUptime Robot, a free website uptime monitor service, that was built by me & Daniel Rimille of SSLmatic few weeks ago has some fresh features.

But before that, thanks very much to everyone who supports the service by using it, sending us suggestions, tweeting, etc.

Uptime Robot has added 2 new features today:

  • keyword checking
  • uptime alerts via RSS

which will enable you to monitor your websites in a more flexible way.

Uptime Robot

Keyword Checking

Now you can set Uptime Robot to check if your website contains (or doesn't contain) a keyword you define.

It is possible to find many creative uses of this feature like:

  • finding out if there is a database connection problem (set the keyword that your website displays when a db problem occurs)
  • detect if a module of your website word or not by setting a keyword from that module (like the calendar in a webpage)
  • & much more..

RSS Alerts

Well, RSS alerts is nothing creative. The service instantly updates your special feed when there is an alert.

But, it is now possible build desktop notifiers & more using these feed URLs.

P.S. Announcing every new feature from WRD is definitely not the plan. However, it can be a good idea to share milestones considering most WRD readers are already users of Uptime Robot.

You remember Uptime Robot, a free website uptime monitoring service that we launched few weeks ago.

While building it, we're looking for a free & easy way for adding SMS support to the application which would notify users when their websites were down (and back up).

There are great APIs around but they are paid & we experienced that the best way to do this is using the e-mail to SMS gateways of mobile providers.

But we needed a list of providers that had support for e-mail to SMS.

E-mail To SMS Providers List

After digging, we found several lists, realized that every provider has a different format where some requires a prefix & other can require a suffix, digit requirements differ, etc.

At the end we merged lists, removed invalid entries, added new ones with the help of Uptime Robot users & created a flexible MySQL table that included this data.

Now, we're sharing it (as SQL & CSV formats) at the Uptime Robot website so you can easily add SMS support to your web applications & won't lose the time we already did.

P.S. Note that there may still be some invalid entries that we couldn't get a feedback yet. If you think there are, please share them in comments, we'll updating them & always be sharing the latest version of the data.

Uptime is a pretty important factor for the success of a website which directly effects the number of visitors, visitor loyalty, search engine positions & more.

Here is a lovely free service which is created by me & Daniel Rimille of SSLmatic to minimize downtime.

Uptime Robot is a totally free service which monitors your websites every 5 minutes & alerts you if they go down.

It allows you to monitor up to 50 websites & alerts can be received via e-mail or SMS (Twitter & RSS coming soon).

Uptime Robot

You can add multiple alert contacts to notify multiple users in case of a downtime.

It is possible to monitor both http & https addresses which is pretty important to check if the SSL certificate installed functions correctly.

The service has a simple & fully Ajaxed interface for a faster usage.

P.S. Uptime Robot will hopefully get mature within a short time. But during that period, if you're looking for a more professional service, you may want to check paid ones like Pingdom, SiteUptime, AreMySitesUp

Upcoming features

  • RSS & Twitter alerts
  • keyword checking in websites monitored (testing)
  • mobile version
  • monitoring from multiple locations (we may need your help, will be sharing more details later)

Follow at Twitter for updates, support..

We'll be updating you via @uptimerobot Twitter user for new features, improvements, etc. Also, feel free to contact us from there for support, feature requests, etc.

A little story of Uptime Robot:

I'm sharing a little office with Daniel Rimille of SSLmatic which we're building a complicated web application for a while.

The application is something totally different from Uptime Robot but it needed to monitor websites/IPs it worked with & we created a module for this which worked awesome.

It was my idea to convert this module into a website uptime monitoring service.

Uptime Robot LogoDaniel was a little uncommitted as he thought this would take much time & we would be missing our schedule for the application we're building. I thought this was an opportunity to see how it would scale, help us improve ourselves in means of usability, handling support requests, etc.

And I claimed to build it in only 2 days, had a bet (lost a dinner), but completed in 4 days. It took 8 extra days for us both to polish it & here it is.

We loved what we created & will be updating/improving Uptime Robot frequently as there are so many similarities with what we're already building.