Best Website Monitoring Tools

Managing modern websites requires a reliable website monitoring solution. It helps to minimize downtimes and optimize your websites' performance in the long term.

In today's distributed environments, monitoring solutions need to accommodate an ever-increasing mix of setups ranging from websites hosted at office locations or hosting providers, to cloud services operated at AWS, Azure, Digital Ocean or similar cloud services.

A number of website monitoring applications offer help for these tasks. These tools provide insight into the key metrics of your website setups.

Here is an overview on the main website monitoring tools to help you decide on the most suitable fit for your business:

Zabbix

Zabbix is a renowned on-premise monitoring software. Zabbix is used mainly by large enterprises with a significant IT support staff complement to monitor their websites and IT infrastructure. It has the capability to examine all the activities of your websites, yet requires considerable setup and configuration efforts to get it running reliably.

Features

  • Uploading speed of the website
  • Downloading speed of the website
  • Monitor website response time

Pricing

  • Free Version Available:             Yes
  • Free Trial:                                    Yes
  • Plans/Pricing:                             Open source

Type:                     On premise

Comment:             Very comprehensive open source solution. On premise setup requires significant setup efforts.

ManageEngine Ops Manager

Manage Engine is another enterprise-level corporate tool for website monitoring. It ensures the reliability of your website and detects the key source of the problem so that you can enhance your website performance over time.

Features

  • Website content monitoring
  • Website uptime monitoring
  • Monitor activities behind a login page
  • Monitor multiple URLs

Pricing

  • Free Version Available:                     Yes
  • Free Trial:                                           available for 30 days
  • Plans/Pricing Starts From:               $715  

Type:             On premise

Comment:    Very comprehensive yet pricy solution. On premise setup requires significant setup efforts.

CloudRadar

CloudRadar provides website monitoring with an additional comprehensive Server and Website monitoring solution incorporated. It helps you to get your websites monitored within minutes, while allowing you to extend monitoring to all your servers and network devices. In this way you get an overview on your entire infrastructure - from uptime through service, server performance, memory, process and disk monitoring. It notifies you of any critical issues wherever you are via your favourite channels (mail, SMS, Slack, Webhooks, Pushover, WhatsApp or Telegram) and is designed for fast setup with preconfigured Smart Alerts.

CloudRadar Monitoring Software - Unified Dashboard

Features

  • Monitor website availability/uptime
  • Check delivery of defined content of your website
  • Create individual checks to ensure data delivery
  • Monitor status of services
  • Includes Server and Network Monitoring option

Pricing

  • Free Version Available:             Yes, for up to 5 Websites, Servers or Hosts >
  • Free Trial:                                    Yes - free version available without time limits
  • Plans/Pricing:                             $12 per month for up 10 websites or devices + 12$/month for every additional 10 devices

Type:                    Cloud based SaaS

Comment:            Comprehensive, easy-to-use modern monitoring solution with focus on fast setup

Monitis

Monitis is a website monitoring software tool with a broad range of features ranging from website to server monitoring.

Features

  • Monitor website uptime
  • Monitor website response time
  • See the previous performance history of your website

Pricing

  • Free Version Available:                    Yes
  • Free Trial:                                          Available for 15 days
  • Plans/Pricing (monthly):                  $12 per month for 10 websites/servers, $60 for 50 devices

Type:                Cloud based SaaS

Comment:       Comprehensive Monitoring solution in the mid price range

Pingdom

Pingdom is one of the most popular and commonly used website monitoring tools. It helps to enhance the overall performance of your website and identify all the essential issues regarding your website.

Features

  • Uptime monitoring
  • Real user monitoring
  • Monitor website transaction like login, registration etc
  • Page speed monitoring

Pricing

  • Free Version Available:                    Yes
  • Free Trial:                                          Available for 14 days
  • Plans/Pricing (monthly):                  $15 per month for 10 websites, $45 for 50 websites

Type:             Cloud based SaaS

Comment:     Specialized website Monitoring tool for professional websites. No option to integrate server or network monitoring.

Anturis

Anturis is a remarkable website monitoring tool. It is capable of monitoring the availability of your website and helps you to examine all the key features that can influence the performance of your website.

Features

  • Monitor website body and header content
  • Page load monitoring
  • Web transaction monitoring
  • Monitor website uptime

Pricing

  • Free Version Available:                    Yes
  • Free Trial:                                          Available for 30 days
  • Plans/Pricing (monthly):                  $10 per month for 10 websites/servers, $50 for 50 devices

Type:             Cloud based

Comment:    Comprehensive Monitoring solution in the upper price range

Nagios

Nagios is another comprehensive on premise monitoring software. It ensures the maximum availability of your website and provides detailed performance metrics.

Features

  • Content monitoring
  • URL monitoring
  • HTTP status monitoring
  • Hijack detection

Pricing

  • Free Version Available:                            Yes
  • Free Trial:                                                  available for 60 days
  • Plans/Pricing Starts From:                      $1,995  

Type:              On premise

Comment:     Very comprehensive solution. On premise setup requires significant setup efforts.

Logic Monitor

Logic monitor is a popular tool to monitor websites. It detects a lot of key activities of your website and sends quick notifications to ensure utmost performance of your website.

Features

  • Monitor the uptime of your website
  • Check HTTP GET, HEAD, or POST requests from multiple URLs
  • Ping checks

Pricing

  • Free Version Available:                            Yes
  • Free Trial:                                                  Available for 14 days
  • Plans/Pricing Starts From:                      Not available

Type:             Cloud based SaaS

Comment:     Comprehensive Monitoring solution in the upper price range.

So there you have it -an extensive list of Website Monitoring Tools that can be used for any company website, e-commerce business or blog, from startup to established companies.

As the best fit depends on your context and feature preferences, usability and available budget, we recommend that you try some of the free trials or free versions in order to form your own opinion. On the question of SaaS vs On-Premise pls refer to this previous article.

About the Author

NicholasThiede is a co-founder of cloudradar.io. CloudRadar aims at making monitoring accessible for smaller and medium sized companies. The SaaS monitoring solution is designed to provide a solid yet simple and inexpensive solution to monitor websites of any type and complexity. It will keep tab on your websites and any other servers or network devices you might want to monitor so you don’t lose sight of performance degrading issues.

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