Even if you’re already taking all the necessary precautions to maintain and protect your WordPress site, sometimes your site can still go down for reasons that you can’t control. You need to be prepared for when this happens in order to quickly put things back in order because the longer you wait, the more money you’re leaving on the table. Fortunately, there are a few nice website monitoring services and tools out there that will monitor WordPress uptime and downtime for you, so you don’t have to check it manually.
Also read: How to prevent your website from crashing
The 5 best WordPress tools to monitor your website’s uptime
There are all kinds of reasons outside of your control that can cause your site to go down. When that happens, one of these tools can quickly notify you so that you can step in and get things working again.
1. Orbit Fox
Orbit Fox is our own good-to-have-around-the-house plugin, which adds extra functionality to your website in minutes. The tool comes with free modules that you can activate independently based on your needs. The uptime monitoring is one toggle away after you install the plugin. So, after you check Activate for Uptime Monitoring, a pop-up will ask you for your email address.
From then on, Orbit Fox will send you an email if your site ever goes down.
Apart from uptime monitoring, Orbit Fox provides multipurpose add-ons, such as social media icons, page builder widgets, templates, free stock photos etc. In short, this tool is offering a fast, free, and basic solution to monitor WordPress uptime.
Another nice thing about Orbit Fox is that you don’t need an account to have it running; just activate the plugin and the module.
- Uptime monitoring and email alerts.
- Google Analytics integration.
- 10+ landing page templates.
- Elementor and Beaver Builder add-ons and widgets.
- Menu icons module.
- Social media sharing icons.
- Free stock photos integration from MyStock Photos.
- Content blocks/forms.
- No account required.
Orbit Fox is entirely free, with no premium features included.
2. ManageWP Worker
ManageWP Worker is the plugin that synchronizes the ManageWP platform with your site. The plugin provides some basic features for free, but the uptime monitoring feature is only available in the premium plan.
How does it work?
While you install it on your WordPress site, most of the action takes place in a separate dashboard provided by ManageWP, which monitors all of your sites in one place. So once you install the plugin, you need to go to your ManageWP account and add your site’s URL there.
Next, once things are all set, go to Uptime Monitoring and activate the add-on (it costs $1 per month for each site). You can then get notifications via:
- Modern dashboard with widgets for statistics.
- Cloud backup.
- Security updates and checks in bulk actions.
- Automatic safe backups and updates.
- Performance and security checks.
- Google Analytics integration.
- Uptime monitoring (premium add-on).
- SEO ranking optimization (premium add-on).
- Cloning and migration (premium add-on).
- White label options (premium add-on).
While the base tool is free, to monitor WordPress uptime you’ll need to pay $1 per month per site.
Jetpack is quite similar to Orbit Fox. It is a multipurpose plugin that does a bit of everything, and helping you monitor WordPress uptime is one of those things.
To use the plugin, you just need to activate it, connect it to your WordPress.com account, and enable your desired modules.
In this case, you specifically want the Downtime Monitoring feature in the Security tab.
Click on the settings at the top of the Downtime Monitoring box in the dashboard, select your preferences, and you’re good to go (aka the plugin will start monitoring your site and will send you an email if it goes down.).
Keep in mind that Jetpack does not offer advanced monitoring, but only basic checks and notifications when your site goes offline. Also, you don’t have any advanced settings for customization.
- Lazy image loading for a faster website.
- Hundreds of professional themes for any kind of site.
- Unlimited and high-speed image and video content delivery network.
- Malware scanning and automated threat resolution.
- Secure logins and daily backups.
- Spam filtering and downtime monitoring.
- Site analytics and stats.
- Automated social media posting.
- SEO tools.
Downtime Monitoring is available on the free Jetpack plan.
4. Uptime Robot
Uptime Robot is a free tool entirely devoted to uptime monitoring. It lets you add 50 monitors (aka websites, pages, or forms) that are checked every five minutes. To start the adventure, you need to create an account here – just like in the other cases.
The cool thing is that it will allow you to monitor WordPress uptime without the need for a plugin.
After you log in, you will be redirected to the Uptime Robot dashboard, where you need to add your own website:
- Click Add New Monitor
- Select your monitor type and details
- Enter your site’s URL
For more features and functionality, you can upgrade to their premium plan, where you can get a larger number of monitors that check more frequently.
- Multiple types of checks: HTTP(S), ping, port, and keywords.
- Alerts via email, SMS, Twitter, push notifications, Slack, HipChat, web-hooks.
- Statistics for uptime, downtime, and response times.
- Downtime verification from multiple locations.
- Advanced notification settings.
- REST API integration.
- Public status pages for team sharing.
- Maintenance windows.
Uptime Robot provides two plans:
- Pro – $5.50/month (or $4.50 if you want to be billed annually)
Last but not least, InternetVista is a paid solution for businesses that need to put their sites under observation. Their motto is “Uptime is money”, which is definitely true for professionals. Even though the tool doesn’t provide free services, you can test it by signing up for their free trial period that lasts 31 days.
Once you sign up, you can add your site and view its stats in a dedicated dashboard.
In the Applications tab, you can set up your preferences regarding the alerts and what pages you would like to monitor. InternetVista lets you manage more than only websites: you can also add forms, landing pages, and other kinds of URLs that you want to get notified about.
And in the Media tab, you can choose how you want to be alerted – by email, SMS, Twitter, Slack etc.
- Nothing to install or to develop; just an online registration.
- No false alarms. All the errors are checked twice before sending the alerts.
- Professional assistance is one telephone call away.
- Monitoring subscription management via multi-user web application, mobile apps, or REST API.
- Monitoring of all your web services: website, user path, API, email servers, online services, and various technical services.
- Performance reports.
- Real-time alerts (integration with WordPress, Slack, Twitter, or SMS).
- Multilingual platform.
InternetVista has four plans (all offering a free trial) as follows:
- Start – 4,18 euro/month
- Business – 17,34 euro/month
- Enterprise – 52,85 euro/month
- Custom – from 1,78 euro/month
These are our recommendations to monitor WordPress uptime and downtime regularly, so you can make sure everything works smoothly on your site. But in case we did miss something important, we would like to hear it from you. You’d make us happy if you would share your own methods for monitoring your website via the comments section below.