You can’t stay looking at your machine’s monitor to keep an eye on websites uptime. So, there are some cool sites which actually help you keep track of your sites uptime or downtime. Helping you cross check the reasons behind your site’s service downtime. As unavailability of site can hit your visitor count.
Although there are many websites which give uptime and downtime services they charge for SMS reminders. So here is a cool (Hack)setup provided by amit agarwal of Digital inspiration(Labnol) fame, to monitor website’s uptime using Google Docs.
First head to download this copy of the Google Docs Spreadsheet. Then change the website URL to your website and the email address to your email. That’s the email you’ll be notified for uptime and downtime. Also change SMS notifications to yes.
- Put your website URLs in cell B2 (comma separated) and your email address in cell B3. If you wish to be alerted by text messages, just replace No with Yes in cell B4.
- You’ll find a new Website Monitor menu in your Google Docs toolbar. Click Initialize and you’ll get a pop-up asking for authorization. Grant the necessary access.
- Go to the Website Monitor menu again and choose “Start” to begin the monitoring process. Close the Google Sheet.
You can change timer to 1 or 5 or 10 or 15.Save the trigger and authorize Google Docs, then re-save.
Now again go to Website Monitor menu in your Google Docs toolbar. Click Initialize and you’ll get a pop-up asking for authorization. Grant the necessary access.
Go to the Website Monitor menu again and choose “Start” to begin the monitoring process. Close the Google Sheet.
Here is a snapshot how it looks. I had created a dummy url to check the uptime.
For more hacks and tutorials please visit : Amit Agarwal’s Digital Inspiration
If you are receiving the SMS notifications then please ensure that your phone number is associated with Google Calendar. Here are the steps to associate your phone with Google Calendar