Best Website Monitoring Software 2018

Uptrends: Simple, Yet Effective Website Monitoring Tool

Founded in 2007, Uptrends is a website monitoring solution with more than 20,000 users, including companies like IBM, NASA, and Virgin Australia. The company focuses on making it as easy as possible to get started with monitoring, from the hassle-free trial signup process, to the built-in dashboards and default SLA definitions that you can customize to suit your needs.

Highlights

  • 162 testing locations, or "checkpoints," in major cities around the world.
  • Monitoring data is stored for up to 2 years (varies from plan to plan), so you can analyze historical performance.
  • Easy to get started with a risk-free 30-day trial -- no need for a credit card.

Price

  • Monthly plans range from $13.75-$192.49/month, depending on how many monitors and SMS alerts you need.
  • Additional fee for RUM based on number of page views. $6/month for 100,000 monthly page views, and $36/month for up to 1 million monthly views.
  • Free 30 day trial (no credit card required).
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Ideal for those looking for an easy & affordable way to get up and running with website monitoring.

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Pingdom: Easy to Use Website & Performance Monitoring Tool

Since 2007, Pingdom has made a name for itself as one of the industry leaders in web performance monitoring software. Today, more than 700,000 customers (including Twitter, Spotify, and Facebook) use Pingdom to test the availability and performance of their websites and services. Although Pingdom is likely overkill for those just looking for a basic uptime monitor, the product delivers high-quality, customizable synthetic monitoring and real user monitoring capabilities that can be a worthwhile investment for companies that need to ensure the ongoing availability and performance of their websites.

Highlights

  • Powerful uptime monitoring, RUM, and synthetic monitoring capabilities help identify any issues that your website may be facing.
  • Alerts are highly customizable and can be sent through email/SMS, and through other systems like PagerDuty and Slack.
  • System is designed to be easy to use, and doesn't require much technical background to set up.

Price

  • $14.95/month to $249/month, depending on your volume and needs. Enterprise pricing starts at $495/month.
  • $9/month per server, for server monitoring (new as of May 2017).
  • 14-day free trial.
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Ideal for those looking for an easy & affordable way to get up and running with website monitoring.

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New Relic Review: Most Popular Web Application Performance Monitoring Solution

New Relic is a Software as a Service (SaaS) tool that offers a full suite of products to help companies across ~100 countries monitor everything from their applications to their servers. The company's flagship product is application performance monitoring (APM), which delivers insightful performance metrics from your applications, and helps you spot trends in response time and error rates. However, the company also introduced a new infrastructure monitoring product to round out its suite of monitoring tools.

Highlights

  • Most well-known APM solution on the market.
  • Many different products with different monitoring capabilities, ranging from synthetic monitoring to application performance monitoring. However, each comes priced separately so it can quickly get expensive to use all of the products.
  • Many helpful tutorials to walk you through the setup process.

Price

  • APM pricing: $9.37 to $200 per host per month (billed annually). Pricing varies depending on the number of hours each host/instance is running, the size of the host/instance, and the total number of hosts/instances.
  • Synthetics pricing: $69/month.
  • 14-day free trial.
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New Relic is one of the largest players in the APM (Application Performance Monitoring) industry.

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Catchpoint: Integrated Synthetic Monitoring & Real User Monitoring Solution

Founded by former Google/DoubleClick employees, the company is well known for its extensive network of testing capablities, which have expanded over the years to include an on-premise agent that adds another of monitoring digital services locally. with more than 500 global testing locations (more than just about any other company in the space), Catchpoint offers a high level of confidence to customers that they can ensure that their digital products remain available to users all around the world.

Highlights

  • More than 500 testing nodes around the world, making it a good choice for businesses operating globally.
  • Analyze historical trends to identify where you have improved/degraded over time.
  • Excellent, customizable visualizations of your performance metrics (line graphs, scatter plots, bar charts, heat maps, and more).

Price

  • 14-day free trial.
  • For a price quote, contact Catchpoint.
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Catchpoint's integrated RUM and synthetic monitoring solutions provide a comprehensive view of your end-user experience.

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Datadog: Popular Infrastructure Monitoring Service

Datadog is a Software as a Service (SaaS) infrastructure & application monitoring tool that helps companies detect and resolve issues swiftly -- ideally before they impact end users. The product integrates with over 200 popular tools and services, which makes it easy to monitor every component of your tech stack. Datadog is best-known as a popular infrastructure monitoring tool, but the company has recently launched an integrated application performance monitoring product.

Highlights

  • Easy to set up, requiring minimal technical background.
  • More than 200 open-source integrations with popular cloud services, databases, web servers, and other tools help provide visibility across your entire tech stack.
  • Attractive dashboards, which are highly customizable.

Price

  • Free for up to 5 hosts (with 1-day data retention).
  • $15-$23/host per month (billed annually).
  • 14-day free trial.
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Ideal for those who want an infrastructure monitoring service that is quick and easy to implement.

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SolarWinds Orion: Customizable Integrated IT Monitoring Platform

The SolarWinds Orion Platform features six tools, including the Network Performance Manager, Netflow Traffic Analyzer, Network Configuration Manager, Virtualization Manager, Server and Application Monitor, and the Storage Resource Monitor. Together, these products form a fully integrated IT management system that provides complete oversight of network, application, and storage resources.

Highlights

  • Dashboards are fully customizable, which enables users to focus only on metrics that they care about.
  • Orion Platform tools, as well as other SolarWinds products, are completely modular. Multiple tools can be purchased and integrated seamlessly into the UI, which eliminates the need to use separate pieces of software to monitor your network and system infrastructure.
  • Designed to scale well as your IT infrastructure grows.

Price

  • Network Performance Monitoring (SL100): $2,895 for up to 100 elements
  • Server and Application Monitor (AL150): $2,995 for up to 100 monitors
  • Storage Resource Monitor (SRM25): $2,935 for up to 25 storage disks
  • Offers free trials for various products
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Ideal for those looking for a modular, yet integrated IT monitoring platform.

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