Have you ever wondered if your website is up and running as it should be, and everyone from around the world can access it perfectly? It’s a waste of time and effort if you put a lot of content on your site but it remains inaccessible to your visitors. Even though you can employ web services like DownForEveryOneOrJustMe (yeah, that’s a long name, I know) and other such tools for the purpose, they’re only good for manually checking the status of a website. In case you want to constantly monitor a website and get instantly notified upon any outage, Monitey might be just what you’re looking for. This free Windows application monitors any URL in the background, keeping a detailed log of its status and in addition, it notifies you whenever the URL goes offline. The application can be quite useful for all website owners who want to continuously monitor the online status of their web server. Let’s see how it works!
Note: Monitey’s installer comes with a pile of bloatware including browser toolbars and search engine replacements. Make sure you don’t install any third-party tools, apps and other such utilities by selecting Custom Installation and unmarking all these items during setup.
The application comprises of a pretty straight-forward interface and doesn’t bother you with any complicated settings. When launched, all you have to do is enter the URL of the website you want to monitor, and click ‘Start Monitoring’. By default, the application monitors the website automatically after every minute, but you can specify a custom frequency as well. For example, if you replace 1 with 10, Monitey will check the status every ten minutes. The Logs section at the bottom provides you with a summary of the website status for previous attempts. It displays the last checked time and date, along with availability status of the site. If the website goes offline (or you provide a wrong URL), you get a notification stating “The remote name could not be resolved”.
You can also save URLs for monitoring by clicking ‘Saved Websites’ and manually entering the site address. This allows monitoring multiple sites at the same time, and saves you the hassle of reentering a website’s address into the app in the future. Lastly, Monitey allows to save the log files in TXT format for any further analysis. To do this, simply click the ‘Save Log’ button and select the destination directory for saving the file.
To sum it up, Monitey is a brilliant, light-weight tool that does what it’s supposed to in the most simple and straight-forward manner. The application works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Testing was carried out on Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit edition.