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Website Down Monitor Notification

Published 04/18/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by Dorothy Distefano
What can you use the app for?

This is an application with one singular purpose: to monitor whether a user's website is functioning and online. It notifies the user if the site goes offline. This is a very simple application with only one function - to monitor the status of a website to ensure that the owner knows if and when their website is down.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

No information is provided other than the copyright with the name Sheepmasters and a search did not turn up any data. A request was sent to the company for more information. Using an information request, the owner provided some details. The app launched in February 2012 and currently has about 500 users. It was created by Marijin Otte, a web developer. He was looking for a good, and very easy, downtime service and couldn't find one that satisfied him. With that in mind, he created Downnotifier to meet that need. His goal was simplicity and that is achieved with this app.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many apps are available for users to see if a site is offline or "down" or if the issue is within their computer or network. The superiority of the competitors, such as, is that there is more information on the site to explain what is being provided. They also monitor network performance and other IT issues.

According to the founder, Downnotifier is set apart by its simplicity. By only requiring URL and email, without registration, the app is streamlined. A user can manage URLs with a link provided in any down notifications. The free version, checking every 5 minutes, is a higher frequency than many other services.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

It could not possibly be simpler. Once you register, there is nothing else to do on the site. There is no blog, no tweets in the twitter feed, no about us, or explanation of services. The site basically allows you to sign up to have your site monitored for downtime and will generate an email if and when it is.

The problem with this is that there is no information regarding the company, the impetus for creation of the app, or any information at all aside from how to use the application. Users appreciate some background information prior to entrusting the monitoring of their website to a company.

How does the registration process work?

Users enter the website address that they would like monitored and an email address for notification purposes. A confirmation email is sent to activate the monitoring process. The process is the same for free and premium plans

What does it cost to use the application?

Free monitoring checks a user's website every five minutes. Premium monitoring costs $10 per year and checks every one minute. For most users, the free plan will be adequate to satisfy their needs.

Who would you recommend the application to?

There are several applications that will provide down time notifications as well as other services for free. These competitors also provide more complete information about their companies, services, and how they work. At this time, users may find that has more usable features and is free. As Downnotifier grows, perhaps it will see that simplicity is important, but so is information.

  • Easy to use.
  • Email notifications.
  • Options to be notified when site is down or does not contain certain text.
  • Monitors every 5 minutes with free plan.
  • Monitors every 1 minute with paid plan.

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DownNotifier pricing

Cheapest plan (per month) : FREE
Most expensive plan (per month) : $10.00

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