For quite a while now, I have needed a simple website monitoring tool that would check the uptime of my websites. There are a lot of different ones on the Internet, some are free and some are very expensive. All the ones I found share the same complexity and that doesn’t work for me. So after browsing the web for a while to find a suitable tool I gave up empty handed. I had to write the tool my self.
This is what I wanted
- Automatic start-up
- Multi website support
- Check both HTTP status and title tag
- Balloon tip notifications
- Systray application
- Install and forget
- Low impact and high performance
This is what I didn’t need
- E-mail notifications
- History feature
- Server installation
The end result is this very simple but very powerful application that does nothing more than it is supposed to do.
It checks websites quietly in the background and pops a balloon tip if a site doesn’t return HTTP status “200 - OK”.
The reason why I chose not to include a history and email/SMS notification feature is because those features are not useful if you sit in front of your computer all day. Then a simple balloon notification would be much less obstrusive. If I’m not in front of my computer I can’t fix any issues on the websites anyway and I don’t want messages on my phone in the weekend.