WEB Monitoring site...

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  1. opie

    opie hi. OT Supporter

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    I'm thinking about designing a website to monitor your website. I know there's a few others around, but I deal mostly with free services because free is always better.

    Do you think there's a market out there for it?
     
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    Monitor as in?

    If its like notifying people when sites are down I already run something similar for our websites it uses SMS notification.
     
  3. opie

    opie hi. OT Supporter

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    Yeah, monitor sites and notify when down and the reason they are down.
     
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    how do you propose to make money out of such a service?
     
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    opie hi. OT Supporter

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    about the only way to make money w/ this, imo, is to have big hosting companies resell it as an add on (costs them nothing). We have hyperspin which we added on to our dedicated server plan for like $3-$4 a month.

    hyperspin does this too, you set up all the different things to check, I have port 80, 3306, and ping tests setup. Then another kind of cool test they have is asp, you set up an asp page with <%=test%>, then tell hyperspin the url. They know you're still processing asp code if it can read the word test.
     
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    You would need quotes around that string literal my friend
    Code:
    <%="test"%>
     
  8. opie

    opie hi. OT Supporter

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    Hyperspin is SO expensive, which is why I want to give a free service out there.

    I ran a free DNS service up until a few months ago for free and it became huge (30k domains).

    Free is good.
     
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    would this solution work from on the web server itself, or work remotely with "pings", "polls", and "pushes"?
     
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    <%test="test"%>
    <%=test%>
    says who? :)
     
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    opie hi. OT Supporter

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    Remotely, between ICMP pings and http get requests (for port 80), regular port probes for other ports.
     
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    for the consumer....which aint you :)
     
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    I think itll be fairly well used if it costs money people could care less about it if its free they wont be able to live without it.

    If you want a hand on any coding gimme a yell Id be more then happy to help.
     
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    We looked into this for where I work. If our site is down there is no notification other than customers informing us.

    The problem with providing such a service is that it would need to come from a wide variety of sources. If you do not receive a ping response, it does not necesarily represent an outage on the customers end. An optimum solution would have clients all over a wide geographical spread and those responses/probes are tallied.

    We currently akaimize our site, but are still interested in such a service if it can come from a wide number of sources.
     
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    So you're not doing this for profit, or you have other plans to generate revenue?

    If your just doing it for fun then /post :)

    The thing is, With this service, the only people who would care are the ones who would pay for it. I could give a shit if my dreamhost account went down (imagine that :rolleyes:) where I host all my pron for otah. If our server at work went down for a few hours though, being an ecommerce company, that could easily be thousands of dollars in lost revenue. So we don't mind one bit paying for hyperspin, it's actually a really good investment.
     
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    touché old friend!
     
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    nagios for my teh phone?


    :coold:
     
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    RaginBajin Have you punched a donkey today?

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    Exactly. Though, in order for the project to be effective, you would really need to customize your screens and what not. The interface would have to be very intuitive, as well quite easy to setup. Doing all that work for free with no return other than ads I don't think will work. I think the return on investment will take much longer than anticipated.
     
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    Nagios has WAP?
     
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    opie hi. OT Supporter

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    Most people (that I know) won't use nagios -- for several reasons.

    - It's a bitch to setup.
    - You'll have to have a box remotely (not on your local network) to run it, so there's extra money involved. If you put it on the same network and your network goes down, how are you going to get notified it's down?

    It'll happen, I'll post back when it's done.
     

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