Today I got a surprise email. Uptime Robot, which has always prided itself on continuing a free level of service to monitor sites, all of a sudden will start charging if more than one person (anybody but the account owner) needs to be notified that a site is down.
I’m curious what the alternatives are that people here recommend, now that I’ll apparently have to start paying anyway.
One other thought: have all the notifications come to my address and depending on the subject forward them to multiple people. Is that easy to do with a Gmail account? What about with my iCloud.com address. Does that allow for easy forwarding to multiple people?
I had an issue with Uptime Robot about a year ago where they could not see my location, although it was online. I moved our service to Better Uptime. I have a free account with them and it has been working well.
It looks quite interesting. But is also pretty expensive. I wonder if the best method might be to somehow stick with Uptime Robot and funnel everything into my single Gmail account and in there use filters to forward different monitor results to different people. Hmm… Still thinking.
While it looks interesting, it looks way too complicated to set up the notifications. At least for me.
It might be easiest to find some free plan somewhere even if it only allows one notification email address and then try to forward from that address to multiple recipients, depending on the monitor subject. That should be possible, don’t you think?
I’d never seen pikapods before. What a clever site!
What stopped me when I looked at Uptime Kuma’s demo was that setting up the notifier seemed really grody. Like you had to connect it with a mail server elsewhere to send the notifications? You don’t need to do that with Uptime Robot. They use their mail system.
You are correct. Email notifications do require setting up an SMTP server but that shouldn’t deter you from taking a look. Uptime Kuma offers a crazy number of notification methods, Slack, Telegram, NTFY and many others. Not sure which email service you are using but you can probably easily setup the SMTP settings to handle the notifications. Worst case, there are also numerous SMTP services available, specifically for these type of uses. I’m happy to help if you need further suggestions.