Pingdom

Pingdom logo

Pingdom logo

I found out about a website called Pingdom from a blog post about WordPress optimization.  It was a pretty good post actually, because it also pointed me to the WP-DBManager plugin which lets you optimize and backup MySQL (and is very cool). 

Anyway, in the context of the post what got me interested in Pingdom was the website report that shows the load time of all the components of the page.  You can see the report for the main page of my blog here.

It has a quick website information display summary:

Pingdom website information

Pingdom website information

And a graph of load time that shows how each component (picture, css etc.) contributed to the total load time of the page:

Pingdom website graph

Pingdom website graph

Although this is very cool, the website test tool doesn’t seem to be the main point of Pingdom – it’s website monitoring.  I’m currently having some issues with my Easily web hosting, so I’ve signed up for the 30 day trial of Pingdom.  I don’t know whether I’ll end up signing up for it – it’s useful but in the current economic client I’m trying to save money.

Basically Pingdom has servers all over the world, and you can set it up so that they ping your website.  You get graphs of response time and uptime, and it notifies you if your site goes down.

Pingdom response time report

Pingdom response time report

You can see how frequently my hosting has been going down recently in the uptime report:

Pingdom uptime report

Pingdom uptime report

I’ve made the report public so you can see it here.

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