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Pingdom discontinues free plan
18 points by siquick on Jan 7, 2019 | hide | past | favorite | 4 comments
Just got this email

"To ensure the best possible product experience for SolarWinds® Pingdom® users, and to focus our resources and investment on this next phase of our product development, we will no longer offer our free plans as of February 6, 2019.

To continue enjoying the benefits of Pingdom, all free users will need to sign up for a paid subscription plan option by this date."

I've been using Pingdom's free plan to monitor one site for many, many years. I'm guessing that SolarWinds has had this in the plan for a while, as the free tier likely has very few conversions since going from free to paid is a bit of a jump to ~$10/month ($120/year).

For someone who just wants to know if a site is up or down, and has a dozen cheap or free services to choose from (I also sometimes use UptimeRobot), it's not a market Pingdom really caters to anymore.

Anyways, this is also the reason I built Server Check.in[1] a few years back[2]; mostly for my use, and it's been a fun ride! Building a distributed, microservice-ish thing over the course of 7 years has been interesting. Would love to answer questions about it if you have any.

[1] https://servercheck.in/ [2] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4901350

What is the tech stack for Check.in?

I use WebSitePulse (https://www.websitepulse.com/). After the free trial, they offer a free plan. Unfortunately, they ping your target just once a day. The good thing about them is they don't offer prepaid plans - just pay for what you use at the end of the month.

Check out Freshping by Freshworks - offers 50 checks at 1 min interval & public status pages for free.

Disclaimer: I'm a maker of Freshping (https://www.freshworks.com/website-monitoring/)

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