|Monitoring a website using reference - receive alert when website is down|
|Date Updated - 07/22/2007|
This example is used by us (Hitek Software) to monitor HitekSoftware.com. HitekSoftware.com website is hosted by Interland.com. Normally, our website is up >99.9% of the time. However, we need to be informed by email to our cell phones when our website is down. We use AT&T and can receive emails to our cell phones. Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Most cell phone companies now allow users to receive email to their cell phones. Please see your cell phone manual if this feature is available for your cell phone.
Sometimes the internet connection to our
company is down. i.e. our Internet Service Provider is down. This
leads to false alerts being generated by the ping task which monitors
our website. Hence, we use a reference website. Our ping
task is only run if the reference website is up.
1) Create a Ping task (http port = 80) which checks if the reference website is up
Host = cnn.com, Port = 80
2) Create a Ping task (http port = 80) which checks if our website is up
Host = hiteksoftware.com, Port = 80
3) Create an Email task which sends email to your cell phone email address. Make sure that you enter a small message. Example: 'hiteksoftware.com is down'. Most cell phones cannot accept email messages greater than ~ 150 characters.
4) Create a chain task.
4) We schedule this chain to run every 10 minutes.