As a webmaster, I know that it is crucial to keep an eye on your websites at all times. When they go down, you lose business, reputation and maybe even rankings in search engines if the downtime is too long.
That's all bad and every minute that can be shaved off the downtime is important.
That's were domain monitoring comes in. Since you cannot possibly monitor your domains 24/7 on your own, you need automation to help you deal with that.
Deez.io is a domain monitoring service that I worked on with a team for more than a year. We offer free -- limited -- accounts as well as pro and enterprise accounts.
You can use the service to monitor your domains in a variety of ways. Deez.io monitors your domain's uptime and informs you whenever it is down, either by web notifications, email or SMS.
In addition to that, we are also monitoring the site's responsiveness, IP addresses, nameservers and Whois information (last is Pro only as we pay for every look up).
DNS is used regularly by hackers to gain control of domain names. Since we monitor servers and IP addresses, and inform you about any change here, you are always in the know when it comes to changes so that you can react quickly.
The monitoring does not end here though. We are also monitoring each domain via Google's Virustotal service and Web of Trust, and keep an eye on the Alexa rank of the domain as well.
Alerts can be configured extensively. You may select web, email or SMS notifications for each alert type, e.g. IP or DNS change, individually so that they match your requirements.
Upcoming this month are domain and SSL expiration monitoring options so that you never miss to renew a domain or SSL certificate again.
Another interesting feature is the integrated contacts database. You can link contacts to domains so that you can access their information whenever the need arises.
For instance, when a domain is down, one of the first things you may do is contact the hosting comapny or administrator to let them know about it and get it resolved quickly.
With our database, you have phone numbers, emails and links to web services at the ready immediately. No more browsing a web page to find those information first.
Sometimes, you may want to keep track of information. Say you have made a modification to a domain and want to record it so that you have access to it at a later point in time.
Or you hired someone to market your domain, or help you recover from a penalty or other issue.
The notes feature enables you to add notes and file attachments to domains.
Attachments can be contracts for instance, invoices, or a project plan that you want attached to the domain.
You get access to all those information on the site which can be useful -- again -- if you need to access those information at times.
If you own a domain, you have at the very least one recurring payment per year. Domains need to be renewed yearly, and while you can pay in advance for several years, it is important to keep track of these things.
While that may not be such an issue if you own a single domain, it starts to get complicated if you own or administrate many, especially if they are registered at different registrars.
Add hosting plans and servers to that, as well as other expenses that you may have that are related to domains, and you may very well have troubles keeping an overview of everything.
You can add expenses to domains easily. Expenses can be one-time expenses or recurring expenses so that you are always in the know about what is coming up next.
We are also using the data to project expenses for the coming week, month and year.
Groups and user management (Pro only)
If you manage a lot of domains, you may require an option to sort them into different groups. Deez.io's group feature enables you to keep an easier overview of domains that are linked to each other.
Maybe a new client signed up who wants domains monitored by your company. You can add all client domains to a new group so that it is easier to keep an eye on them all without them being mixed with other domains that you monitor.
It is furthermore possible to add users to groups so that they can assist in the monitoring of groups.
Differences between Free and Pro version
Free users get one domain free when they create an account. They can get an additional ten domains on top of that by referring other users to the service. For each user, you get another free (for life) domain that you can monitor using the service.
Pro users get the following features on top of everything that the free version offers:
Group and user management.
I have big plans for the service and new features will be added to it gradually over time so that it distinguishes itself from other monitoring services more than it does right now.
It would be great if you could help me spread the word about the service, for instance via social media, by reviewing it on your blog, or even recommending it to clients or companies that may be interested in it.
I'm also interested in comments and reviews of the service. Feel free to add them in the comment section below.
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