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  Post #1 (permalink)   05-28-2011, 04:28 AM
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Hey,

This has been a little side project to keep me busy and so far it's doing quite well. Pingness in short is a website monitor; you enter your domain/IP and your email, if if your website goes down we'll send you an email. As soon as it comes back online we'll send you another. The layout (if that's what you call it) is simple as I think that best describes the service- easy to use and simple. As for who'd use it, it obviously isn't the best website for monitoring your web host, however if you have a few shared hosting accounts, or a VPS which needs to be tracked then I'm sure Pingness will be more than sufficient (:
Additionally in every email in the footer is a 'stop tracking me' link which if clicked will remove that website specific to the email from the database. Like I said, Pingness was designed with simplicity in mind

Here's a 'lazy link' :p http://Pingness.com

What are your thoughts? Would you join? Is there something you don't like?

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I like the simplicity, but if someone enters the email and the domain name - how do they cancel the subscription if they wanted to? Do you provide any of the account management tools?
 
 
 


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  Post #3 (permalink)   05-29-2011, 12:27 PM
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I like the simplicity, but if someone enters the email and the domain name - how do they cancel the subscription if they wanted to? Do you provide any of the account management tools?
In the footer of every email we send is a 'Stop tracking me' link, just click that and your automatically removed from the database, though if you are tracking five different domains you'll have to do that for all five.

As for accounts that will be in the next version. For now I think Pingness's strengths lye in it's simplicity, which by the flood of users seems about right

Thanks for your interest!
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From my understanding, services like these can get resource intensive, watching/pinging 1000 domains every single minute.

It would be a good idea to explain to prospective users on reliability factor: how will you stay in business/make money for them to have the security of knowing the service is operational and is monitoring their sites/domains.
 
 
 


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  Post #5 (permalink)   05-29-2011, 01:06 PM
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From my understanding, services like these can get resource intensive, watching/pinging 1000 domains every single minute.

It would be a good idea to explain to prospective users on reliability factor: how will you stay in business/make money for them to have the security of knowing the service is operational and is monitoring their sites/domains.
So far it's not come to that point, and even then there would be ways of spreading the load per server. e.g: start increasing pinging times. So for instance give each site a value from 1 thru 5, and thus what would have previously been 1,000 servers is now 200 per minute- a task which I'm sure you'd agree would be a lot less resource intensive.

Thanks for your interest also, it's nice to see that there are some people who find other's projects (remotely) interesting
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  Post #6 (permalink)   05-31-2011, 07:09 PM
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Just registered, hope i get alerted next time my vps is down
 
 
 


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  Post #7 (permalink)   06-01-2011, 04:06 AM
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Just registered, hope i get alerted next time my vps is down
Hey

yes, there was a bug in the script which only sent some emails. We keep our twitter (http://twitter.com/Pingness) up to date with all the latest news. Once this bug was picked up, we managed to fix it, and since then we've sent out ~100 downtime reports.

Also did you add donotreply[at sign]pingness.com to your white-list? Would you be able to PM me your domain/ip (the one you registered with) and I'll keep an eye out.

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yes, there was a bug in the script which only sent some emails. We keep our twitter (http://twitter.com/Pingness) up to date with all the latest news. Once this bug was picked up, we managed to fix it, and since then we've sent out ~100 downtime reports.

Also did you add donotreply[at sign]pingness.com to your white-list? Would you be able to PM me your domain/ip (the one you registered with) and I'll keep an eye out.

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  Post #9 (permalink)   06-01-2011, 11:41 PM
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How do you plan to make money from this service?
Currently every scan we do uses ~3mb ram, so obviously it makes sense to use LEB's for the moment, however as things start to scale up, yes we will be required to think about better servers and monetizing the project. Since the costs involved with running this site are minimal I can happily keep this running for years to come at this rate, however since we're expanding every day, things will need to change. Lots has been planned and there are still so many features to be implemented, such as re-coding the tracker in a less resource-intensive language, user area to allow adding multiple domains as opposed to having to sign up every time. I'm sure we'd be able to have some text-link sponsors at some point in the control panel, somewhere not too intrusive yet still visible (Worry not, I too hate casino/you're the 10,000th user/etc... flash ads )

The resources required to run Pingness are currently quite low, I'm honestly not worried about the cost of running this service for at least four to five months to come- even then, our current VPS provider is very inexpensive and reliable (BuyVM)
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hope i get alerted next time my vps is down
Then you don't need a monitoring solution, you need a more powerful VPS with a better provider :p
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Then you don't need a monitoring solution, you need a more powerful VPS with a better provider :p
From the PM I got, his domain was not in the database which suggests it didn't pass the anti-spam checks (e.g: mal-formed email/domain or site already down)

We're trying to resolve the issue and look forwards to their reply (:
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Currently every scan we do uses ~3mb ram, so obviously it makes sense to use LEB's for the moment, however as things start to scale up, yes we will be required to think about better servers and monetizing the project. Since the costs involved with running this site are minimal I can happily keep this running for years to come at this rate, however since we're expanding every day, things will need to change. Lots has been planned and there are still so many features to be implemented, such as re-coding the tracker in a less resource-intensive language, user area to allow adding multiple domains as opposed to having to sign up every time. I'm sure we'd be able to have some text-link sponsors at some point in the control panel, somewhere not too intrusive yet still visible (Worry not, I too hate casino/you're the 10,000th user/etc... flash ads )

The resources required to run Pingness are currently quite low, I'm honestly not worried about the cost of running this service for at least four to five months to come- even then, our current VPS provider is very inexpensive and reliable (BuyVM)
Gotcha. A neat idea regardless of how you plan to monetize it. I was actually thinking you were planning to put a small text ad with a link below the u\d alerts emails. You could even do a "reply with 'MORE!' to find out more about Bob's Pizza Market!"
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Gotcha. A neat idea regardless of how you plan to monetize it. I was actually thinking you were planning to put a small text ad with a link below the u\d alerts emails. You could even do a "reply with 'MORE!' to find out more about Bob's Pizza Market!"
That was also an idea we had in mind which may be coming into practice soon, however I'm worried people might think that the messages are spam, despite there being a 'stop tracking me' link in every email.

How about a 'If you think you know the answer' type thing *I joke, honestly being asked what the shape of a football is does make me question my sanity*
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Might be a good idea to offer public uptime statistics
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