Monthly Archives: July 2010

Since the beginning, Uptime Robot was supporting URLs with SSL certificates (https).

However, self-signed certificates (the ones with unknown CAs) were not supported as they were generating errors like "unknown certificate", etc. and Uptime Robot was considering these websites to be down.

Today, URLs with self-signed certificates are now supported just like any other URL (as you already know the certificate is self-signed and no need to throw alerts).

On the other hand, for any type of https URLs, if the certificate is an invalid one (like the common name and URL not matching) or the date is expired, Uptime Robot will keep sending a down alert.

Lately, we have added “custom timezones” to Uptime Robot where users can select their timezone to view any report in their own date and time.

You may be willing to add something similar to your own application as well and it takes some time to find the values for timezones or cities and countries they cover.

As we already have it, want to share the data (something simple but can save time):

Download the timezones database in .SQL format.

We get many questions regarding "if Uptime Robot will ever become paid or not" and thought it'll be the best to share it in detail.

Why Is Uptime Robot Free?

We have launched Uptime Robot in January 2010 hoping to offer a non-complicated uptime service (where every website owner actually needs).

Also, we had created various web applications before but wanted/needed to experience how an application that runs -too- many tasks and has many users:

  • can scale better
  • serve stable
  • offer a good support system
  • and more..

to improve ourselves.

And, yes, we're learning too much from it, thanks to suggestions, comments which also help us a lot.

Will It Stay Free?

Well, that's the main plan. Simply, we want to support it with sponsors.

When the service was launched in January 2010, we had mentioned that it would stay for free at least until June 2010. And, lately, we updated this to December 2010 (in our about page).

Since the launch, we've contacted too many "possible advertisers" and, to be honest, it didn't go very well yet : ). However, we're still in contact with many others which means "it can always happen".

Uptime Robot currently runs on 2 cool servers and a remote account (for multi-location monitoring which we'll increase the number very soon) + it is improved regularly. Yes, it has a cost but we're not complaining. We learn a lot and that's something.

To sum up, we want to keep it free and will see how it goes.

P.S. Many users asked to donate, thanks so and so much. "You-paying" is the last option.

Any suggestions, thoughts? Please share, they mean a lot.

Since the launch of Uptime Robot, we’re analyzing the cost of keeping logs in means of performance and size.

With lots of tweaks to our engine and code, Uptime Robot now saves every action to present them as reports and charts.

The first report activated is the “Last 24 Hours Status” which can be found in the “My Monitors” page like below:

The report displays the events (up/down/paused) within a timeline and it is interactive. You can hover any event to find out the details about it.

In order to view the dates and times in your own timezone, we have added a “timezone” field inside the “My Settings” page which you can select your own and the report (+ all feature reports) will be displayed with that timezone.

P.S. The report tooltips are a little buggy in IE (working on a fix) but they work nice in all other browsers.