It has been 3 years since Uptime Robot has launched.
The service taught us a lot about scaling, advanced HTTP and managing a widely-used product. We saw that no two sites, servers or networks are the same and learned how to deal with them all.
We try hard to make it stay simple-yet-functional, improve the engine and provide premium-like support. Lately, we have been working hard on few things (that's why we didn't push new features for a while). So, what's next?
A totally new engine with "second-perfect monitoring"
If you have ever dug the HTTP logs of your site, you may have realized that Uptime Robot is not always checking sites in 5 mins strictly. It is sometimes 5 mins 10 seconds, sometimes, 5 mins 50 seconds and when there is load (on network, etc.), this can change even few minutes.
We have spent the last few months on rewriting the monitoring engine completely with a better technology, testing the new engine now and will activate it within a week.
Although this sounds like a technical detail, it will completely change the stability and capability of Uptime Robot.
Monitors will be checked almost second perfect, downtimes will be detected much better and it will help us to add more features with ease.
Uptime Robot v2
The new engine mentioned was our first step to v2. We are also working on a completely revamped interface.
Again simple but much better and many more new features (response time monitoring and reports are some of them).
There are few months left for launching it.
Will it stay free?
Well, no decisions to make it paid.
We tried many ways to monetize it (sponsors, ads, etc.) and experienced that they are all short term. For today, we are "ok" with compensating the costs. If one day we feel that this financing model threatens its future, that may be the time for premium plans. So, as far as we know, still free :).