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.