Product Hunt Daily Log | Pingr

This is day 3 of my Product Hunt Daily Log. I’m going to write about at least one product a day on Product Hunt for the month of September. You can follow along on Substack, Twitter, or on Medium.

What is it?

Pingr is an uptime monitoring tool. They monitor your site and certificate in real-time. When it’s down, they’ll send you notifications via email, Slack, Telegram, or SMS. It seems to me that they’re essentially providing a way more user-friendly and less tech-focused uptime monitoring experience.

The sign-up process was breezy. I just needed to enter a username and password, and I was off to the races. You could also sign up using google SSO if that’s more your style.

After sign-up, you’re presented with this view to enter the URL of the first time you’d like to monitor. I love this. It makes it dead simple as to what my next action should be. I don’t have to try and guess at what I should do next.

Once I’ve entered my URL, and after a short check, I can see the status of my site, my SSL certificate, and my uptime as a percentage all from one dashboard. I wish that it would have gone to the overview page as the first interaction instead of the list view. Still, I can understand if you’re wanting to enter in several URLs at once, this approach makes a lot of sense.

From this view, I can also easily set up notifications for this particular URL.

The notification choices are superb. It really feels like they put some thought into where site owners are going to spend their time. Email, Slack, Telegram, SMS, and SIGNL4 are all a great start in ensuring that the site owner knows the moment their site has an outage.

Drilling deeper into the overview page, Pingr gives you all the information that you could want to see. You can see your site’s response time from different server locations, and a list of any failed checks you might have had on top of an excellent overview card view.

In addition to the monitoring that Pingr provides, they also allow you to create a status page for your customers or internal team to monitor the status from a hosted web page. When creating this page, you have the option to name it, add an uptime threshold, add your logo, and select what sites you want to display. You can view my example here.

After you’ve created your status page, you can then report incidents that will appear on the status page if you need to make your customers aware as to the reasoning of an outage. I love this feature, and it was so easy to setup. My only request would be to be able to hook up a custom domain to the status page. I would imagine that’s already on the road map, though.

My Thoughts

I think this is a wonderful product that will help a lot of smaller businesses be able to monitor their uptime with ease. The setup was remarkably simple, which makes the barrier to entry very low for non-technical users. The pricing seems very reasonable for a lion-share of users.

I’d love to see some more customization put into the status page. I think that will be utilized by a ton of smaller businesses to keep their user’s informed. If they can add the ability to set up a custom domain for that page, that will be a significant driver of adoption across the board.

I love simple tools like this that accomplish their purpose without feature bloat. This checks all the boxes that most users will need for uptime monitoring without feeling needlessly complex to the point where it scares non-technical users away from the platform.

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