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# 237793 18-Jun-2018 14:55
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Monitor Wordpress self hosted site

 

I wonder what is the best solution to this issue.

 

Every now and then a wordpress site will crash and all that shows when you try to access it is a horrible couple of lines of code saying basically what the problem is in tech speak.

 

This is a real turnoff to anyone accessing the site.

 

Is there a product and whats it called(as my google search has come up with nothing) that if the wheels fall off and the site crashes a "thingy" come up that says "Sorry Yadda yadda.."

 

At the same time you get a message saying site has crashed NOT that its just not accessible but carshed.

 

any ideas?

 

 





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  # 2039797 18-Jun-2018 14:57
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Status Cake is pretty good - statuscake.com


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  # 2039799 18-Jun-2018 14:58
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Would also suggest installing WordFence for some additional security.





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  # 2039807 18-Jun-2018 15:01
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modcar:

 

Status Cake is pretty good - statuscake.com

 

 

I think he wants something that shows a nice message to the visitor - perhaps in addition to monitoring.

 

I'd say put behind Cloudflare and use their custom error pages.





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  # 2039811 18-Jun-2018 15:05
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I use Uptime Robot to check that the home page of Wordpress websites return some text I expect to be on the page. If it's not there it emails me and I fix it.

 

Automatically putting up a page that says "website under maintenance" isn't something I've done. You'd have to do it outside Wordpress, probably with some kind of a smart reverse proxy. Suggest you don't bother with that, just set up Uptime Robot.


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  # 2039829 18-Jun-2018 15:18
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I have several wordpress sites and they have never just crashed with an error. Not unless it has been hacked or you have a bad host? They may if you are getting it to automatically update plugins etc, and you get a bad plugin update, which happens from time to time. But I always do these manually. 


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  # 2039834 18-Jun-2018 15:24
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Jetpacks uptime monitoring seems to work if you want to know when its down.  If its a bad plugin then you cant really put some "fancy" error message up as the website most likely thinks its still running correctly.  Should be pretty rare bad plugin updates stop the site. I monitor all mine with infinitewp.  It does the updates when I log into it and tell it to update everything, then I refresh the monitoring again just to see if any sites error out - I have one that regularly doesnt delete its maintenance lock file and that requires me manually doing so.  


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  # 2039850 18-Jun-2018 15:43
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I have had Yoasts SEO once deliver a bad update, and required me to delete the plugin via FTP and upload the fixed version, as I couldn't even login. If updating lots of plugins in one go, working out which one has gone bad could require some effort if you have lots of plugins, although usually the error will tell you which plugin is having trouble.  Never had a lock file not delete. But all this is part of the time cost with using wordpress.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2039860 18-Jun-2018 15:51
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askelon:

 

Jetpacks uptime monitoring seems to work if you want to know when its down. 

 

 

 

 

The problem I found with jetpack is that it was quite bloated and was told by the host that it slows the site down. It would be good if Wordpress had more of this sort of stuff as part of the core files, rather than requiring plugins. Some of the new features in Wordpress that seem to be trying to make it more userfriendly to use,  IMO are a waste of time, if we have these other issues that require third party plugins to fix




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  # 2040374 19-Jun-2018 12:45
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Thank you one and all for some good suggestions I will most likely do some of each especially the cloudflare and mybe the "return text" notification one

 

Cheers again





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