West Wind Web Monitor
your Web Site?
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to keep an eye on your Web site? Worried that your site might not be up
and running returning accurate results? How much is it costing you if your
site is down or not responding properly? Can you afford *not* to monitor
West Wind Web Monitor can help you monitor any number of Web site links to ensure they are alive and kicking, and more importantly, returning the results you actually
expect. Web Monitor can
watch an unlimited number of Web URLs and notify you via email or pager if
there is a problem. It can even launch another URL or execute a file to
correct the problem without manual intervention when a failure occurs.
Web Monitor also notifies you again once the site comes back up, so that
you can relax and back off from full panic mode at 3am in the morning.
Web Monitor can run either as a desktop application, taskbar item or as
a Windows Service and allows you to monitor up to 100 sites per instance. The Service
Version also provides a remote Web
interface to administer the Web Monitor Service over the Web (requires Internet
Information Services and
ASP.NET 2.0 or later).
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So what are you waiting for?
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Monitor for yourself today for free!
Wind Web Monitor Features:
Web Site Monitoring
- Monitor any number of Web sites simultaneously
- Monitor HTTP result for a
specific strings contained
- Search for result text or missing result text with plain text or RegEx
- Configure each site individually including messages, actions
and check frequency
- Recheck sites before failing to
avoid false positives
- Support for Authentication, SSL, POST and HTTP Headers in
- Supports monitoring of Web Services
- Monitor sites once every few seconds or
once a day - it's up to you
- Hit maintenance links at regular intervals to perform automated Web
Failure Notification and Recovery Processing
- Send email or pager/SMS
notifications (via email) in response to
- Unlimited number of recipients are supported
- Execute one or two Web
links or executables on the local machine in response to a failure
- Detect site reactivation and send notification of
- Create custom Notification handlers via add-in model using any
- Logging of failure
and restart events
- Log files store data in XML format for external Log parsing
and scripted configuration modification without the UI
- Four operational modes:
- Desktop Operation
- Task Tray Operation
- Windows Service Operation (Service Version)
- ASP.NET Web Front end to administer Web Monitor remotely
- Add-in support lets you extend Web Monitor with any .NET
- Customizable and pluggable .NET C# source code
to plug Web Monitor monitoring engine into your own .NET applications.
Want more information? Take a look at the online
documentation available with features walk throughs and developer
documentation. Or take Web Monitor for a spin by
our fully functional shareware version. Don't let your Web Site keep
you up at night!
Web Monitor Operation
The main page is the most
important one which displays a list view of the current activity as well as the base information for the currently
selected site. All other tabs of the interface are specific to a particular site
configuration. Figure 1 shows the main interface that you see when Web Monitor is first
To configure a site for monitoring you
simply add a URL and specify the frequency of monitoring. You can
optionally provide a username and password for the URL and a search string
to locate in the URL to look for - if the search string is not found the
request is considered failed even though it completed.
The contact info page allows you to specify email
information that is used to contact you when a server goes down. You can enter an
unlimited number of email addresses and provide info on your mail server email send
options. Here I have an email address as well as a cell phone email box to
get notified of the failure. Mail Server and other configuration options are configured
The Actions info page allows you to configure actions that
occur when a request fails. In addition to emailing the contacts in the
email list on failure and when the site comes back up, the actions page
allows running of any system moniker - URLs or operating system
applications or batch files. On the following page I run a URL with login
information for the first failure and a batch file for the second:
You can run both quick and slow recurring
links through Web Monitor. For example, I like to run a number of Web
based maintenance tasks that happen once a day through Web Monitor. Web
Monitor can be configured to run requests at long intervals which amount
to running a request once a day or once a week.
Activity of Web Monitor can be viewed directly in the user interface
or you can use the Log Viewer to view both Error and Detail Logs to get
a history of failures and/or all transactions.
The application can run as a standalone
Exe application or as a System Tray applet that doesn't show any user
interface until you click on the tray icon. To launch the app in TrayIcon
mode you can run with the -trayicon commandline switch.
Windows Service Support
In addition to the running in the Taskbar you can also run Web
Monitor as a Windows Service using the Service Version. The Service
version also provides desktop functionality but adds Windows Service
support and provides a full featured ASP.NET front end for the Windows
Service that allows full remote configuration and viewing of the logs
over the Internet.
Full .NET Source Code Version
Web Monitor is also optionally available
with source code to allow extension of the Web Monitoring functionality.
The application is built with modular design for site checking and site
list checking that can plug into other applications relatively easily.
If you're interested in how Web Monitor
works, want to extend its functionality or plug this sort of functionality
into your own .NET application, you can purchase Web Monitor with Source
Code. The WebMonitorSite and WebMonitorSiteList classes are built in
a very modular fashion and can be easily integrated into other .NET
applications. The application also includes a number of useful helper
classes that simplify many .NET tasks related to retrieving HTTP content.
Purchasing Web Monitor
West Wind Web Monitor distributed as
shareware. You can download and try out the software with the fully
functional basic version. The shareware version only runs as a desktop
application and pops up a nag screen. Web Monitor is not free and if you continue to use
the shareware version past its evaluation period of 30
days you must register this copy.
Web Monitor comes in three versions:
Basic Version (Desktop) - $99.00
This version runs as a desktop or tray application. All monitoring
and management features are available,
but the Windows Service and remote Web administration
interface are not available.
Service Version - $199.00
This version provides the features of the Basic version plus the
ability to run as a Windows Service and using the
Web remote administration interface to configure Web Monitor and
view the logs over the Internet. Note the remote Web Interface
requires ASP.NET 2.0 or higher on the machine that Web Monitor runs
Unlimited Organization License - $999.00
Special license that allows the Service Version of Web Monitor on an unlimited
number of machines within a single organization.
Source Code Version - $499.00
This version provides the features of the Service Version but also
includes the full C# source code to the application. This includes
source to the monitoring components, the desktop front end, the
Windows Service and the ASP.NET Web application. We've had so many
requests for either the source or customizations that we decided to
make the source available in a separate package.
You can register in the
Online Store via secure link with Visa, Mastercard or American
For additional payment options please
see our pricing pages.
Web Monitor 3.43
This release is mainly a bug fix
release and it adds better support for running under 64 bit Windows.
Previous updates have added exciting new features including Windows Service support, a remote Web
Administration interface and improved logging features, support for
searching for result content with RegEx expressions, thresholds for
notifications and more. Check out the full
Download Web Monitor
Version 3.43 - 5/15/2011 (2.2meg)
Download the shareware version of Web Monitor. The shareware version
is fully functional but doesn't include the Service features of the full
Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, 2008
.NET V4.0 or later
Watch a Video Walk Through
Watch this 25 minute video that takes you through the features
of Web Monitor and shows how to set up sites for monitoring using
both the standalone application, the Windows service and the optional
Web front end UI to manipulate and monitor your Web Monitor sites.
Watch a Video
from previous versions now and Save
If you're an existing user of Web Monitor 2.0 you can purchase an
for the service version. Upgrades to the Basic version are free.