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Pingdom, a popular website monitoring and performance management service, will soon cease welcoming non-paying users. In an email sent to users today, Pingdom announced that it will end its free tier on February 6.
The move, which unsurprisingly upset many users, comes five years after Pingdom was acquired by SolarWinds, a company based in Austin, Texas. In its email, Pingdom said it intended to focus its resources and investments on the next phase of product development.
Founded in 2007, Pingdom attracted more than 500,000 users from 200 countries in seven years, prior to its acquisition. Several large companies including Google, Spotify, Microsoft, Twitter, Slack, Evernote, Mailchimp, Github, Square, Instagram and others became his clients.
The service has also attracted a number of individual customers and mom-and-pop stores. Through the free tier plan, Pingdom offered users the ability to track uptime, monitor performance, and receive text alerts for a single website. For individuals and small businesses, the free plan naturally fits the bill. (At the time of acquisition, SolarWinds had noted that he was committed to building Pingdom for businesses of all sizes.)
in which @pingdom forgo freemium.
– Justin (@xxdesmus) Jan. 7, 2019
It’s boring: @Pingdom ends its free plan in a month, on February 6. They offer free users 50% off their starter plan for the first 2 years. If you pay monthly, it will be $ 7.5 / month ($ 15 / month later).
I can’t even justify $ 5 / month for that, personally… ¯_ (ツ) _ / ¯
– Levi Figueira (@levifig) Jan. 7, 2019
@pingdom removes their free level. If designed correctly, the free tier users really shouldn’t have cost the company a lot of money. It is very disappointing.
– Antony Williams (@antonydwilliams) Jan. 7, 2019
Welp, that's @pingdom added to the list of companies canning free accounts in favour of bottom line. Light users such as myself apparently don't matter. It's a shame, I recommended Pingdom to my place of work as a good product. How did I know that? I'M A FREE USER!
— Dan 🦖 (@dannosaur7) January 7, 2019
If you are a Pingdom user looking for a free alternative, there are a handful of services you can try. Here are three options:
- Status Cake offers 10 uptime tests every 5 minutes and a page speed test every day. It counts Microsoft, Netflix and GoDaddy among its customers.
- Pingbreak is still in beta, but lets you track SSL and response time. He checks the results with an external agency. To date, it does not allow users to sign up without a Twitter account.
- Availability robot offers five minute watch intervals and 50 watch instances per day. You can also consult two months of newspapers. Uptime Robot counts Expedia, Fandango and Staples among its customers.
Pingdom urges free users to become paid subscribers. The company offers several plans ranging from $ 15 per month to $ 395 per month for those with business level needs. (It also offers annual packages with introductory discounts.)
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