Help setting up a backup and monitoring server

May 22, 2015 1.2k views
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Hey guys,

I'm sure this has been covered somewhere, but I can't seem to find the right information for my needs. What I would like to do is set up a $5 droplet/server that can:

A. monitor my other server for downtime. Ideally the site will have constant pings enabled to check every, say.... 5 minutes. If my site goes down, I get an email (or preferably a text-message to my cell phone), and...

B. create backups of my website every other day.

Are such things possible? Is that the best way to go about doing this?

On that note, I'm going to go slightly off-topic here and ask if there are any other recommendations to utilize the server space? I'm also thinking about setting up a VPN service, among other things, so I would really, really appreciate some input.

Thanks for your (much appreciated) time.


  • A. you can use pingdom.com free service to monitor your site. You can configure it to send notification via email and SMS.

    B. What do you want to backup? files? database? do you want to have offsite backup outside DO?

  • Thanks for your reply, sumodirjo.

    Pingdom is good, but I'd like to set something up on a personal server to see if it can be done/have control of it.

    As for backups, I'd like to make extra backups of wordpress websites (including databases). Ideally this would just be another $5 server hosted by Digital Ocean. Thanks again for your reply!

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