How To Send Push Notifications To Alexa When Your Site Goes Down
Site gone down? Get Alexa to sound the alarm with voice alerts!
THAT SITE DOWN FEELING
Businesses, developers, webmasters and site owners around the world have all been there.
It's Monday morning, you look at the stats....zero sales. Or you're about to go to sleep on a Friday night and the boss phones you to say the site is down.
Even the best most popular sites on the web go down, it just happens, that's the internet.
HOW TO REACT FAST
If you're site is down nothing becomes more important in your world than getting the site back online.
But how do you know if your website suddenly falls off the internet?
Luckily there are a ton of services both free and paid that can monitor the uptime of your website. When they detect your site can't be accessed, you get notified.
DOWN TIME NOTIFICATIONS
Website monitoring services can notify you of down time in several ways.
Popular push methods include email, SMS and Slack notifications.
THE NEW APE ON THE BLOCK
What if in addition to the standard email and SMS notifications you could also receive a warning through your Alexa devices?
Voice Monkey gives you these super powers.
For monitoring services that support webhooks or integrations such as IFTTT or Zapier, you can now send announcements to your Alexa devices.
Imagine being in the office and an Amazon Echo device suddenly announces "Website is down. I repeat, website is down". Or being alerted in the middle of the night by your bedside Echo Dot.
In seconds, you roll back that Git commit to a safe version of the site and it's back up, phew!
POPULAR WEBSITE MONITORING TOOLS
These are some of the most popular website monitoring tools that would support a Voice Monkey integration for Alexa notifications.
Pingdom is well known for providing uptime monitoring. Through their webhook integration you can trigger your Voice Monkey API URL when an UP or DOWN event occurs.
Uptime Robot has grown very fast in the last few years. They offer multiple types of notifications including SMS, Slack, email, phone calls and of course webhooks which of course can be used for Voice Monkey.
Uptrends has a great product and like the services above offers a webhook for Voice Monkey integration so you can set-up your voice alerts through Alexa.
Uptime offers a multitude of integrations with 3rd party systems and of course they have a webhook for Voice Monkey to make Alexa push alerts.
NodePing's 'Business' pricing tier offers webhooks to allow you integrate with Voice Monkey.
PingPing offer a generous free plan for monitoring two websites every 30 seconds. Webhooks are included for the Alexa push notifications through Voice Monkey.
HOW TO SETUP DOWN TIME NOTIFICATIONS THROUGH ALEXA
Step 1 - Sign Up To Voice Monkey
Step 2 - Generate A URL
Generate an API URL and set the announcement text with something like, "Warning, site is down." (get creative here).
Step 3 - Plug The URL Into Your Website Monitoring Service
Now add the URL you've generated to the webhook of your downtime service or within an IFTTT or Zapier webhook if that works better.
Now, every time an event triggers the voice monkey API URL, you should receive a notification through your Alexa speaker and lengthy down time will hopefully become a thing of the past.