For quite a while I've had a public "Status" page online for WhisperGifts via Pingdom. It basically just shows uptime over the past few days, but given my site is relatively low-volume and not ovely critical to my customers, the $10/month for Pingdom was actually one of my largest expenses after hosting.
So, I started looking for an alternative.
My basic todo list for next time:
publicfolder of the upscuits package, rename
config.js. Paste your API key(s) inside it.
status.mysite.comand enable website mode. Setup your DNS etc to point to this bucket.
public/to your AWS bucket
For a small site like mine this has a couple of obvious benefits. It's free (or $4.50/month if you want higher resolution - still half the price of the most basic Pingdom plan); it uses a tiny amount of S3 storage which is as good as free, and doesn't involve running any server-side code. The included
index.html is also easily customisable if you like, since it's just plain HTML (using the Bootstrap framework, by default). This is a big win over hosted solutions, IMO.
Thanks for reading.
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