Wupbox is a website monitoring service that helps users keep tabs on the performance of their sites. Wupbox measures uptime, down time, response time, latency, and other key analytics. It does so from several world locations to give users an idea of how their sites are performing outside of their own borders. Users with paid accounts can check multiple websites. Since downtime can cost website owners a considerable amount of money in the form of lost business, these are certainly important statistics to watch. All of the information is delivered in a series of graphs and charts, and users can receive e-mail reports if they don’t want to log into Wupbox directly.
Wupbox was founded by David Mills in September of 2011. It is a UK based company. It does not seem to have attained much popularity or buzz, nor does it seem to have been as heavily promoted as it could have been.
Wupbox’s major competitors are Chartbeat, Get Clicky, and Visistat. All of the competing services offer more features than Wupbox. VisiStat actively helps users monitor traffic, which would seem to almost be a necessity for any product developed to help webmasters. VisiStat helps users track and capture leads, too. Get Clicky analyzes traffic, tweets, backlinks, and more. It also allows for visitor segmentation, and gives users detailed information about their site visitors. Chartbeat helps users understand whether or not visitors are even engaging in their site content. Given how little Wupbox does in comparison, it is clear there is a lot of room for this app to improve.
The app is easy enough to use, and has a clean feel. Unfortunately it has focused exclusively on some of the least interesting and useful site stats out of the entire group of stats that webmasters care about. Sure, it’s good to know that the site performs smoothly in both Dublin and New York, but who is it performing for? There’s nothing particularly exciting about using this app, in part because of what it has chosen to target but also because the web interface seems designed to put visitors to sleep.
Registration is clunky. After choosing which version of Wupbox users wish to engage with users must enter some fairly standard information, but then users have to wait for Wupbox to send them a confirmation e-mail. Once the user has chased the e-mail down and clicked on the confirmation link he can get started. Many apps allow one to get started right away, without this tedious e-mail confirmation process.
There are three Wupbox account levels. A free account lets users monitor a single website. For $10 per month, users can monitor up to 5 websites. A $40 premium account allows users to monitor up to 30 websites.
If a user happens to be using an app that monitors everything but website speed and downtime, then the user might get some use out of Wupbox, simply as an alternative to changing everything over to an application that handles everything. Other users would be better served by finding a more comprehensive app.