This step-by-step guide explains how to setup and monitor standalone website (URL) resources using CloudMonix.

In this article

1. Monitoring setup

2. Collect, understand and use your data

    2.1 Metrics

    2.2 Alerts

    2.3 Actions

3. Setup verification and troubleshooting

Did you know?

CloudMonix provides advanced monitoring metrics and features for Websites (URLs). Noteworthy:

  • CloudMonix receives data by directly connecting and querying URL resources
  • pre-configured metrics: response code, response time, SSL expiration, resource status
  • alerts on resource outages, slow responses, SSL certificate expires 30 days, SSL certificate expires 5 days
  • ability to run XML / JSON / Web requests on specified resources based on conditions or schedule


a. Add a new URL resource:

Click the Add New button in the top right corner of your dashboard:

Add new resource

b. Firewall configuration:

CloudMonix monitoring services are hosted in Azure and use static IP addresses to perform monitoring. In certain circumstances user-defined firewall rules may prevent CloudMonix from accessing the monitored resources. Given this scenario, it is necessary to white-list CloudMonix IP addresses as described in this article.

c. Fill in required information in the Definition tab:

Definition tab provides settings for the resource name, resource URL, configuration template and categories:

Definition settings

Best Practices

Configuration Template setting provides pre-defined configuration templates available in CloudMonix by default as well as previously stored custom templates. The following default templates are available for Websites (URLs):

Definition tab for an existing resource can be accessed by clicking the resource's monitoring settings in the performance dashboard:

Resource monitoring settings

d. Advanced configuration:

Advanced configuration tab provides additional monitoring settings, which are already set as default for most use-cases.

Resource-specific tweaking may be required for Retries if Timed OutMethodContent TypeUser Agent, Credentials, Custom Headers and Ignore invalid SSL Certificate Errors.

Advanced configuration

Collect, understand and use your data

Specific Metrics, Templates, Alerts and Automation Actions for Websites (URLs):

Websites (URLs) Settings

a. Metrics:

Diagnostic data points retrieved from the monitored resource are referred to as metrics . CloudMonix provides default templates for the metrics recommended for common configurations. Metrics can be further added, removed or customized in the Metrics tab of the URL resource configuration dialog:

CloudMonix URL monitoring metrics

b. Alerts:

CloudMonix features a sophisticated alert engine that allows alerts to be published for very particular conditions pre-defined by a template configuration or custom based on any of the available metrics. Alerts can be further added, removed or customized in the Alerts tab of the URL resource configuration dialog:

CloudMonix alerts for URL resources

c. Actions:

Actions are automation features that can be configured to fire based on specific conditions or schedule. Actions can be added and configured in the Actions tab of the URL resource configuration dialog:

Available actions include the ability to run XML / JSON / Web requests on specified resources based on conditions or schedule.

CloudMonix URL resource automation

Setup verification and troubleshooting

a. Setup verification:

Successful resource setup can be verified by clicking Test button in the resource configuration dialog and visiting the Test Results tab:

Monitoring setup test results

b. Troubleshooting monitoring issues:

CloudMonix provides deep insights into resource monitoring issues via the Status Dashboard screen. The screen allows to overview resources that have raised alerts and troubleshoot them by diving into the monitoring logs.

Status dashboard

Read the full article on how to use Status Dashboard to diagnose resource monitoring issues.