This system is used to monitor other websites. Into the database add a list of URLs to check.
Then a cronjob needs to be set up to check these sites. It will let you know when it finds a problem, and then again when a problem is fixed. You can set it to alert you via twitter or email.
If you use Twitter, you can set up twitter to send you a text whenever the system sends a tweet (which is very useful).
You will need the twitter tools:
pip install twitter
You will then need to add the following information to a local_settings.py file:
# This will let you send emails through Gmail EMAIL_USE_TLS = True EMAIL_HOST = 'smtp.gmail.com' EMAIL_PORT = 587 EMAIL_HOST_USER = 'firstname.lastname@example.org' EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD = '' # Your TO_EMAIL is a list of addresses to send monitoring emails to # Your FROM_EMAIL is the address that sends the emails. If using Gmail, you'll need to set this up as a delagate # Set TWITTER = False if you don't want to send tweets TO_EMAIL =  FROM_EMAIL = EMAIL_HOST_USER TWITTER = True # Add a list of URLs that you know are usually working. If they are all down, then we assume the internet is down and don't bother with the monitoring process SANDBOX_URLS = ('http://www.bbc.co.uk/', 'http://www.google.co.uk/') # If it finds one of these codes, then it's working GOOD_CODES = (200,301,304) # These are your keys from twitter. You'll need to authorise your site as an app to get these CONSUMER_KEY = '' CONSUMER_SECRET = '' OAUTH_TOKEN = '' OAUTH_SECRET = ''
Then, it should all work.
There are a number of limitations that you should be aware of before using this app
- There is a limit of one email address and one twitter feed for the entire app.
- It relies on cronjobs. If you can't run cronjobs, it's not going to work
- It relies on the HTTP protocol. If a script can't be called using HTTP(S), it can't be included here
- You can't check addresses that require authentication.
- Some limitations are imposed by the Django UrlField - there is a maximum length, and URLs are expected to include a TLD (http://google/ can't be added, but http://google.com can).
These are on my to-do list for future improvements.