Site24x7: A budget platform with Limited Functionality and Support. Room for Improvement!
January 24, 2019

Site24x7: A budget platform with Limited Functionality and Support. Room for Improvement!

Rob Bates | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Site24x7

Our organization uses Site24x7 to monitor our corporate websites, with a mixture of API, transaction and speed tests. Its used to provide performance data and alerting, which is probably the most important aspect as we're a 24x7 company, and our websites need to have high availability around the clock, for customers. The problem we were facing with our previous provider (Smartbear) was the cost and a decision was made to look for a cheaper banded solution that provided most of the functionality that our provider at the time gave.
  • Very clean website UI. Tests are well categorized and navigation is very simple.
  • The accompanying mobile app is very useful when on the go as it can also notify you of any issues.
  • The cost of the platform is very cheap and the cost also scales at a low amount.
  • No on-premise footprint. All cloud-based.
  • The support element, unfortauntely, leaves a lot to be desired. Issues logged tend to take anywhere from a week to two weeks to resolve and despite chasing and escalating, there is no reduction in the time taken and in some instances, no resolution.
  • The transaction recording technology based on selenium is poor. Its very basic and leaves a lot to be desired when trying to insert advanced checks.
  • There is no playback functionality attached to the web browser recorder. You have to rely on screenshots and only after you have uploaded the recording.
  • Having also sampled the cloud and server monitoring aspects they also provide, we found the features to be very lacking and not suitable for a medium to large enterprise company.
  • Positivity wise, we're spending a third of what we were on our website monitoring, this has allowed us to focus funding elsewhere (namely SolarWinds).
  • We have enhanced our core monitoring by now also being able to provide better coverage, whereas we were handicapped with our previous supplier due to the scaling costs of multi-step transactions.
  • The general feeling from our IT staff is that the platform is not great, which obviously reduces confidence in the ability for the platform to provide accurate monitoring data for our websites.
Simply put, AlertSite from Smartbear is a great product, with top-notch functionality. However, the cost of the platform when using multi-step transactions is incredibly pricey and the cost does not scale well when you want to increase your monitoring. Site24x7 alleviates the cost somewhat, however, you do get what you pay for, and the functionality is not on the same level as AlertSite. Pingdom, is a good, clean product, but it is not suitable for multi-step location-based website monitoring and it needs development before it can slide in with some of the big suppliers. Having evaluated Uptrends, we actually found their sales staff to be forceful and pushy, constantly trying to call us and email us, even after we had put an end to the trial. Site24x7 was the best product in a line of suitors.
Site24x7, in particular, its website monitoring is suited to a small company with a small scale web backend with basic functionality. For large scale enterprise companies, it's worth spending the extra and going with a higher end solution. If you want support, then look away now. Despite the negativity, when it works, it does actually work well and does provide accurate data.