It’s impossible to monitor your WordPress website 24/7. However, if something goes wrong, you’ll want to know about it as soon as possible. Without a notification system in place, there’s always a chance your website could be experiencing downtime or running vulnerable code without you realizing it.
Fortunately, WordPress integrates with a wide range of tools and services, including the popular messaging platform Slack. With a bit of setup, WordPress can send you a Slack notification every time there’s an issue that requires your attention so that you can have peace of mind.
In this article, we’ll explore two ways to monitor your WordPress website using Slack. We’ll even show you how to completely automate this process by scheduling performance and uptime scans and then posting the results to Slack. Let’s get started!
An introduction to Slack
With 12 million daily active users, Slack is one of the most popular messaging platforms. It’s available as a desktop or mobile application and is also accessible via your web browser.
Slack helps teams communicate and collaborate by joining a virtual workspace via a specific URL. A typical Slack workspace consists of multiple channels for individual departments or projects.
To use Slack, you’ll typically either create a workspace or join an existing one. You can then join a channel, or create your own. If your company, organization, or friends are already using Slack, chances are they’ve created at least one workspace and channel. This means that getting started with Slack may be as simple as creating an account.
If you’re a WordPress user, it’s possible to integrate your website and your Slack account using a webhook. After creating this connection, you can generate notifications about important events that happen on your site and post them as Slack messages.
These messages can notify you of critical WordPress events such as security vulnerabilities or unexpected downtime. They can also reflect the specific events that you care about. For example, you might want to receive a notification every time someone posts a comment, purchases a product, or registers for an account on your website.
Why you should consider adding Slack notifications to WordPress
If your website goes offline or experiences a data breach, it’s vital you’re aware of this critical issue as soon as it occurs. This can help you take steps to limit the consequences for your site and your users, and to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
Relying on team members to notice critical issues can result in delays. You may even be completely unaware there’s a problem until your customers start to complain.
Slack can notify you about serious issues as soon as they’re detected. If you install the Slack application on your smartphone or tablet, you’ll receive these updates even when you’re away from your computer.
When you set up Slack notifications, you can specify the exact channel where you want
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on ManageWP.