Downtime notifications and site failover

How can we set up automated site failure notifications and failover to another site?

Tony Dellett
George’s Music

Paid plans have health checks with notifications and UptimeRobot is free.

For a failover to a different site, you can try this:


For notifications, you can setup Health Checks as @sdayman mentioned from the Traffic section of your Cloudflare Dashboard that will notify you when an origin is un-reachable.

Additionally, if your Cloudflare DNS provides another A or AAAA record or your Cloudflare Load Balancer lists another origin in the same pool, Zero-Downtime Failover automatically retries requests to your origin even before a Load Balancing decision is made. Cloudflare currently retries only once for HTTP 521, 522, and 523 response codes. Zero-Downtime Failover is available on our Pro, Business, and Enterprise plans.

Take a look at this article for further reference: Preventing site downtime – Cloudflare Help Center

Though if they want it to fail over to a different site, I imagine that gets a bit more complicated. Unless they mean a different server that will respond to the same host name.


This is correct since our website is hosted on a single platform that cannot be replicated on another server. If the site is down we’d like it to redirect to another site that provides a more friendly “downtime” message.

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