ok.. I have upgraded my monitoring service to hit the site every 5 minutes and do a page text verification. It will load a specific page and search for a specific word. If this word is not found I'll get paged out. So now this covers the site in 2 ways: 1) if the site can not be accessed I'll be notified 2) if the apug forum database has problems but the site is still running I'll be notified (if the forum database has problems the word which the monitoring service is looking for on the specified page will not be able to load and this will trigger an alert.)
I am expecting we'll have around 2 to 3 more 30min or so outages before the server hardware is swapped out. I'll be able to get us back up more quickly with the new monitoring in place. Thanks for your continued patience with the server issues.