London Babe!

We just started expanding our locations by adding two new servers.

One in N. Virginia (US – East) which will replace our current NY server.

Second in London which also means we’ve just added our first UK location!

More locations are coming soon. If you wish to see some specific country on our list, please contact us directly.

All AgentSlug.com servers list is always available on the page below.

Servers list

ps. Many thanks for the awesome London picture go to Susan Yin.

Closer and closer to our fresh new web app

Road to the new web app

As was mentioned before, AgentSlug.com is getting to be refreshed with new functionalities like content checker (Full content test). Since we are also working on a brand new web app, it’s a good time to give you some heads up on the current development status.

Full Content Test

Currently, we offer uptime monitoring tool for your website, but this soon is going to be expanded. Full Content Test is currently in extensive testing process. There was a huge amount of work to make all the back-end performant and reliable. This work is mostly done. We still adjust few things and fixes issue which are popping out from time to time during the tests, but it’s quite close being fully available for all the customers.

With Full Content Test, you can set up a test for your entire website which will periodically crawl the website looking for dead links for pages and resources like javascript or images.

It’s already being heavily tested with some of our customers and so far it looks promising and quite handy.

The new web app, new design!

Since current web app is quite old, and the code base is starting to be rotten,  a decision has been done to start new focusing on the user experience and usability first.

This takes some time, but we believe it’s worth the effort since we already received some feedback from you that things should be changed.

This is happening right now.

The core functionalities are already there, we are focusing now on great onboarding experience and easy access to your data.

By the way, the new web app is much, much faster.

When all the functionalities of the old UI would be implemented in the new application, we will start a migration process.

All our users have access to the alpha version at the moment. A “secret” link can be found in the news section of your current dashboard.

As always we are waiting for your feedback!

What will change?

From the functionality perspective, not much (except the full content test of course, as the new feature).

In a new version the design changes drastically, we use minimal CSS to make your experience platform native as possible. The website will also react faster (client-side rendering, API calls only) and everything you care to see will be updated without reloading the page.

Additionally, we added an opportunity to pay with a credit card which might please some of you, and what is probably the biggest win for our Polish customers since PayPal is not so popular as elsewhere. The new app is already bilingual (additional languages will be introduced later).

Where can I see it?

Just log in to your account and find a link in the news section (sidebar). Please note this is still alpha, everything can still change, including some design decisions.

Release date

The final release date is not clarified yet, but the plan is to start the migration process for all the customers in next 2 months. The first public version is close, but migration won’t start until all wanted features are there for you in the new web app.

Terms changes and further updates

Last period was very busy for AgentSlug.com project and it might be important to share some news with you.

Currently, we are working on major changes. Most of them are improvements, but some will affect user experience. We hope it will be much better

Uptime test statistics data limits

With a first version of AgentSlug.com we didn’t have any restrictions regarding the data storage for  each users. We were tiny and it was not an issue to keep the data even for couple of years.

Now however, we are preparing big changes in our infrastructure and to be prepared for them, we need to shrink the database to have it as small as possible.

We decided to introduce a 2 months limit for historical data for all uptime tests we currently maintain.

In the future, there will be an option to avoid this limit, but currently we don’t want to offer it. We did ask some of our users how important it is, we did notify everyone about this change and it seems to be not an issue for anyone at all.

Additionally, we’ve made a copy of all our big database and we will keep it for one month in case of someone didn’t get the message at the right time and could not copy some crucial statistics.

What’s next?

Content Tester

This is the feature we are working on for a long time, but finally it’s reaching a beta version. When it will go public, our service will be much more powerful, able to crawl wholes website looking for all any broken links. Currently it works on our test accounts and we are not ready to publish it yet, but do everything we can to make it available for our customers as soon as possible.

New web application, payment methods and billing system

Along with Content Tester, we will release new and shiny web application, based on React.js and blazing fast. When new app will be ready, additionally to PayPal we will also offer Credit Card payments. Also, we will drop current “points” billing system and offer more understandable system based on € (EUR) currency.

One thing won’t change for sure, we will still charge with explicit permission and with no hidden costs. Free tier will be available as well, so if you are testing your website for free, nothing will change for you in this matter.

If you have any doubts or questions regarding future changes, feel free to contact us any time.

Best wishes!

Introducing API and SSL for website

Usually the effort we make to improve AgentSlug.com is not clear. Most of the work is made under the hood. But this time, we are happy to introduce two new things which are awesome and one of them is empowering you to get more data from your tests.

Website encryption

As you know, whole encryption is really important for whole the industry. Now, thanks to letsencrypt.org it’s also cheap. Thanks to letsencrypt.org we can provide SSL encryption for all our website.

Your uptime monitoring API

We plan to give you API for some time, now it becomes reality. API specification is not yet finished, so we cannot promise it won’t change. However, we decided to make it public now, so you can play around and of course use it anyway you want. Just please keep in mind there’s no guarantee or promise it will be available all time. We still do some tests, so from time to time API can be disabled without a notice.

This service is also limited. Currently we allow you to make 2000 requests per day, and 50000 requests per month. When API will go out of alpha testing we will bump this limit little bit.

Documentation is available on https://api.agentslug.com. All requests should be authorised with Bearer token, which you can generate on https://agentslug.com/account/api

Happy testing and as always feel free to contact us to provide feedback. This service is made for your and your voice always matters.

Winter upgrades

During the winter we made some adjustments to our service and currently we are happy to announce them.

Compare your uptime tests

AgentSlug.com - comparison - response by country

Since couple of days you can compare your uptime monitoring test results on http://agentslug.com/compare/ page.

Currently this feature is kind of a beta and for performance reasons we limit you comparison to maximum 6 tests and 3 months for each compare report.

Additional options for your test

AgentSlug.com - add new test

For special request of one of our clients, we expanded test options to new possibilities to customize:

  • User Agent (this way you can set your own User Agent for test instead of using AgentSlug.com one)
  • Follow redirects – if enabled, test will accept up to 5 following redirects. If the last response will be still redirect response, checker will consider it as a downtime

We also did some minor adjustments in our back-end to make everything faster and also to prepare the system to work with new iOS app which will be available this year.

As always, we encourage you to send us any feedback. We make this service for you and we will be more than happy to make it even better.

Integration with slack

Thanks to one our our client we added a cool new feature to make our service better.slack-logo-color

If you use Slack for communication needs, you can integrate your Slack service with AgentSlug.com.

Integration process is simple and should take not more than 5 minutes. After everything is done we will start delivering downtime alerts right to one of your chat rooms.

Step 1 – create a webhook

Log in to your Slack account and then, navigate to “Configure integrations > Incoming Webhooks“.

Slack Incoming webhooks create webhook - select channelThen select channel for AgentSlug.com alerts. We will be able to post messages to single channel for every webhook URL.

Slack Incoming webhooks create webhook -  generate webhook url

When channel is selected, click this big green button with “Add Incoming Webhook Integration” label. Slack Incoming webhooks create webhook - copy urlThen, when page is reloaded, just copy the red url and keep it for further use.

Step2 – add webhook URL to your account

When URL is generated it’s time to add it to your AgentSlug.com account.Slack Incoming webhooks create webhook - paste it to your AgentSlug.com account settings page

To do that, simply log in to you account and navigate to Account Settings page. Then scroll to Alerts section and simply paste the URL you have from Slack.com to the URL input field.

Slack Incoming webhooks create webhook - save it and check the test messageRight after you hit the “add” button we will send you a test message. If you got it, everything is done.

Rely on Slack messages only

If you don’t like receiving alerts to your e-mail inbox, you can safely turn it off on your Account Settings page and rely only on Slack messages.

However, please keep in mind, that if for some reason we will not able to send up/downtime alert to your Slack channel, we will send it by e-mail as a fallback.
* Our service is not created by, affiliated with, or supported by Slack Technologies, Inc.

New server – New York

We have just deployed  a brand new uptime monitoring location – New York, US.

New server is powered by Digital Ocean.

In the nearest future we are going to open another location and after that, we will switch off the us.agentslug.com server (we have some problems with EC2).

You can always find a full AgentSlug’s uptime monitoring servers list here.

 

cover photo downloaded from Anders Jildén’s unsplash website which we truly love