Category Archives: Upgrades

Uptime tests comparison – rebuild and enhanced

Short update

Uptime check comparison page is just released together with some small UI/UX fixes and enhancements!

If you haven’t seen it yet, just log in or register to our app!

How to get this?

Simply find the test you want to compare and click the compare button.

How to compare?

You can compare single test (for countries comparison) or up to three tests at the same time.

For our internal uptime checks, it looks like our main web app is loads faster without CDN ūüôĄ¬†(as you can see in the movie)

 

 

Product update – All the new things

New quarter, major changes!

Content Checker goes live

Content checker (full website scan) is getting out of an experimental stage. It means we will start charging for those tests, starting this weekend.
If you don’t want to be charged, please remove your tests before Sunday.

Pricing for those tests is as mentioned on the home page:¬†0.0001‚ā¨ per unique link (1‚ā¨ for a website with 10000 links).

We keep the crawler links limit for now (10000 links is current max capacity). This will change in the future.

Uptime checker granularity (time intervals)

Thanks to an awesome feedback we received from one of our new customers (thanks again ‚̧ԳŹ), we’d like to announce that it will be possible to set up an uptime test with new time intervals: 2, 3 and 5 minutes cycles.

We plan to release this change later this week.

Application monitoring

We will introduce another, third AgentSlug.com product – application monitoring. It’s something like a reverse uptime check. For this product, AgentSlug.com doesn’t call you to check if the site is live, but your application is calling us to notify that something meaningful happened.

It’s already being used for our internal health check processes. We will explain this feature further on inside.agentslug.com when it will be closed to launch.

We will support nodejs first. If you happen to have some nodejs processes that do something important to you, feel free to contact us for an invitation to closed beta tests.

Further depreciation of the old UI

The old UI is in the maintenance mode for a¬†couple of months, now it’s the time to close it entirely. The only feature which is not moved to the new UI is the PDF reports generation. Please copy them, if you wish. We won’t support this feature anymore since the default browser PDF generation good enough for sharing the reports as prints.

Sincerely,
Simon Nowicki
Head of the AgentSlug.com

 

p.s. Awesome cover photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

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.

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.

New server – New York

We have just deployed  a brand new uptime monitoring location РNew 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 Jild√©n’s unsplash website which we truly love

Average response time per country and a couple of fixes

During the last weeks we have worked on a couple of minor¬†changes you won’t see because most of them are under the hood or not released yet.¬†However, two of the released ones are probably important to¬†you.

Uptime chart - response timesAverage response time chart

This was something we were planning to do, but there was never enough time to make it done.

So we finally did it in the middle of our work for a major change of the whole downtime alert system (which is going to be released soon) to get a brake and freshen up our minds.

As you can see on the screenshot, we simply added additional data to the existing uptime chart. Those data represent the average response time for your website, grouped by country. You can find it on the test report page.

The blue line has¬†not changed, it’s still an uptime percentage per day. The additional lines are yellow, red and orange. Those show the average response time per day for each country (US, FR and PL).

We also added a tooltip to each line to give you more detailed information about what you see on the screen.

This is the first version of this feature. We are going to enhance it in the nearest future.

No more e-mail flood

While working on the new e-mail notification system, we found out that sometimes something bad happens with our crawlers, and sometimes more than one robot grabs a tests to do an uptime check.

For some (thankfully) edge cases it caused more than one downtime alert.

The edge case was: the robots behave nastily and grab already reserved test to be checked and the website is actually down. Then, two or three robots detect this downtime, and all of them send the downtime notice.

This should not happen again, since we have finally found the real bug in our code.