Category Archives: Upgrades

Realtime uptime widget

If you’re our superuser you probably noticed you have an option to create a public page of your tests.

To make this functionality more interactive and custom, we created a possibility to add a widget wherever you want with the realtime uptime chart.

Adding a widget to your site is really simple, and if you have a opportunity to create a <script> tag to your website, you’ll definitely handle it without any problems.

Step 1 – create a public uptime monitoring page

First thing you need to do is create a public uptime monitoring page. To do that, simply click on the yellow “create hash” button, next to a test name.

Create hash button

When you clicked the button, a new hash is created and now you have access to two different buttons: public page and reset.

Single test on list

Public page is a public link with a realtime uptime monitoring chart. Anytime our robot access your site and report the uptime status, you’ll see a green dot on a chart.

If you hover the dot, you’ll also get an information about the single test proceeded

Realtime uptime monitoring - test site

Remember the page is as public in a same way as your dropbox share links. It is not protected by password or your account session. Anyone who knows the link, can access the site.

If you’d like change the link, you can always do that clicking the “reset” button on a tests list.

Step 2 – copy the secret part

Your new public realtime page URL looks similar to this one:

http://agentslug.com/public/realtime/d5ffc4218f/104

Now, write down (copy) two last parts of the URL. You’ll need it for widget configuration.

For this example, we need to copy this: “d5ffc4218f/104”

Step 3 – insert a <script> to your site.

Now it’s time for the last step. Simply copy the html below and paste it wherever you want (for example on you blog sidebar, just like we did here).

<div id=”uptime_graph” data-title=” ” data-hash=”d5ffc4218f/104″></div>
<script src=”http://agentslug.com/ps/realtime_widget.js” data-target=”uptime_graph”></script>

The only thing you need to customize to make it work for your test is to change the “data-hash” attribute. Paste there the two last one parts of the URL you copied on step 2.

You can also change the “data-title” attribute. If you leave it empty, there will be no title at all (just the chart and your logo), just like we did on this blog.

I’m a web developer, how to customize it

If you’re a web developer, you probably need to customize it.

You can do it both way:

By configuration

The script has basic configuration options. You can change the title (see above) and height of the iframe which displays the widget (default is 300px, max is 500px).

By making your own javascript

If you like to, you can always make your own script, using our as an example.

Source code of the script, extended information can be found on our GitHub repository.

 

 

Low account and zero account notifications tweak

Fresh, spring update

Tuning up the notifications

Recently we were working on another feature that may greatly improve your user experience with our service.

In order to meet your expectations, we’ve changed our low account and zero-account notifications.

How to disable notifications?

In fact it’s quite simple. You need to pause or delete all your active tests and then you’ll no longer receive any message.

Secondary email, quick settings link and more

New features you’ll love

Last couple of weeks we’ve been tuning up the AgentSlug.com to make it even better, faster and more reliable. We’re also preparing ourselves to do a big pivot of the app by adding some cool functionalities.

Aside of planning and wireframing the big v 2.0, we’ve already made some new features which seem to be a must-have as soon as possible.

All features listed below are available since today.

Secondary emails

After the upgrade, every website test (monitoring) can be labeled with additional, secondary (alternative) email.

When site is down (or up), AgentSlug.com will send a notification to the secondary email. Even if you set “email notifications” off in your account settings. Secondary email attribute is fully independent.

User story

I’m monitoring (personally) dozen of websites within AgentSlug.com uptime monitoring service. Not all of them are important to me nor my client. Some are just triggered to grab some data from the world.

For example, after we had deployed Ukraine-Russia cyber war monitoring I got flooded with up/down notifications from monitored websites. There were so many emails, that I was forced to turn the email notifications off to my whole account to not get flooded to death.

Now, with a secondary email feature, I still have email notifications turned off as a global setting. However, I set a secondary email to every important website.

Turn off email notifications within notification itself

If you’re a hardcore AgentSlug.com user, there is some probability that you get a lot of messages from the service.

Sometimes you’re aware of a problem with your site and don’t want to get more messages anymore.

Now, you can turn them off by clicking a “turn off” link. The link is valid up to two days and works even if you’re logged out.

Turning off the email alerts

Email notification turned off alert

Just in case you forget that you turned off email alerts, we will send you an email to remind you about that.

It would be sent no more often than once a month and only if one of your sites is down. If none of your site is down, you won’t get any message. Ever.