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.

 

Next step

Feedback is crucial

AgentSlug.com is getting more and more feedback from our first users.  Most of it is positive and that makes me happy, but what’s more important to me is that some of it is really constructive and learning.

As a developer who has decided to make a tool based on “scratching own itch” problem, I can’t be sure what are others’ needs and why they are actually using the app.  Feedback is crucial. Many thanks to everyone for their effort.

Next step

From the first deployment date we are tuning the uptime monitoring module to make it better and more optimized. However, we are about to go further than that.

AgentSlug.com is an uptime monitoring tool for now, but we want to build on it a complementary automatic webmaster tool focused on website monitoring in many dimensions:

  • full content monitoring
    • dead links detection
    • html validation
    • spell checker
    • WAI problems detection within the content (like no [alt] attributes on images)
  • anomalies detection – if your homepage suddenly grows or shrinks it might be hacked (defaced)
  • real users’ load time
  • resources load time testing

That’s just a shortlist of the ideas that we are fully agreed are important for every webmaster or website owner.

Let’s say hi

Hi, I’m Simon*.

I’m the founder and main developer of AgentSlug.com service. If you contact us via live chat or email, you’ll probably contact me personally.  I’m also available on twitter,  and google+.

Beside AgentSlug.com, I run a small web agency – Eskalacja.com. We work for couple of clients, other web agencies and technology companies on monthly basis.  We have lots of work.

Since January 2014 we took off the AgentSlug.com service. Now we share our time between websites we develop and the service we truly believe will be the best – complementary tool for webmasters around the globe.

* (actually it’s Szymon, but you probably won’t pronounce it right)