StatusCake Domain Monitoring - Expiry Monitoring & Hijacking Alerts

Big Improvements to the Domain Monitoring Feature

Over the last few weeks we have been working hard to develop the next steps for our domain monitoring feature, and today you’ll see a range of new and advanced functionality implemented in-app.

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First off – we have added a completely new way to add the domains in-app, the system will guide you through a process with several steps, and will validate your entries at the point of submission, meaning a typo, duplicate or wrong setting will be picked up on right away – and you’ll be notified on any errors in the new submission summary window. The new submission system will also automatically detect the validity of the domain, if invalid it won’t be added to your list – saving valuable time.

Another improvement can be seen in terms of the number of TLD’s we now support, we are currently able to check over 250 different TLD’s , we provide an easy to access list in app too, so now when adding a domain you won’t be in for any unexpected results.

We have a brand new settings page for the domains which offers more configurable options in a cleaner layout. It’s now possible to set the start and expiry dates on this page – as well as enabling blacklist monitoring, domain expiration alerts, and record change notifications. By putting everything in one place and improving the layout we are hoping to improve a much smoother experience with reduced time spent on setup for each test.

We have also begun to pull through much more information regarding each Domain, you’ll now be able to see the full details concerning technical, administrative and owner contacts from the WHOis on the details page for each domain.

A much requested feature which has also now been implemented is the option to run a forced re-crawl of Domain status and expiry, this can be very useful for occasions where you know that the data has been updated, and need to pull through the most recent info quickly. You can force crawl each domain once per 24 hours.

We’ve made it easy to guard against domain hijacking and be alerted quickly if it occurs! If an unauthorized entity manages to gain control over your domain in order to point it to a different website, we can alert you using our monitoring of the records – the moment we see an unexpected result you’ll be alerted by your chosen method.

As well as being able to force a re-check on the domain, we have now changed the way that the system crawls when we are close to expiry, instead of the standard 7 day crawl we will begin to check daily when expiry is near.

If you want to check out our new functionality for Domains and already have a paid account with us, these new tools and features will be available across all domains previously added, if you have yet to upgrade to a paid plan then now is the perfect time to come on board for this improved functionality.

Read More:  Knowledge Base – Domain Monitoring

Virus Scan

Website Virus & Malware Scanning

We’re pleased to announce the release of StatusCake.com’s new virus and malware checking feature.  Safe Site will scan your website at regular intervals, automatically following every link in your site, and scanning every file it finds for viruses, Trojans, malware, and other malicious threats.  Our systems are also updated every hour to include the latest known threats, ensuring your peace of mind that your site, and visitors to it, are safe from harm.

StatusCake virus scanning is available on all paid plans and provides:

  • website scanning frequency as often as every 15 minutes;
  • ability to scan up-to 50 sites;
  • website scan up-to 100 pages deep;
  • up-to 2,500 files analysed;
  • alerts sent when threat detected;
  • reports available after every scan, or when threats are detected; and
  • detailed in-app reports with an overview of all scanned files.

More detail on the levels of coverage you get with each of our paid plans can be found on our pricing page.

You can find the following useful information on our Knowledge Base:

How to Use the Virus Scan Feature

Virus Scan FAQ

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New Feature : Dashboards

This week we introduced Dashboards – a brand new and much requested feature for our Business level users and above which allows the display of all vital monitoring data in one place!

Multiple Dashboards can now be created in-app, and with these it’s possible to display card type entries for Uptime tests, SSL tests, Page Speed tests, Domain checks and Server Monitors. Each card will display important information on the test and the smart summary at the top will allow you to quickly assess whether there are any problems.

The dashboard is ideal for big office screens and scales to most resolutions and zooms, each page can be customized in terms of which record types are shown at any one time, and there’s even an auto refresh function to keep the results live and fresh.

If you want to give this new feature a try you’ll need to be at least on our Business level plan, with that in place it’s possible to access this via the new “Dashboards” link in the in-app side menu.

StatusCake Server Monitoring

StatusCake Server Monitoring – Early Invite

Development of the StatusCake product has always been driven by our customers; not only in terms of feature requests, but those small changes to the product and user interface that make the world of difference in day-to-day use.  In our our most recent customer survey one the most requested features was server monitoring.  You asked for it so we’re pleased to announce it will be rolling out in the next couple of weeks.

We’d love your feedback on the features and functionality, the usability – on absolutely everything.  We want to bring a new approach to server monitoring.  Make it feel fresh and new rather than some old relic and with your help we can do just that.  Come and talk to us on live chat or email us to put your name down for an early invite.

 

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New Feature: Page Speed Monitoring

Set thresholds and get alerted when your site isn't performing how'd you like
Set thresholds and get alerted when your site isn’t performing how you would expect.

As a direct result of feedback received from our users in the latest customer Survey (January 2016) we’ve been busy working on the features and improvements you’ve asked for.  Today we’re happy to announce the first of these new features; ‘Page Speed Monitoring’.

This new feature is being offered to all our paid users, and with no limits so if you already have a paid plan you can start using Page Speed Monitoring right away

StatusCake Page Speed Monitoring uses a chrome instance and loads all the content from your site, external and internal. This means what you see is what your customers get. Each test is performed using dedicated bandwidth resources at 250kb/s.

We know that uptime is only half the battle, if your site isn’t performing how it should be then you’ll lose visitors, and even more importantly your brand reputation will be damaged” – Daniel Clarke, StatusCake CTO

Get a quick overview on how your site historically performed compared to now
Get a quick overview on how your site historically performed compared to now

We store all page load times indefinitely for all users so you can dive into your historic performance to see if you’re moving in the right direction. You can dive in and find out the load time, page size, requests made (and then drill into each request) and even the content type distribution.

Of course being able to dive into historic data is only half the battle – StatusCake Page Speed Monitoring allows you to set trigger thresholds on metrics such as page load time and Page Size and then get alerted via your pre-existing contact groups.

 

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Improved Public Reporting Pages

We’ve just released a large update for the public reporting pages. This update adds several new features while also improving the overall design and usability of this popular feature. … Read More

StatusCake Uptime Monitoring - Push Monitoring Tests

New Feature: Push Monitoring

With our newest feature “Push Monitoring” we are allowing you to enable reverse monitoring which will give you a whole new angle on the experience. Instead of us contacting your server at certain intervals, you can now configure a push to us. Simply log in to your StatusCake account to start using this impressive function straight away!

It’s simple to setup a push no matter what your development environment is like. We’ve even made a few code samples for you to use that you can check out here

To set this up choose the “New Test” button, and select “PUSH” under Test Type. The settings that you will need to enter for this test are minimal compared to others and only Test Name, Contact Groups, Tags, Push Period (How long should we wait for your server to push to us before being down), and Maintenance windows which could be particularly useful for some more complex set ups.

Remember that to complete this task you will then need to view the test details and copy the link at the top (which is used to send the PUSH) into whichever method you have chosen. You should see results of this start to come in almost instantly if successful.

Read More:  What is Push Monitoring? – StatusCake KnowledgeBase

StatusCake Uptime Monitoring - Maintenance Windows

New Feature : Maintenance Windows

StatusCake maintenance windows have recently been re-released with improved features.  Having listened to your feedback we decided that it was time to completely revamp the system and offer something new and more functional. You will now be able to set time periods where you will not be notified of your site downtime; an excellent solution for telling our systems to automatically ignore things like late night scheduled server restarts. You can create as many maintenance windows as you like, and apply them within uptime tests.

In the past you could find this section within each individual test, but now we have given it it’s own section, just click “Maintenance” in the StatusCake Dashboard to view the page. Here you can set up windows by entering the desired start time and duration, the time zone used will match the one selected in the user details section of the account.

You can preview the window that you have set up before you create it to ensure that the future dates are all correct, once it is submitted you can simply add it to the Maintenance field in by editing a test and going to the test settings section. All of the windows that you set up will be viewable on the maintenance page.

Maintenance windows are available on all StatusCake paid plans.

Read More:  What Are Maintenance Windows?

Read More: What Should I Set A Maintenance Window For?

New Feature: Blacklist Monitoring

Recently we released a brand new feature on StatusCake called Blacklist Monitoring which our customers can use to check if their website has been added to various internet blacklists which many users incorporate into their browsing experience to avoid spam and malware. we have added 15 of the biggest lists to our selection to start, with plans to include more in the near future.

Blacklist Monitoring is an excellent tool for helping to protect the integrity of your website. You can make sure that customers are never dissuaded or prevented from gaining access, and that damaging effects on reputation are picked up and resolved quickly – in short, enabling Blacklist Monitoring on all of your tests gives you even more peace of mind while using the Statuscake service.

In order to use Blacklist Monitoring you just need to create a new test, or edit an existing one. Once you have done this, you should go to the test settings page and scroll down until you see the option to enable the feature, you can also enter a blacklist IP if you want to check an internal service that differs to the test URL. After completing this action, simply submit the test, and you will then be able to view the data on the test details page.

 

SSL Validation & Renewal Alerts

If your SSL Certificate is invalid or expires this can cause all sorts of problems for you as a website owner.  It can throw up security alerts when people visit your website and lead to loss of trust in your website – it can even impact your organic search rankings!

At StatusCake.com we make sure that you can see at a glance that your SSL certificate is valid, and when your certificate comes up for renewal we’ll send you a reminder a week before it expires.  Well send out a reminder, along with any certificate errors we discover, to the Contact Group you’ve got set-up for that website.

It’s easy to set-up – you don’t have to do anything extra to monitor the SSL of your website – just add the URL on any HTTP test with the https and then right away StatusCake will pull in the SSL information – and then every check will validate the configuration is perfect.

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