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Using the Content Match feature to detect website defacement

The Content Match feature has the potential to detect and protect against page defacement, as well as fulfilling a few other handy use-cases. Today we’re going to take you through a few of the most common uses of this feature to help you ensure you are getting the most out of it!

Website defacement is a major issue for webmasters world wide, it’s generally defined as one or more unauthorized changes to a web page, usually resultant of a malicious attack from an outside source. Types of defacement can range from things you’d notice right away – such as an entire page being replaced with a message from the attacker, but in other instances it can be something harder to spot, like a single link being changed to point to a different destination.

One example would be the modification of a link on the page that directs your users to a payment system – something that could have a big impact on the trust your users have for your website or service.

You might think that the size of the website affects the probability of it being hacked in this way, however the passage of time has shown us that both large and small companies are at risk, from the thousands of privately owned WordPress blogs that are defaced per year, to much bigger companies like Vogue, Lenovo and Reddit and many more who have had their fair share of such issues.

This might sound alarming! But fear not – StatusCake is here to help. You can use our Content Match feature to quickly detect the removal of desired content from your pages, making it easy to address this before your user base begins to notice. It’s as simple as configuring one or more critical strings that should be present at all times within your page source, our software does the rest and will alert you if there are any changes in what you have defined.

You’ll find the option you need to configure this under “String Match” in the settings for your StatusCake test, simply enter your data into this field to get going, you can read a little more about how this feature works here.


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New Feature : Audit Log

We are pleased to introduce our new Audit Log feature which will allow you to keep track of the last 7 days of activity within the StatusCake app, nearly every action that can be performed will be logged, from test creation and deletion to the modification of account details like username and VAT number. In the logs you are able to see the source IP for the user who made the change, and their account email address where sub-accounts are in use.



The feature is available on our Business plan upwards, and you can access it at any time from the User Details section. For more details and a list of which actions will generate logs, please check out our Knowledgebase Article.


Community Plan Improvements & SMS Cost Reduction

StatusCake has always valued it’s community user base; It’s always been our view that if we can support companies at their earliest stages then down the line when they need more advanced monitoring then they know and understand our feature rich product; While other website monitoring platforms are doing more and more to restrict what their free users get, we’ve been looking at what more we can provide and with that in mind have made some improvements to the community plan.

Our community plan users now have access to 1 page speed test (set to run daily). Page Speed allows you to understand how your site loads beyond just the single files. With Page Speed all content including Javascript, Images and other external resources are loaded, analysed and their speed presented to you in an actionable way. We understand that you might have the best server with the best backend in the world, but if you’re using external resources such as Advertising networks, analytics or content CDN’s then they can impact your site and more importantly – your reputation and StatusCake at its core is about protecting your reputation online.

If you need more page speed monitoring tests then they are included in all our paid plans with check rates up to every 5 minutes and a wide spread of geographic locations – giving you the power to understand your sites performance not just locally but globally.

We’ve also used this opportunity to make some improvements to the page speed interface and performance. We’ve also added an often requested feature of being able to print the waterfall charts it produces.

But it’s not just free users who are benefiting from these changes – continuing to ensure we offer the best deal for our customers we’ve also been looking at SMS credits and have reduced the prices across the board. You’ll be getting more credits for the same money than you did last week. Got a superior plan? We’ve upped the included monthly credits from 25 all the way up to 75.

We’re constantly working on improving StatusCake and as always a huge thanks to all of you that use it. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks!

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Featured Integration: Discord

Today we’d like to take you through one of our newest additions to our integrations for receiving StatusCake alerts. Whilst being a relatively new service, Discord has already made a big impact and already has a user-base of over 90 million individuals world wide.

There are some big advantages to using discord as your alerting platform with StatusCake. First of all it’s very easy to set up the server that will receive the messages in comparison to similar services, it’s a task that can be easily achieved by the most basic users in a very short period of time. What’s more it’s even easier to set up this integration on our end, all you will need is your “Discord Webhook URL”

Discord is also available across all mobile and desktop platforms, so you can get alerts to your phone and computer no matter which brands or operating systems you go with. As well as that there’s a functional browser version of the app for when you need quick access from an unfamiliar device. There’s support for multiple staff members and the separation/distribution of alerts into different channels within your discord room too – giving you the power to configure this to fit your needs precisely.


All this is available for free after a simple sign up over at , once you are done you just need to pop over to our integrations page to start getting the alerts into your own Discord room.

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Updates to Page Speed

Over the past few weeks we’ve been looking at feature requests on our Page Speed monitoring feature, and today we’ve released the next phase which introduces a wide range of improvement and new functionality.

Tracking Options

One of the most frequent requests we’ve had is the giving our customers the ability to ensure that Page Speed testing does not affect users’ analytics stats.

To address this we’ve added both the ability to not load code from common trackers like Google analytics by default, and also a function which will include a DNT (Do not Track) header with all outgoing requests, meaning users will no longer need to add custom filters within their analytics accounts in order to exclude this traffic.

Data Connection Simulation/Throttling

Another big request was that users would like to be able to define the connection type that’s used for the Page Speed monitoring. We now allow you to select one of the following options in-app for your Page Speed tests, and the normal speeds are still available as the default option:

  • 4G
  • 3G FAST (AKA 3.5G)
  • 3G SLOW
  • EDGE(AKA 2G)
  • GPRS

Custom Viewport Sizes

Next we’ve added the ability to set the screen resolution and view type for the Page Speed test, this allows you to simulate tests from different devices/screen sizes. Both desktop and mobile variants are offered, and you can see the current options below:

Custom User Agent

You can now set a custom user agent which can be useful for accessing pages with certain restrictions, and also if for any other reason you’d prefer not to use our default user agent: StatusCake_Pagespeed_Indev

Custom Headers

Our final update to the Page Speed monitoring feature is the ability to send custom headers with the test, again this will enable testing on sites where this was not previously possible. You can add as many headers as you like to be sent with the test, one per line.


If you’d like to learn more about Page Speed testing check out our Knowledgebase here.