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New Integration: Mattermost

We’ve just added an integration with Mattermost which means you can now get all of your StatusCake alerts through to this application.

Mattermost is a deployable, cloud based, open source alternative to services like Slack, HipChat, and Pushover. The focus is on security and collaboration, with all of the usual essential team functionalities such as File Sharing, Custom integrations, threaded conversations and group messaging.

As well as integrating Mattermost with StatusCake to receive your StatusCake alerts, it also plugs in to a range of other services to enrich the data your team receives, including popular apps like GitHub and Jira.

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Mattermost is free for small teams, for larger teams and Enterprises a small cost is attached to each plan. Native apps are available for Android, iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux.

One feature that’s especially handy for larger global teams is the automatic translation within the Mattermost app, the following languages are supported by this functionality:

  • Deutsch – German
  • English
  • Español – Spanish
  • Français – French
  • Italiano – Italian
  • Nederlands – Dutch
  • Polski – Polish
  • Português (Brasil) – Portuguese
  • Pусский – Russian
  • Türkçe – Turkish
  • 한국어 – Korean
  • 中文 (简体) – Simplified Chinese
  • 中文 (繁體) – Traditional Chinese
  • 日本語 – Japanese

If you’d like to read a little more about the new integration please check out our Mattermost Setup Guide, and feel free to get in touch with the team if you have any questions for us!

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New Feature : Advanced Email Reporting

Today we have released our new reporting tool which can be used to send out automated email reports for Uptime, SSL, Domain and Virus type tests.

If you want to get stuck in right away, the new email reporting functions can be found within the User Details section of the StatusCake app. Here you can manage reports that you have created previously, and add new ones.

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All reports can be automated to go out at the time of your choice on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Each report can contain it’s own sub-set of email contacts making it easy to ensure that the right data is going to the right people.

With this new functionality it’s possible for the first time to create a report combining the details of your Uptime, Domain, SSL and Virus scan tests in the same report making it much easier to see trends over the different methods of testing.

Within the report the Uptime type tests will have data on the percentage of downtime experienced during the reported period, as well as average load time. For Domains and SSL you will be able to view any upcoming expiry dates that need your attention, and for the Virus Scan you will see a summary of any threats that have been detected since the last report.

For anyone who set up automated reports with our previous reporting function – rest assured that these reports will still be sent as normal, the settings for these can still be modified at any time within the User Details section of the app.

 

 

 

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Use Case: Using Maintenance Windows to Set Up Alert Schedules

For many of our users reacting to downtime data sent from a monitoring system such as StatusCake.com is a 24 hour job, and the process incorporates many staff who will have varying responsibilities, and sometimes work quite different hours.  This is particularly true of companies who run “follow-the-sun” with their global dev-ops teams picking up the baton from the last as their time zone starts its working day.

For this reason it can be very useful to have a method for splitting out which team alerts go to at different times.  Today we’ll take you through a method for using our Maintenance Windows feature in this way.

For example let’s first use a scenario where you have two separate teams:

  • Team A works a 12 hour shift from Midday until Midnight; and
  • Team B takes over from Midnight to Midday.

We want each team to only be alerted of downtime during their working hours.

To achieve this you would set-up two tests in StatusCake; each test would be identical to the other, for instance in relation to interval check rate, confirmation servers and so on, however there would be two differences.

  • Test 1 – The Contact Group would be set-up for Team A members and a Maintenance Window for Midnight to Midday set-up.
  • Test 2 – The Contact Group would be set-up for Team B members and a Maintenance Window for Midday until Midnight set-up.

This ensures that when the site goes down it will only alert the team on call.  You can of course add as many teams to this following the same set-up process – e.g. for three teams add a third test and set the Contact Group and Maintenance Window according.

Once you’ve everything up you will have an on call schedule as shown in the diagram below:

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We already have this use-case working for quite a few of our customers who don’t want to use additional third party integrations to handle alert scheduling.  If you have any questions about this use-case, or indeed have any great use-cases of your own that you’d like to share with us then please let us know.

 

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Feature Update: New Reporting Capabilities

Today we’ve introduced an overhaul of our reporting tool which will make it much easier to get the exact data you want sent out to the people who need to see it.

Previously it was only possible to send an automatic report for all uptime tests in your StatusCake account. A big change that’s been brought in by our update is that you can now select a specific group of tests to be reported on; this means that you’ll no longer need to worry about clients or staff seeing tests that aren’t relevant to them within the reports that are sent.

As you could now need to configure more than one report, a new tab  has been added within User Details section under “Email Reporting”

From here you can manage existing reports, and configure new ones:

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At current only uptime type tests are supported within these new reports, however we will be working to include other test types in the coming weeks, meaning that combined reports for test types will soon be a reality!

To get started with our new reporting right away simply visit our Reporting Section within User Details , and if there are any questions on the new functionalities just let us know!

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Monday Update: Customer Survey, Telegram Integration, Atlassian & Slack, Browser Extensions, and SSL

Our final Monday update of July and although many of our customers are heading off on summer vacation not only are we here monitoring your websites 24/7, but we’ve got some exciting new features and improvements happening over the holiday break.

StatusCake Customer Survey – July 2018

We sent out our customer survey at the tail end of last week.  If you’ve not seen the email in your in-box you can complete the survey here.  The customer survey is incredibly important to us as it enables us to understand how we are doing in key areas of the service, for instance in terms of our customer support and the product itself, but it’s also your opportunity to tell us how you think we can make improvements, and what direction we should take the product in.

Please do reply.  The feedback we’ve already had is invaluable – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and we do reply to every single survey response so don’t forget to leave your username or email address so that we can respond to you.  It also means that you’ll be entered into our prize draw to win one of two Amazon gift cards.

The survey will be closed at midnight on Friday 10th August so there’s still plenty of time to have your say.  We will be sharing all the results of the customer survey with you by the end of August, as well as setting out how we plan to implement some of the features and changes that have been driven by your feedback.

Atlassian & Slack Form Alliance, HipChat & Stride To Go &  New StatusCake Integration With Telegram

Last week saw a big announcement that Atlassian was selling two of its products HipChat and Stride to messaging behemoth Slack, as well as entering into a key strategic alliance with Slack and investing in the company.

Many will know Atlassian for its popular tools such as Jira, and Bitbucket as well as products such as Trello and StatusPage.io; the latter of which StatusCake has recently sought to challenge with its StatusPage.io alternative – StatusCake Pages.  Many of our existing customers have already made the transition from StatusPage.io as our very own StatusCake Pages not only integrates seamlessly with your StatusCake account but offers better value for money.

Although HipChat and Stride will be shut down by Atlassian there are many other integrations that our customers can use, including of course Slack itself and Microsoft teams.  We will also continue to look at new integrations, including Telegram that will be rolled out to our customers later this week.

Chrome Browser Extension

We’ve made some improvements to our StatusCake Alerts Chrome browser extension.  The Chrome extension is a great way of getting alerts on your uptime tests directly to your browser.  We’d love your feedback and thoughts on how to make this even more useful.  To add the extension to your browser just visit this page in the Chrome store.

 Google Chrome SSL changes

The popular Chrome browser from Google has in a recent update begun to mark all sites accessed via HTTP:// and not HTTPS:// as insecure.

This means that for any sites only serving over http exclusively, or missing a redirect to the https – users will be strongly dissuaded from browsing the site, and entering personal information.

If you want to check your StatusCake account right now for any offending URLs just follow the easy 2 step process below:

1 – First off use the filters in the main app dashboard to search for any URL’s that match “http://”

2 – Once that’s done simply scroll down the Status Codes for the tests, you are looking for any status code which does not begin with a 3, any that fit this criteria are likely to not have a redirect implemented, and should be checked out.

In response to these coming changes we recently implemented SSL access for both our Public Reporting and StatusCake Pages, so you won’t have to worry about users receiving any warnings when accessing these reports.