Yearly Archives: 2018

Google had announced that Chrome would begin distrusting certificates issued by Symantec Corporation’s PKI and the decision is followed by other major browsers.

These are the certificates by Thawte, VeriSign, Equifax, GeoTrust, and RapidSSL that are issued before 1st of December 2017.

And, as the distrust is in effect and visitors are displayed an error on these websites (like ERR_CERT_SYMANTEC_LEGACY), Uptime Robot’s SSL monitoring feature now also considers these errors as a reason for downtime.

Such downtimes are displayed as “Distrusted Certificate” in the dashboard and the feature is live in the Pro Plan.

Uptime Robot sends HEAD requests for HTTP monitors and GET request for keyword monitors by default (and, this is a good default setting for most monitors).

On the other hand, there are cases when a customization may be needed, like:

  • Checking if a form in the website works as expected
  • Monitoring your APIs which expect specific methods (a perfect match together with the custom HTTP headers feature).

So, here comes the HTTP method selection which enables us to choose the method, send the parameters to be sent (if needed) and also decide if the data will be sent as JSON or not.

Custom HTTP Methods

The feature can be reached from Add/Edit Monitor dialogs>Advanced Settings>HTTP Method and also through the API.

P.S.> HTTP method selection is a Pro-Plan only feature.

There is never “too much” when it comes to the ways of getting notified about an emergency. And, in some cases, this emergency can be a website or server going down.

Today, voice call notification is added to Uptime Robot and it can be very helpful when we want to make sure that a notification is heard :).

How to add voice call alert contacts?

They are added just like other alert contacts with the steps:

  • My Settings>Alert Contacts>New>Voice Call
  • Once the number is added, an automated call will reach instantly to deliver an activation code.
  • Click the lock icon besides this newly created alert contact and enter the activation code received in the automated call.
  • And, attach this alert contact to the monitors of your choice from the add/edit monitor dialogs.

Suggested use

No one prefers to get disturbed and there are ways to make sure the voice calls are received only when there is an important downtime.

Uptime Robot has an advanced notifications feature (in the Pro Plan) to get notified only when the downtime is longer than x minutes and using this feature together with the voice calls will be a smart choice.

Additionally, it may only be the “voice calls for the down notifications” that we prefer to get. A very recently introduced feature also enables that too.

The pricing

The feature is priced just the same as SMS messages (and a call is considered successful only when the call is answered).

P.S.> As a reminder, it is now possible to get 2x SMS or voice calls for the same price (more details).

Uptime Robot sends notifications for down and up notifications by default for each alert contact type.

However, there can be cases where you may only need the down or up notifications like:

  • minimizing the SMS use
  • handling only the up or down events via web-hooks
  • getting only the SSL expiry notifications but ignoring up/down events

There is now an option inside the new/edit alert contact dialog where we can choose to disable down or up notifications for a given alert contact.

Simple..but it can be powerful :).

Uptime Robot supports multiple methods to get notified about downtimes on mobile (SMS, push notifications via the mobile app, Pushbullet, Pushover or Boxcar).

And, SMS is one of the most reliable notification methods specially when no data plan exists.

Also, many users prefer to configure their SMS alert contacts as:

to make sure that they are notified of longer/important downtimes in case there is no data connectivity.

Pricing update

And, the users can now add 2x more SMS messages for the same price and here are the updated prices:

  • 100 SMS – $15
  • 200 SMS – $25
  • 500 SMS – $55
  • 1000 SMS – $100

Also, the SMS messages included in each Pro Plan is doubled as well.

We’ll also be introducing few new features (very soon) to make sure you can use the SMS messages more effectively. Yay!

Getting the notifications inside the team communication app you use can make things easy as this may be where you’ll be discussing how to make that website/server back online.

Microsoft Teams

Besides the Slack integration, Uptime Robot now has support for Microsoft Teams too.

It simply works by creating an incoming webhook URL at the Teams app and creating a new alert contact at Uptime Robot (My Settings>Alert Contacts>New) using this webhook URL.

After that, just attach this alert contact to the monitors of your choice and the notifications will be delivered to the preferred team.

In case you haven’t seen or used it, there is a “Bulk Actions link” just under the “Add Monitor button” in the left sidebar.

It simply opens the “Bulk Actions dialog” and presents a set of actions that can be applied to monitors in bulk.

Bulk Actions

 

This feature is now more powerful with few important additions including:

  • support for maintenance windows
  • support for SSL settings
  • applying the actions only to selected monitors (besides all monitors)
  • choosing to overwrite or apply by preserving the previous settings

Hope that they will help and we are already working on the expected addition.. which is “bulk importing monitors” :).

Telegram LogoUptime Robot offers multiple ways to get notified of downtime. And, here comes another exciting one.

Thanks to its bot framework and API support, it is now possible to get down/up/SSL notifications via Telegram messaging app.

 

 

The usage is pretty simple:

  • go to My Settings>Alert Contacts>New>Telegram
  • create the alert contact
  • click the unique Telegram link created
  • press /start button displayed in the Telegram dialog
  • and, you are all set, just attach this alert contact to the monitors of your choice via add/edit monitor dialogs.

Hope that this new feature helps for better notifications.