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:
- “alert if down for x minutes” (where x is usually 10+) (check this feature)
to make sure that they are notified of longer/important downtimes in case there is no data connectivity.
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.
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.
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” :).
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.
HTTPs is becoming the “default” for any website whether it is a blog, portal, e-commerce or corporate one.
However, a website with an SSL certificate requires an extra layer of monitoring, “making sure the SSL works as expected”, as a certificate:
- can expire
- can produce errors (host mismatch, use insecure protocols like SSLv3..).
Introducing SSL monitoring
The Pro Plan now monitors such cases and lets you know:
- when the SSL certificate has errors including:
- host mis-match
- forcing insecure protocol (like SSLv2 or SSLv3)
- and when the SSL certificate is getting close to expiry date (when 30, 15, 7 and 1 day is left) so that you can renew it in advance.
Note: “mixed-content SSL warnings and revoked certificates” are currently not supported.
The feature is available by default for all HTTP and keyword monitors whose URLs start with “https”.
Customizing its usage
It is possible to:
- disable SSL monitoring and/or “ignore SSL errors” for selected monitors from the “Add/Edit Monitor dialogs”. This is handy if the website uses a self-signed certificate.
- choose which alert contacts will get “SSL expiry notifications” from the “My Settings>Alert Contacts>Add/Edit Alert Contact dialogs”.
- By default, all alert contact types except “SMS, mobile Push, Pushbullet, Boxcar and Pushover” are enabled considering they are non-intrusive.
Important info: The feature will become active by 20 September 2017 to make sure any customization can be performed in advance.
Excited to have this feature being available and hope that it helps for a better uptime :).
Update (24 Oct 2017)
Thanks to all the feedback received, we have applied a set of updates to make sure that this feature is easy-to-use and functional for everyone:
- a certificate being self-signed is no more a reason for it to be detected as “down”
- monitors with IP-based URLs (like https://220.127.116.11) are not checked for SSL errors
- expiration notifications for certificates by Let’s Encrypt and Cloudflare are only triggered if 3 days or less are left for expiry as these certificates are mostly auto-renewed close to the expiry date.
- ssl settings for all monitors can be changed in bulk using the bulk actions dialog (can be found just under the “Add Monitor button”).
Cloudflare is an impressive service/platform for securing and speeding-up websites.
If you use Cloudflare and have a “status page with a custom-domain” in Uptime Robot, “there may be a small configuration needed” to make sure things work smooth.
Who needs the custom configuration?
If the 3 items below match your case, then the custom config is needed:
- Use Cloudflare as your domain’s DNS provider
- Have a status page with custom domain in Uptime Robot
- Have the “Crypto” setting as “Flexible” in Cloudflare
How to make the custom config?
That is so easy:
- Login to your Cloudflare account
- Click the domain of your status page
- Click “Page Rules>Create Page Rule”
- Enter *MyStatusPageCustomDomain* (like *status.mydomain.com*) into “If the URL matches” field
- Click “Add Setting>SSL>Full”
- Click “Save and Deploy”
- That’s it.
And, here is a screenshot of the setting:
For HTTP monitors, Uptime Robot considers them as up or down according to the HTTP statuses returned (or if “no response returns at all”).
If the HTTP status returned is:
- between 200 and 399, it is considered as “up”
- bigger than 399, is considered as “down”
- with an exception:
- equals 401 and no authentication info is defined, it is considered as up
- equals 401 and authentication info is defined, it is considered as down
It is now possible to customize which HTTP statuses are considered as up or down.
This is pretty handy if you plan to monitor a web page which returns HTTP 404 and want it to be detected as “up”, prefer to ignore several erroneous HTTP statuses and more.
The feature is available in the Pro Plan and can be reached from the “Add/Edit Monitor dialogs of HTTP monitors>Advanced Settings>Custom HTTP Statuses tab”.
Uptime Robot, by default, sends all HTTP requests with pre-defined HTTP headers.
Now, it is possible to customize this totally with the “Custom HTTP Headers” feature that can be found in the Pro Plan’s “Add/Edit Monitor Dialog>Advanced>Custom Headers” option.
Sample use cases:
- For monitoring the mobile version of a web page, we can use a mobile “User-Agent” header to force the site to serve the mobile content.
- The site may be requiring/expecting various authorization HTTP Headers
- We may want to white-label the requests and change the User-Agent to a custom one
Hope it helps for a better monitoring :).
Getting notifications of downtime/uptime via Slack or HipChat is widely used.
Yet, until now, it was only possible to “target” rooms and not users.
There is now a “custom text” feature in the “Add/Edit Alert Contact” dialogs for HipChat and Slack where the text mentioned there will be sent with each notification.
As an example, we can now use custom text like:
- @everyone for Slack to notify everyone
- @SlackUserID for Slack to notify a specific user
- @here in HipChat to notify all users in the room
- @all in HipChat to notify everyone in the room
- @HipChatUsername to notify a specific user
Hope this helps for a better experience :).
Public Status Pages, a feature to easily share the statuses of the monitors with others, was introduced few months ago.
The standard status page URLs (like https://stats.uptimerobot.com/xyz) were HTTPs-enabled since day one.
However, the ones behind a custom domain (like http://status.mywebsite.com) were not as it was a little more tricky to get a SSL certificate for all the custom domains.
Good news, custom domains are now HTTPs enabled too (thanks to the free + automated CA: Let’s Encrypt).
And, all status pages are actually HTTPs-only from now on.
Important note for CloudFlare users:
As the status pages are now HTTPs-only, the “flexible SSL feature of CloudFlare” will end up in an infinite redirect. There are 2 options to make it work:
- disabling the “cloud feature” for the CNAME
- or, using Full or Strict SSL feature
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