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Preview version of transaction website monitoring (feedback needed)

Today we published first public preview version of transaction monitoring and it is available from "Automated Web Testing" module. Similar feature is also offered by Ghost Inspector and Pingdom.

Please note that this AppBeat functionality is not yet complete (you can't currently save tests or schedule periodic monitoring). If you don't have AppBeat account you can sign up here for free.

Main goal of this preview is to present you our Test Editor, where you can write your own testing scripts. We would like to make sure that current version of script works with majority of websites. If you find any issue or think script is not working as it should, please contact us.

When you go to test editor there should be example script, which tries to login to our web app without password and checks if correct error is displayed:

open 'https://my.appbeat.io/manage'
assign '#loginUsername' 'FOO'
click '#btnLogin'
--ensure that "Password is required to login" error is displayed, otherwise fail test
element '#loginError' text contains 'Password is required to login'

Before writing your own script, please delete our example script (select entire text in editor and press "Delete" key on your keyboard). Please note that script begins with "open" command and only one "open" command is allowed per script.

If you would like to open (test) multiple pages you would have to write separate scripts (tests) for each page, each containing its own "open" command.

This kind of synthetic monitoring allows you to simulate user behaviour on your website by running user actions (open URL, assign text, click element, ...) and allows you more deep insight into your web application. With this kind of tests you can detect problems which are hard to detect with standard website checks.

If you have questions please let us know. We can also help you write your test script if you have issues.

Website monitoring now with preferred test location

We have successfully completed deployment of AppBeat 1.1

Our paid users should now have option to select preferred test location (Account / Check settings), where free users have only "Random location" option. Similar functionality is also provided by Pingdom and StatusCake.

Everyone can also fine-tune "Number of confirmation checks" option which defines behaviour when your check does not return positive result. By default we try to confirm failure by two additional confirmation checks from different geographic locations and networks. This minimizes number of false positive alerts.

If you monitor non-critical system, you can delay alerts by up to five minutes. If system is failing for entire delay period then alert will be issued at the end of that period (for example after five minutes since failure started).

In Account / Personalization you can now also set date and time format which are used on web user interface and in notifications (SMS, email).

We are now actively working on AppBeat 1.2 which will allow you functional website testing (also known as synthetic or transaction monitoring). For example, you will be able to test search process on your website, user login, adding items to shopping cart, etc.

If you have any comment you can always send us your feedback.

New website monitoring features (coming soon)

Hello AppBeat users.

Most of our users are currently very happy with our service which gives us a lot of confidence that we are building right tool for you. Thank you for this!

We just wanted to notify you that we are currently finalizing work on new AppBeat version (1.1) which will bring new cool features. We will give you more control about core AppBeat behaviour and we will add more personalization options (we won't say much more at this point, stay tuned for version 1.1 :)

After we publish version 1.1, we already have new very useful feature planned for version 1.2 (it should also stay secret for now).

If you have your own ideas which should be implemented in AppBeat please submit them to our idea pool. Most voted ideas are probably going to be implemented in one of future versions.

AppBeat improvements

Our monitoring platform now supports microservices architecture which allows us to deploy AppBeat monitoring agents to any geographic location.

Currently we support following locations:

  • Southeast Asia
  • East Asia
  • Japan
  • North Europe
  • Central US
  • East US

Every outage that we now detect must be confirmed by three different locations. Soon we will allow paid users to choose their prefered monitoring location (to have more consistent response time).

AppBeat Wish List - how would you improve our monitoring solution?

What would you like to see in future versions of our monitoring app?

We have created draft of initial ideas. We would like to encourage you to vote for your favorite feature or publish your own request.

Currently we have following ideas:

  • AppBeat monitoring API
    • For example, custom clients can be made.
  • Realtime user monitoring reports
    • Put AppBeat JavaScript snippet on your page and monitor real time user performance.
  • Mobile apps
    • Create mobile apps for Android, Windows Phone for easy management.
  • Exporting reports
    • Excel, CSV, ...
  • Smart agents
    • Monitor CPU and disk usage, ...
  • Improved public status pages
    • For example public status widget integrated directly to website.
  • Support for web hooks
    • When check changes status call user defined URL and pass task details (task name, status, time)
  • More notification channels
    • Currently there is support for email and SMS. Add support for push notifications, publishing twitter status, ...
  • Vulnerability report
    • Create periodic vulnerability report for websites.
  • Periodic full page speed testing
    • Download entire page with all resources (images, scripts, ...). Monitor download time and performance grade.
  • Audio alarm on failure
    • If error occurs in "Live status" view play alarm in web browser.
  • Scheduled and triggered tasks
    • Extend AppBeat monitoring platform with possibility to run scheduled / triggered web tasks (similar to Zapier or IFTTT)

These are initial ideas that we received from some of our users. You are welcome to vote and submit your own ideas on http://appbeat.idea.informer.com.

AppBeat Website Speed Test (Beta)

We have published first beta version of our Website Speed Test. This tool allows you to open any website on remote web browser where it is analysed for performance. At the end you get summary report for selected geographic location.

Currently we support three remote locations:

  • New York (US East)
  • South Korea (Asia Pacific)
  • Slovenia (Central Europe)

This tool can give you insight how your page behaves for visitors from different regions. Please tell us what you think about our first beta version. You can also suggest which new regions would you like to see in future versions.

Later we also plan to add support for automated website speed testing via our AppBeat Monitoring application and REST API.

Coming very soon: Website Speed Test

We are currently doing final internal review of our API for synthetic website speed testing!

var harResponse = AppBeat.PageSpeed.API.RunTest(test.PublicId, test.Url, test.Location);

We have build entire infrastructure for this from grounds up in record time. We will provide multiple test locations and simple page for everyone to use.

Later we will provide special REST API for website speed testing and we will also integrate this functionality into AppBeat monitoring as free bonus.

Stay tuned :)

Tips & Tricks: bulk importing your website monitors

Few customers who previously used competitive solution asked us if we can help them migrate their web site monitors to AppBeat. We helped them of course and in this process we also created internal tool which speeds up this migration.

If you have too many websites to import them manually, please just contact us and we will gladly assist you. Why bother with manual work if we can do it automatically!