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Publishing manual updates on your public status page

Today we published new version of AppBeat with following changes:

  • you can now disable outage notifications for built-in Admin contact by double-clicking it (Contacts / Users)
  • paid users can now select continents for preferred test location: Asia, North America, Europe (Account / Check settings)
  • browser tries to remember collapse state of "Individual check statuses" in "Live status" view
  • added "Public status / Status Updates" - you can now add manual status updates for your visitors
  • "Delay alerts" is temporary disabled and removed from user interface. It will be again available in future versions.
  • update other minor improvements

If you experience issues with your online application, you can now publish manual status updates for your users. To publish new status update select "Public status / Status Updates" from AppBeat menu and then click "Add new entry" button. Following dialog will open:

If your public status page is publicly enabled you can preview your newest status by selecting "Public status / Dashboard" and then clicking "Show public preview" link in top right corner. You will see something like this:

This feature is also available in our Free plan. If you are not yet AppBeat member you can sign up now. Registration is very quick and it is free (no credit card required).

In future versions we have plans to enable custom domains for AppBeat public status pages. Stay tuned...

API access for our uptime monitor

Today we published AppBeat 1.3.6 with following features:

  • "Account / API Access" - possible to call first AppBeat REST method which returns status overview of your system. This allows you to create your own simple client. We will add more useful methods in future.
  • security improvement: same application session can not be used from multiple IP addresses
  • we are now displaying question dialog when new web client is available (you can also postpone version upgrade) --> this will be visible first time when next version arrives
  • back-end upgraded to .NET Core 1.0 RTM
  • other minor improvements

API access is currently simple (just one method), but now we have solid infrastructure on which we can build. Next we will try to add REST method for measuring page speed from different locations. Website speed will be measured on remote browser and will also download all page resources (CSS, scripts, images, ...).

.NET Core 1.0 was officially released yesterday at Red Hat DevNation. Few hours later we already had our entire web backend migrated to RTM version. Because all internal tests were positive, we decided to push it to our production environment - less than 24 hours since official announcement :) This is what we call agile development :)

If your current version does not update to 1.3.6, simply press CTRL+F5 in your web browser. This should reload your page and replace cached version with new one.

Dynamic webhooks for integration with any notification provider (and more)

Today we published AppBeat 1.3.5 with following features:

  • added context menus for services, checks and contacts for more clean user interface
  • when you right click on check in "Service & Checks / Checks", there is new "Failure/success notes..." option. This allows you to include additional instructions for your support staff for each check and is included in sent notifications.
  • "Account / Personalization" - possible to customize notification subject and short message (SMS) template
  • "Account / Integrations" - added dynamic webhook provider which supports request customization - can be used with any notification provider that supports JSON payload
  • check name is now included by default in notification subject and short message
  • "Account / Security" - current password must be entered before changing to new password
  • other minor improvements

Context menu support:

When user clicks on check with right button, context menu is shown

Failure/success check notes:

Notification templates:

Dynamic JSON webhooks: