Towards the Internet a Better Place

Here’s what’s been keeping us busy:

August 2, 2015

  • Updated monitoring nodes: istanbul-1, dallas-2 removed, istanbul-2, dallas-3 added, and atlanta-1 changed IP address.
  • Replaced 500 Internal Server Error with 404 Page Not Found when users tried to access an inexistent monitor.

July 26, 2015

  • Updated SSL certificates for * with brand new ones.
  • Fixed: SSL / Domain expiration hours count was wrong.
  • Fixed: Automatic timezone selection was throwing an error if user wasn’t logged in.
  • Fixed: iOS Push notifications failed sometimes breaking the following alerts for that specific outage.
  • Admin: Users are not redirected to the “Select a plan” page if billing failed on first attempt.

July 19, 2015

  • Removed unsubscribe links from SSL expiration / domain expiration alerts.
  • Updated the iOS app

July 12, 2015

  • Added unsubscribe links to welcome emails.
  • Updated the custom locations with continental area for a better reliability

June 7, 2015

  • Sent the first newsletter with tips, interesting articles and more, looking like this.
  • Created a dedicated signup page
  • Stored referrer URL when a user signed up
  • Updated our Android app’s rating in the Play Store
  • Infrastructure: SMTP monitoring wasn’t working from tokyo-1, paris-2 and saopaolo-1. Fixed it.

June 15, 2014 – June 6, 2015

  • A disturbance in the time-space continuum caused a hole between June 2014 and June 2015. But don’t worry, we’re all good!

June 14, 2014

  • We’ve buried ourselves in our labs to come up with our latest awesomeness: Monitive Heimdall. In one word: new. New presentation website, new concepts, new online magazine, everything is new. From now on, you’ll be hearing about lots of new stuff from Monitive.

January 20, 2014

  • Turned a new page in Monitive’s roadmap, wish a fresh vision and an agile mindset. Lots of goodies have their roots today and we’ll be happy to roll them out as soon as they’re available.

January 10, 2014

  • Custom check locations: From now on, you can select where do you want your services checked from.

September 15, 2013

  • Monitive is all about knowledge. Because the whole purpose of monitoring is to improve the subject being monitored. In this case, service uptime. And because the ultimate outcome of any monitoring is a report, we’ve rebuilt the whole reporting system from the ground up. We’ve made it flexible, we’ve made it complete and concise. Just the facts. If you noticed the new Reports menu, you might already be familiar with the new reports.

August 15, 2013

  • The Monitive mobile app. It’s that moment when you get a disturbing notification that your site is down, when you wish you could check what really happened today with your site. But you’re in a bus. Or at some friends. Or drinking a beer with your father-in-law, and you can’t quite enjoy it until you figured it out

June 14, 2013

  • Custom alerts via our HTTP POST alert API: Monitive allows you to add HTTP POST contacts that are automatically called whenever an outage occurs. Along with the usual SMS / email / Twitter DM or not.

April 5, 2013

  • Revamped the whole latency information:
    • Hourly breakdown – select an interval of 7 days maximum and get an hourly chart to easily spot problems or weird patterns.
    • TCP state breakdown – see check state timing information, such as DNS resolve time, time to first byte, or how much does it take the email server to answer the EHLO command.
    • Country breakdown – it’s down-straight normal to get different response times from different locations around the world. Now Monitive shows you how your service responds from different countries.

March 17, 2013

  • Reliability being our main focus, we contracted a new SMS sender called AMD Telecom. These guys take SMS delivery serious and even got offended when I asked if they take deliverability seriously. AMD Telecom connects and offers business intelligence to the Mobile Network Operators and large enterprises worldwide. Very proffessional people, great service, so now all SMS alerts are being dispatched by AMD Telecom.
  • Extra information in the SMS and Twitter alert: From now on, you get the date and time when the site/service when down and the reason why we called it down.

December 24, 2012

  • SSL Certificate Expiration Monitoring: For all the HTTPS sites you’re monitoring for uptime, we’re also checking for certificate expiration. Because there’s no worst news for a customer or visitor than to get the scary “Connection Untrusted” message when accessing your services.
  • Multiple users per account, with custom priviledges. Starting today, you can add as many users you’d like to your account, with read-only access or read-write to specific monitors that you choose.

November 19, 2012

  • We’ve integrated Monitive with PagerDuty. PagerDuty is a service that handles all the alerting and escalation service that “alerts the right person, every time”. In just a few words, PagerDuty provides SaaS IT on-call schedule management, alerting and incident tracking.

November 14, 2012

  • Email alerts and other email messages are now sent via our friends at SendGrid. We’ve studied what big companies use to get their mail delivered and SendGrid was popping out all over the place. So we gave it a try. Their features are great, their pricing affordable, and implementation was really easy. Plus, they have this neat feature where we can specify a category for each email sent, and then compare them as to which are sent more often, which get delivered, which get opened more often etc. And their stats and charts are just lovely.

October 16, 2012

  • Monitive now checks the domains of the services that you’re actively monitoring, every day, and we’ll let you know with 3 days before your domain expire. You can also check at any time how many days do your domains have before expiring. Of course, this only applies to domains that do expire, such as .com, .net, .org and such. It doesn’t matter if you’re monitoring a mail server or a MySQL server, if it’s a hostname, we’ll check for the expiration date.

October 10, 2012

  • Our uptime monitoring service got lots and lots of new features, covering almost all of our customers needs. These featured needed to be displayed in some organized fashion, with a short description and link to details. We’ve split the features into Detect features and Report features. Read more…

September 28, 2012

  • We are excited to announce our participation in the launch of the Geckoboard Widget Editor, part of the Geckoboard Developer Platform. Geckoboard creates software that make it easy for businesses to see all of their key metrics on elegant, real-time, business dashboards.

September 27, 2012

  • A healthy site is a happy site. This is why monitive now includes malware monitoring for all websites monitored, with no extra costs and no extra checkboxes to tick. As any form on a website is a way in for the online evil, we’re checking all the monitored websites for malware and instantly letting their owners know that some slimy thing got it’s way in.

August 24, 2012

  • Basic HTTP Auth: Monitive allows you to monitor web application behind authenticated sections. The most simple authentication is the Basic HTTP Auth, supported by the HTTP protocol.

August 22, 2012

  • Payments are now handled by PayProGlobal, a widely known Canadian company that deals with service and product payments for companies all around the world.
  • Also, a good news is that recurring payments with PayPal are now available. You can safely pay with PayPal, and automatically get the invoice for your payment from PayPro. All customers that have recurring payments via 2Checkout, will continue to get billed by 2Checkout payment processor, so there’s no action to be taken either way.

April 6, 2012

  • Brand new dashboard: now you can see, in one look, all the important aspects of your monitored services, including
    status, availability (uptime) and a small sparkline chart with the evolution, latency with a small chart, the last
    check, last outage, total outges in the last 30 days and total downtime in the last 30 days. The dashboard information
    loads in a few seconds since it fetches real live information from our data storage.
  • We’ve removed the reports history that you’re allready getting every week in the mail.
  • We’ve simplified the header, removed the “Data is X minutes old” since now the data is always fresh.
  • You can see diagnosis for the last incidents right from your dashboard, and the last incidents is now listing
    the incidents from the last 30 days.
  • Service information page has also been reworked. All of the important information is already listed
    upfront so you can easily spot how is your service doing, and we’ve compacted the charts and last checks / incidents so you
    can get a greater look faster and easyer.
  • Service settings, such as how fast do you want us to let you know about problems is now displayed right below the main
    bar that displays service status.
  • Service name can now be twice as long (50 caracters).
  • Removed the “Done” button from the custom date range pickers as it wasn’t working properly on all browsers and it was
    redundant. After selecting your time range, click Apply above.
  • In the Checks tab and last cecks in the service current status tab, we’ve replaced UP and DOWN check results with
    OK and ERROR, so that it doesn’t create confusion regarding outages and alerts.

March 31, 2012

  • Available SMS alerts are now displayed on the Dashboard page and in the Account section.
  • Implemented failover SMS gateway system to deliver SMS alerts when the main service fails.
  • Delivery reports are now available for SMS. Check out the Incidents tab or Alerts history, you
    will see a new column that displays the current delivery status for each SMS send, starting today.

March 13, 2012

  • Widgets for your website are now available. Display the high uptime to your visitors, or help
    spread the word by adding a badge to your portal / website. Every alert has the Widgets & Tools tab
    on which you can choose the widget to display.
  • The checks tab has been updated with pagination, so you can see all 1440 checks that can be
    executed during a day at 1 minute checking interval.

March 4, 2012

Added Paris FR and Amsterdam NL to our monitoring network.

March 3, 2012

  • Uptime calculation for current month and current year has been updated: we’re now using the second approach detailed in our blog post.

    This means that for the current month and year, we calculate uptime by dividing the total minutes already passed to the minutes while the service was up.

February 23, 2012

  • See all the checks that we’ve made in the last 7 days. Check out the new “Checks” tab on every monitred service.
    Just select the date range and see how things went. Very useful for debugging issues with
    the service, and also to see if the service outage contained various errors.

February 17, 2012

  • Select your custom timeout for your alerts to get notified when your website is slower than your selected
    value. Edit your HTTP alert, open the Advanced / custom settings section and select a custom
    timeout value.

February 3, 2012

  • Auto-reload feature for dashboard and service view: now, if you want, when you’re on your dashboard or your
    monitored service page, you’ll have a Auto reload link in your right-side header bar.
    Click it and the page will automatically reload every minute.

January 12, 2012

  • Checking for a keyword on a page is now available for HTTP checks. Useful for when you want to be sure
    there’s a certain something on your page on each check.

January 10, 2012

  • Incidents archive page (tab) available now for every service, containing the incidents list for any month in the last two years.
  • Alerts history is also displayed along with the incidents for a specific month, for every monitored service. One drawback is that the alerts displayed there are only the ones send starting January 10th 2012.
  • The Account option in the header menu is now a drop-down, where we’ve added new option ‘Alerts History’. This page displays all the alerts that we’ve sent you, ever, even before January 10th 2012. Now you can easily checkout what you’ve missed.

January 9, 2012

  • Launched latency reports (as public beta), showing the response time charts for any timeframe. Now you can really see how responsive was your service over time.

January 8, 2012

  • Launched uptime reports (as public beta). Here you have the uptime history since ever, the monthly uptime, the yearly uptime, timetable, charts and more.

December 22, 2011

  • When adding/updating a HTTP monitor, from now on you don’t have to add the
    http:// before the URL. So if you were to check, you’d only need to type in the URL box.

December 10, 2011

  • New “High-resolution alerting” option launched. From now on you can setup an service to send you the UP alert
    only if it has been up for at least 30 minutes. Read more in our announcement.

November 14, 2011

  • URL callback as an alert: from now on, you can setup a URL that we’ll automatically HTTP POST to when
    your service goes down, or back up.

November 8, 2011

  • Monitive API is now available on request. Get all the monitored service info and stats via our simple API.

October 16, 2011

  • SMTP and POP3 checking is now up and available for all paid plans.
  • Launched DNS checking for monitoring DNS servers.

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