Status Reports Update

At NodePing, our emphasis has always been on solid reliability, and building the monitoring system that we would want to use. That means it does what it should, cost effectively, consistently and without fuss, and provides the variety of monitoring people need. We’ve never been the prettiest. We think we’re one of the best.

But even we agree that attractive status reporting is important. So we’re releasing a significant update to our status reporting that allows our customers to have both public and private status reporting that is rich, dynamic, informative, and detailed, all while hopefully being nice to look at.

All of the plan levels at NodePing have supported multiple public status reports for a long time. In addition to being prettier, the new report adds a ton of customization options that allow you to use the status reporting in a way that fits your particular need. That includes turning on and off each category of information that the report supports and customizing how it all looks.

Status ReportEvery check on NodePing now also has an individual check status page, which you can make public or keep private (the default). Private reports mean that people need a login to your account on NodePing to access the report. Of course, you can have unlimited logins for your account, and give users logins to subaccounts, which makes this really flexible as well.

The enhanced status reporting can show check properties, uptime, results (charted and listings of individual results), events, and custom notes. Each category of information can be shown or removed from the report, and all of them have options you can configure. All of that is designed to hopefully work the way you need it to, for your specific use case.

The new reporting is described more fully in our documentation, and all of the switches, toggles, and labels are described in help text in the settings panels of the reports. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

If you don’t have a NodePing account yet, now’s a good time to take advantage of our 15-day, free trial. Once you sign up and have some monitoring checks set up, go to Account Settings, then Reporting to add your first Status Report.

NodePing badges from Shields.io

Shields.io recently released an update that adds NodePing badges to their service. We’re grateful and honored to be included and wanted to drop a few instructions on how you can configure your customized badges for your NodePing checks from shields.io.

Example badges:

NodePing status badge

Status badge (up/down)

NodePing uptime badge

Uptime badge

 

For the badge to work, you need to make sure your NodePing check has public reporting enabled. Once enabled, you’ll need the UUID (unique ID) of the check.  To find the UUID, open one of NodePing’s reports.  The UUID is shown in the URL.

Example public results report URL:
https://nodeping.com/reports/results/rrwb28un-c0kl-4d7h-8n2u-xcosuprs2439/100

The “rrwb28un-c0kl-4d7h-8n2u-xcosuprs2439” part is the unique random id part.  Yours will be the same length, but different from mine.

Now that you’ve got your check UUID, head over to the shields.io site and click on your choice of badge type:  “NodePing status (customized)” or “NodePing uptime” to open the shields.io badge customizer modal.

You can set all kinds of customizations like:

  • up message e.g. Online
  • up color e.g. green
  • down message e.g. Offline
  • down color e.g. lightgrey 
  • style (lots to choose from)
  • label shown
  • background color for the label

Click on the ‘Copy badge URL’ button to get the URL into your clipboard. You can also get the code for Markdown or HTML – easy peasy. Paste it into your website or .md file and feast your eyes on your freshly minted badge.

Cool new visibility for your uptime with shields.io and NodePing. If you don’t have a NodePing account yet, sign up for our 15-day, free trial today over at https://nodeping.com and let us handle your monitoring and notifications.

Support for Multiple Public Status Pages

Our public status report is a critical part of keeping your customers informed of your site and service status—which after all is one of the points of monitoring. Our status pages are customizable to your company, and support a custom domain so you can display your status at status.yourdomain.com, or whatever is most applicable to your business.

We have had a public status page as one of our key features for some time.  Now, we’re adding support for multiple status pages on one account. For instance, NodePing has a status report page for our websites at status.nodeping.com, and one specifically for our probe servers at probestatus.nodeping.com.  Business and Provider accounts can optionally set up an SSL cert for their status pages (contact support for info how).

To create a new status report, just log into your account , and go to the “Account Settings” tab, then the “Reporting” subtab. Click “Add new status report” and add as many checks as you want to your new status report.  

We hope you will find this feature just as useful as we do.  We also have several more enhancements for public status pages coming soon.  Let us know what you think at support@nodeping.com, by posting comments here, or by using our Contact Page.