updown release notes
updown release notes
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๐Ÿ”’ Private status pages

 

Improvement

  

It's now possible to choose between Public or Private visibility for multi-site status pages. Private meaning it's only visible for users connected to the updown.io account.

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This feature has been requested a couple times here. Also requested was an intermediary Protected visibility, with a publicly shareable but non-guessable and non-indexable URL. This will also be added soon!

๐Ÿ”’ TCPS check

 

New

  

TCPS (TCP+TLS/SSL) check have been implemented ๐ŸŽ‰

It performs both:

  1. The TCP connection check for uptime (making sure the server is reachable and accepting connection), like the existing TCP check.
  2. The TLS handshake and verification of the certificate (+expiration reminders), like the existing HTTPS check.

The feature had been requested here in order to monitor any kind of non-HTTP services using TLS encryption (such as SMTPS, IMAPS, LDAPS, some VPNs, etc.).

You can finally enjoy TCP port monitoring and TLS certificate verification:

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Let me know if you have any problem with it ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป

๐Ÿ“… Domain name expiration

 

Improvement

  

After the domain expiration reminders which have been added earlier, you'll now be able to see the domain expiration date in your dashboard by hovering the scheme or domain (like for SSL certificate expiration):

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The scheme will be orange if the domain is approaching expiration (<= 14 days) so you can more easily notice them, even if you did not enable the alerts.

Also a list of domain names expiring soon has been added at the top of the weekly report email, just below the list of SSL certificates expiring soon.


For the record, the domain expiration date is not updated frequently, because RDAP and WHOIS servers don't like this. By default it updates every 1000 uptime checks (so up to 1000h/41d if you have 1h interval checks). But this interval is greatly reduced (max 24h) when it's getting closer to expiration (15 days before), so you get more accurate warnings. Keep in mind it's possible to see an outdated value here, especially if the expiration date is far in the future. The time of the last update is shown in the popup.

๐Ÿ”ง HTTP/2 supported + some small updates

 

New

  

๐Ÿš€ HTTP/2 protocol is now supported since June 11th, 2022. It is used by default when available, like in most HTTP clients. A small tag has been added to the dashboard to show if your website is monitored using HTTP/2:

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Improvement

  

๐Ÿ›‘ It is now possible to stop following redirects by providing the HTTP redirect status code in the "contains" field. Read more.

๐Ÿ’ก updown now detects websites redirecting from dual-stack to IPv4-only server in order to automatically disable dual-stack monitoring. This avoids receiving alerts saying IPv6 is broken when you can't improve the situation, and it no longer have to be disabled manually. Read more.

๐Ÿ“ฑ SMS alerts are now limited to 100/day/account in order to avoid draining credits too quickly during big outages, and also to prevent network operators throttling.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Status pages API

 

New

  

The multi-site status pages released a couple months ago now have their API so you can automate the creation and maintenance of these pages, check out the endpoints documentation here.

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You can use these API endpoints to update the list/order of websites, the name and description (to automatically update in case of planned maintenance for example or known problems).

๐Ÿ”” Recipients API

 

New

  

The first version of the recipients API has been released, it allows to list all possible recipients in your account (/api/recipients endpoint) and to modify the list of recipients selected for each check (recipients attribute in the /api/checks endpoints). You'll find the updated documentation here: https://updown.io/api

So you can now perform the same changes as on the bulk edit page but from the API, and thus automate the creation/update of checks while selecting only some recipients.

It is also possible to add new recipients (email, sms, webhooks, etc..) from the API using the POST endpoint.

Let me know if this is working well for your needs and if you notice any issues.

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿซ Pro tip: before playing with the API and messing with your configuration, you can open the bulk edit page to have a snapshot of your current recipients configuration (as checkboxes). This way in case of problem you can just submit this form to restore the snapshotted configuration (don't reload the page before of course ๐Ÿ™ƒ).

๐Ÿ“… Domain name expiration reminders

 

New

  

After months of development and beta testing, we are now releasing the domain expiration reminders feature publicly. The goal is to warn you a couple days before your domain expires in case you forgot to renew it. This feature is disabled by default, you'll need to enable it in your settings if you want it:

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(this is because for many people it'll probably be useless and noisy)

โš ๏ธ Note that some TLDs do not share expiration date or simply refuse to run an open RDAP or WHOIS service so this will not work with ALL domains but so far our success rate is about 80%. If your TLD supports RDAP (you can verify with https://rdap.org/domain/example.com) and gives an expiration date here you should be good to go. If your TLD does not support RDAP but responds to WHOIS queries and has an expiration date, most of them will be supported by our parser, if not feel free to open an issue or a PR or just ask us and we should be able to add support.

๐Ÿ•ต Specify expected HTTP status code

 

Improvement

  

Since the beginning it has not been possible to specify an expected HTTP status code (though it was possible to specify a string to search in the body response, which often allowed to circumvent this limitation).

Well it is now possible to specify an expected HTTP status code (other than the default 2xx), in the same place you could specify a string to search, the tooltip has been changed accordingly:

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This can be useful if you need to monitor an endpoint with a non 2xx status but which doesn't return any body (or not stable enough to match on). The error message will be the same for now: UP/DOWN (short version) or "Couldn't find the configured string" (long version) because it's simpler. I'll see about changing that a bit if it creates confusion.

๐ŸŒ Internationalized URL support (IRL)

 

New

  

We've just added support for internationalized URLs, showing unicode chars in domain names, path and query. Like in browsers, this is for display only. underneath the URL is stored normalized in ASCII format to remain valid and it is this one that is sent to your server.

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You can paste an IRL when creating a new check, updown will accept it and convert it to the appropriate format automatically (this is also true for ASCII characters which are not allowed in URLs).

It's possible there are still some places where the ASCII version will be shown instead of the unicode one. As always, let us know if you have any feedback about this new feature.

๐Ÿงน Removing UserVoice widget

 

Fix

  

We've been using UserVoice for quite some time for feature suggestion, FAQ and customer support contact widget:

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The thing is in the end this was just a very limited UI for an email, as support is anyway handled the same way and by the same person (me) on support@updown.io.

And among the years we hit some deliverability issues, likely caused by UserVoice not supporting proper DKIM signing. Also some clients had bad experience because they thought this was a live chat. Overall many opportunities for frustration.

So in order to address this problem in the simplest way possible โ€“ and as UserVoice is not gonna change soon โ€“ I decided to stop using this widget in favor of direct email. Twitter is also an option for people still using it โ˜บ

I slightly reworked the footer to make the Support button more visible to compensate for the widget button being gone, also it'll now includes the account name in the subject by default:

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