Launching Component Groups
Over the past few weeks we've been beta testing Component Groups and are happy to release the functionality to all users today. Here's a quick look at a few use cases.
There's a good chance your software relies on other external services to work on a day to day basis. For StatusPage.io, mission critical services include AWS for hosting, Mailgun for email notifications, and Twilio for SMS notifications. One perfect use case for Component Groups is taking any 3rd-Party Components that you've enabled and bundling them under a 3rd Party Services group as Datadog has done here.
As a CDN like CloudFlare or a hosting provider, your status page is most likely broken out by data center region. Within each region, there may be a varying amount of individual data centers. Instead of having to list each individual data center out on the page, Component Groups lets you group these data centers together into the appropriate region, keeping your page clean and easily accessible to end customers. Take a look at CloudFlare's status page as a great example.
One common use case for grouping similar components together is on the feature level. Using Raven Tools, an internet marketing software company, as an example, you'll see that individual features such as Campaigns, Email Metrics, and Research Central are broken out into their own groupings. This type of implementation makes sense when each feature's sub-components individually could have issues without impacting the entire application.
Internal User Groups
Many of our customers use StatusPage.io internally as the definitive source of status information and notifications for employees. While most of these companies take advantage of Component Subscriptions to let employees opt-in to relevant notifications, until now, the status page displays mostly consisted of long listings of internal components. To make for a better and logical end user experience, you should think about grouping components by end user group, such as customer support, sales, executives, or engineering.
Component Groups are accessible for all StatusPage.io subscriptions. To get started, take a read over the knowledge base article and then head to Components within your dashboard. If you have any questions or feedback, shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org!