A StatusPage.io Bootcamp Leads To Three New Features
As many of you know, we're a distributed team. While we think we do a pretty good job at working remotely, the human aspect of face to face communication and hanging out is impossible to replace with software. So, we decided a couple months ago to do quarterly StatusPage.io bootcamps, with the first one taking place last week in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Along with growing sub-par moustaches in remembrance of Movember, we cranked out the finishing touches on some new features that we're very excited to launch.
Keeping your team in sync
Activity Log is a real-time feed of all core updates to your StatusPage.io account, including component updates, incident updates, and user provisioning. It eliminates the need to email the whole ops team when a user needs to know who created an incident or changed the status of a component. It gives developers the piece of mind that their whole team is on the same page during an incident, allowing the right people to fix the problems at hand instead of wasting time replying to chat and email.
Along with the new Activity Log, we've baked in a native HipChat integration. The integration takes internal status communication to the next level, keeping all employees of a company in the know during unscheduled downtime. You can read more about the integration on HipChat's blog.
Activity Log is available for all accounts. Within the management dashboard, click on the top right hand drop down and into Activity Log to take a look for yourself.
To pipe page updates into HipChat, first take a look at our knowledge base article.
Customized branding for a consistent look and feel
You may have seen StatusPage.io pages recently with custom headers and footers. A few of our favorite examples include Bitbucket, TestFlight, and UserVoice status pages. These companies have been part of our beta for Custom HTML, which is now live in our new page editor!
The new editor allows you to make changes to the custom css/html and preview those changes at the same time. With a few tweaks to your header and footer, your status page will now have a consistent look and feel with that of our own app or website.
Before diving in, read our docs on custom html. Custom CSS is available for all Startup and Business customers. Custom HTML is available for all Business customers.
Adding metrics to your page from any data source
Until now, you had to be a customer of one of our metrics providers (New Relic, Pingdom, TempoDB, Librato, DataDog) to display metrics on your page about your technology stack - things that your users experience like uptime, response time, and error rate. While these services cover some of our customer base, many of you asked to display metrics on your page from all sorts of external data sources including other vendors and in-house Graphite systems. In order to accommodate these requests, we built flexible API endpoints to ingest custom metrics from any external service or system. All we need are key-value pairs of timestamp/metric value in 30 second roll-ups.
As long as you have access to the data you would like to display, we can graph it.
To get started, first watch our video on creating a custom metric.
Once the metric is created, you'll be able to submit data for the metric through our API.
As always, let us know if you have any questions with these new features!