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New from the Watchful Labs — true uptime monitoring and a new dashboard

New Watchful Dashboard

Here at Watchful, our Chief technology Officer and co-founder Pierre-André Vullioud always has something cooking in the laboratory.

All these new developments go through a rigorous path from initial research and development on our dev server followed by internal testing on our staging server.

When we feel we’ve got a stable feature or change, we then migrate the updates to our production environment and invite some customers to do real-world testing.

Once all these check-points are passed, we release it to all our customers.

New Dashboard

Many of our customers use Watchful to organize their clients and appreciate the ability to take a wide view of all their web sites from the dashboard.

To make information and features more accessible, we are working on a new compact layout for the Watchful dashboard.

As you can see in this early draft above, the new dashboard removes some of the large elements from the top of the existing interface and simplifies the sorting tools.

Once this change in the page layout is complete, we plan to start making changes to the content that is displayed also.

The new page layout is already in testing on our development server. We expect to start testing it internally in mid-April with a private Beta a few weeks after that.

True uptime monitoring

Monitoring wether or not your site is online is a critical job for all website administrators. Not only is this monitoring your responsibility, your reputation can be negatively impacted if your employer or your client notices a web site outage before you do.

Monitoring uptime is also an important way to evaluate your hosting/server performance, and provide important metrics for your service or maintenance contracts.

For these reasons, we announced at the Watchers Workshop and Joomla!Dagen this past weekend in the Netherlands that we are ready to replace our existing uptime monitoring (about once per three hours) with a new monitoring solution that runs every 5-minutes.

As you can see below, We display the last 10 “Uptime” events as well as a running history of your site.

Uptime monitoring

This feature has been in development for some time and is already been activate for beta-testers on the production server. We expect to release it to the public on 3-April at no addtional charge.

Beta testers

Current customers are invited to help us in beta-testing of these and other features. Simply submit a support ticket and our staff will contact you directly.

Why use Watchful?

You don’t offer maintenance plans for your customers.

You don’t offer maintenance plans for your customers.
Maintenance plans are a key way most agencies generate recurring revenue and keep in regular contact with their clients. With Watchful you can offer professional maintenance plans and deliver white-label reports to show your clients the value of your work.
Martijn Boomsma
Watchful keeps us on track with updates and maintenance tasks so our clients sites are always monitored and up-to-date.
Martijn Boomsma /

Learn more about White-Label Reports

You use WordPress and Joomla! in your agency.

You use WordPress and Joomla! in your agency.
Watchful works seamlessly with the two most popular website softwares: Wordpress and Joomla. And the list of supported applications is growing.
Matthew Philogene provides a great overview of all our projects. Great support, great tools, cannot live without!
Matthew Philogene /

Learn more about Multi CMS dashboard

It takes you days to update all your sites.

It takes you days to update all your sites.
Logging into websites and individually applying software updates is time-consuming and error-prone. With Watchful, we let you know what updates are available and help you apply updates across all your sites at the same time.
Jonathan Frewin
Watchful cut my monthly [maintenance] time down from days to hours.
Jonathan Frewin /
Learn more about Backup Manager

You manage your websites manually.

You manage your websites manually.
We started like that! But our spreadsheets and reminders quickly became very complicated. We designed Watchful to simplify website management and actually make it pleasant experience.
Kristoffer Sandven saves me from manually monitoring dozens of websites - I can keep them updated with just a few clicks from a single, slick interface!
Kristoffer Sandven /

Learn more about Remote Installer

You don’t check your websites for security problems or backups.

You don’t check your websites for security problems or backups.
Watchful helps you monitor industry-accepted best-practices and potential security issues. And if a problem arises, Watchful’s customer support is there to help you understand the problem and advise you on possible solutions.
Joe Sonne
Using Watchful is far better than having to deal with a hacked website because a site fell behind in security updates.
Joe Sonne /

Learn more about Site Audit

Watchful News and CMS Blog

WordPress support officially launches for Watchful - the webmasters toolbox

24 March 2017 / News

Effective immediately, Watchful now officially supports backups, updates, monitoring, and maintenance for websites powered by WordPress.

Preparations for migration to Amazon Web Services nearly complete

14 March 2017 / News

In the coming weeks, we plan to migrate our infrastructure from WiredTree to Amazon Web Service (AWS).

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