Timestamps On Downtime Alerts

09 Jul 2020

We've made a useful improvement to Downtime Monkey alerts. Each downtime alert now includes a timestamp that shows the time that the website went down and each uptime alert includes a timestamp that shows the time that the website came back up.

This turned out to be more work than expected, largely because we thought we'd knock it out in under an hour :)

Although it wasn't totally straightforward to develop, the end-result is incredibly simple to use...

Consistent Timestamps On All Alerts

Each timestamp is consistent across the whole monitoring system. The times shown in email, Slack and SMS alerts are identical to each other and show the time the website was first noted as down.

Note that this is not necessarily the same as the time when the alerts are sent, for example for monitors that are customised to delay alerts until the site remains down for x minutes.

Downtime alert with timestamp

The main benefit is that you'll see exactly when the website was down, at a glance. Also, if you want to see more detail it's easy to find the downtime log...

Timestamps Match Downtime Logs

The time shown in each alert message is also displayed in your preferred timezone and therefore matches exactly the timestamp in your downtime logs.

This makes it very easy to find the corresponding downtime log...

Downtime log with timestamp

If you'd like to receive timestamps with your downtime alerts and have access to comprehensive downtime logs, check out our Pro Plans.

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