Oh Dear

Antwerp, Belgium
2017
Sep 16, 2021   |  By Freek Van der Herten
Keeping an eye on your site and sending you a notification when it goes down is one of the core features of Oh Dear. Under the hood, we'll send a request to your site and take a look if the response code is in the 200-299 range, which is the default response code range to indicate that everything is ok. Some of our users are monitoring password protected sites. In such cases, the web server might reply with status code 401 (unauthorised).
Sep 13, 2021   |  By Freek Van der Herten
Like most SaaS products, Oh Dear is a living platform. We add new features proposed by our users, fix bugs that get reported, and regrettable also sometimes introduce new bugs. Most users use email to communicate with us. Even though sending an email is often perceived as friction-free, it can be a minor hurdle. We've introduced a little support bubble at the bottom of every page to make it easier for our users to pass us feature requests and report bugs.
Aug 14, 2021   |  By Freek Van der Herten
When we detect something wrong with your site (it is down, a broken link is detected, the certificate is invalid, ...), we can notify you via one of the many notification channels we support. One of those channels is Pushover, an excellent service to send native notifications to mobile devices. We have supported Pushover since we launched a couple of years ago. Now, we've added a nice option that several of our users we're asking for: setting the priority.
May 3, 2021   |  By Freek Van der Herten
Our users sometimes have a large number of applications that are being monitored by Oh Dear. Some of these applications are related to each other. Think for instance of a marketing site and an API that are part of the same application. To better emphasise that some of the things that are monitored are related, you can now use groups. When you start monitoring a site at Oh Dear, you can now optionally specify a group name.
May 3, 2021   |  By Freek Van der Herten
If we look at the number of sites that our users monitor, we can split our user base into two large groups. Teams in the first group only monitor one or a couple of sites. The second group monitors 30 or more sites. We've just launched new features that make user management more flexible for large teams. In this blog post, we'd like to tell you all about it.
Mar 2, 2021   |  By Freek Van der Herten
When you log into your account, you'll notice some subtle and not so subtle changes. We slightly updated our theme, you'll see more rounded corners and tweaked colours of various things in our UI.
Feb 28, 2021   |  By Mattias Geniar
We've added Microsoft Teams notifications to Oh Dear for uptime, certificate, performance and broken links alerts!
Feb 9, 2021   |  By Freek Van der Herten
When a site is down, Oh Dear sends a notification every hour. Since last year, our notifications can be snoozed for a fixed amount of time (5 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours, one day). In the evenings and weekends, you might not want to receive repeated notifications. That's why we've added a nice human touch: all notifications can now be snoozed until the start of the next workday. You can choose this new options in the snooze settings of a check.
Feb 3, 2021   |  By Freek Van der Herten
Today, we're introducing a new major feature: monthly site reports. In such a report, you got a bird's eye summary of everything we know of a site in a particular month. We've gone the extra mile and added the ability to mail these reports to people outside of your team automatically. If you're an agency and manage sites for your clients, you could use this feature to send a monthly report of all broken links to your client. In this blog post, we'll tell you all about the feature.
Feb 1, 2021   |  By Freek Van der Herten
To make sure that our service is working correctly, we have a suite of automated tests. The test suite is executed when we make changes and deploy something to production. Using the new parallel testing feature that recently landed in Laravel, we managed to run our testsuite about four times faster. Here is the test output when running all tests sequentially. The time needed is 4m28s. And here's the test output when using parallel testing. It only took 1m05s.

Website monitoring should be simple, intuitive & affordable. That's why we built Oh Dear!

We offer multi-location uptime monitoring, mixed content & broken links detection and SSL certificate & transparency reporting. There's an API and kick-ass documentation too.

Here's what Oh Dear! has to offer:

  • Uptime Monitoring: Worried your site might go down? We monitor from multiple locations and will report any downtime. Our probes run worldwide and alert you via Slack, mail or a webhook of your choice.
  • Certificate Monitoring: Expiration dates, revocation lists, certificate changes, distrusted certificate authorities,... you name it, we monitor it.
  • Mixed Content Monitoring: Loading HTTP content on an HTTPS site is blocked in browsers as it poses a security risk. Our scans will list all pages on your site that have mixed content.
  • Broken Links Detection: Nobody wants to hit a 404 page. We can automatically notify you as soon as we detect a broken link on your site.
  • Loved by Humans & Developers: Our human users are happy with the documentation and speed, developers will love the API and webhooks that allow you to automate Oh Dear! as you see fit.
  • Instant Alerts: Get notified instantly when something goes wrong. Via e-mail, Slack, HipChat, SMS, Pushover... You decide how we can reach you.

Website monitoring. Without the hassle.