Watchful is Moving HTPASSWD credentials out of your URL

For many years, private sites — those protected with basic authentication, a.k.a. htpasswd — could be managed in Watchful by simply embedding the basic authentication credentials in the site and administrator url fields. For example: user:password @ domain.com However, this did not allow uptime monitoring of protected sites. As a result, we baked in support for collecting the basic…

Watchful’s Site details interface gets an update

When we rolled out initial support for basic authentication last month, we noted that an update to the Edit Site interface was upcoming. This update was needed to accommodate the increased amount of information that we are using for each Joomla or WordPress site in your dashboard.  Today we can report that the update is complete. As you can see below, the screen has been…

New WordPress client released, version 1.0.4

Version 1.0.4 of the WordPress client has been released along with an update to the Watchful Dashboard. The updates include: Adoption of WordPress coding standards A fix for a bug in site audits Removal of the Beta flag in the SEO Audit  Users can update their sites to the latest WordPress client directly from the Watchful dashboard. 

Keeping an eye on your staging sites

While there are many levels of sophistication when it comes to developing websites, most web developers are familiar with the use of production sites and stagingsites. Production sites are the public-facing versions of your website that are used every day by site visitors. Staging sites are private clones of your production sites. They are used primarily by developers to test…

Simplifying our name

Today we are excited to announce that we have officially begun to migrate our website update and monitoring service to the watchful.net domain. Our original domain name watchful.li will be phased out. Since launching in 2012, Watchful has had a complicated relationship with its domain name watchful.li.  As we have explained to many folks at conferences and online, the idea of the .li…

Downtime scheduled for May 10, 2019

Watchful will have a planned outage on May 9, 2019 in order to upgrade our database infrastructure. We expect the maintenance period to last no more than three hours. It is scheduled to begin at 11:00 UTC (6:00 AM Chicago, USA). During the maintenance period, a snapshot of all your website data and logs will be taken and…

Francesco Abeni joins Watchful as interim CTO

Watchul is pleased to annunce that Francesco Abeni will be joining the development team at Watchful as interim Chief Technology Officer. Francesco is one of the original members of the Watchful development team and is well-suited to expanding the feature set and modernizing the code base. Francesco replaces Pierre-Andre Vullioud as CTO who, along with David Pizzotti,…

Privacy Policy updates and GDPR compliance

Like many web services, Watchful has been busy making changes to address the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to go into effect in the European Union on May 25, 2018. Here at Watchful, we are working towards GDPR compliance in four main areas: Obtaining consent from users to collect and store personal information Creating…

New Watchful clients and SSO plugin enhance encryption

We have recently released new versions of our Joomla Client (v1.12.2), WordPress Client (v1.0.2) & the SSO Plugin for Joomla (v1.3). New Joomla & WordPress Clients The updated Joomla and WordPress clients improve the way we authenticate calls from the Watchful server so as to avoid a theoretical timing attack: http://php.net/manual/en/function.hash-hmac.php#111435). New SSO Plugin The new…

Downtime scheduled for April 3, 2017

Watchful will have a planned outage on April 3, 2017 in order to complete the previously announced migration to Amazon Web Services. We expect the maintenance period to last no more than three hours. It is scheduled to begin at 7:00 UTC (2:00 AM Milwaukee, USA and 09:00 Lausanne, Switzerland). To prepare for migration, be sure…