New Feature: Marking Notification Settings as Default

In Semonto, you can now choose how you want to be alerted of detected issues, and then reuse those settings by marking them as default.

Mockup of notification in Semonto on a colourful background
Jelle De Laender 20 December 2021

Defining how you want to be alerted when an issue is detected is a fundamental aspect of a website monitoring tool.

Before: one monitor: one list of notification settings

Since the early days, when you started monitoring a new website, Semonto created a new monitor. Every monitor had a list of details specifying how you should be alerted in case of troubles: via e-mail, SMS text messages, Slack and more. This setup makes sense if you are only monitoring one or two websites.

Added last year: group notification settings

The moment you start monitoring multiple websites or scheduled tasks, you want to manage the notifications in a better and more structured way. That is why we created Contact Groups in 2019, which is now called Notifications.

A notification still specifies how you want to be alerted, but with notification groups, you can link the same notification settings to multiple monitors and PulseChecks. This way, you only need to create them once. In addition to e-mail, SMS text message, a Tweet, and a notification on your smartphone, we also added the possibility to get a phone message. Semonto automatically created a new notification group for each monitor, which you could customize.

Today's improvement: default notification settings

With today's improvement, we are further simplifying how you can manage notifications in Semonto. You can now mark notification groups as default by adding a star. Go to the notification details and select "Use for all new monitors and PulseChecks". A star will appear.

A notification marked as default

How it works

Start by marking at least one notification group as default. From then on, Semonto will no longer create a new notification group for each new monitor or PulseCheck. Instead, we automatically link each new monitor or PulseCheck to all starred notification groups. If you run a small team, you might only need one notification group for all your monitors. Then you can simply create it, star it and be done with it. Of course, you can still create other notification groups and manually connect them to a monitor or PulseCheck.

Let us know what you think!

Kindly note that this change only affects all new monitors or PulseChecks created today. New accounts will automatically have one default notification group, and existing users will stay in the old system until they have marked one notification group as default.

We hope that you like this update. Don't hesitate to get in touch. We love all feedback and are working on more features as we speak, all requested by our community!

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