A dashboard is a web page used to visualize current or recent data about your monitored devices. To view longer-term historical data you can set up custom reports.

Once you have created a dashboard you will want to save or bookmark the unique URL, as you can then open the dashboard from anywhere without having to log in to the system. Thus, you could share the URL with anyone on the Internet who need access to the dashboard without giving them edit permissions.

There are two types of dashboards: panels and report cards. A panel is designed to show you recent data about your monitored devices from a number of different perspectives using multiple widgets.  A report card is designed to give you a more diagnostic view of your devices with the ability to drill down into the information by clicking on a specific item.

To navigate to dashboards, from the left sidebar menu select Reports, and select Shareable Panels or Shareable Report Cards depending on your goals.

Shareable Panels

A Shareable Panel is an individual dashboard that displays one or more widgets to visualize recent data and can be shared with anybody using its unique URL. Clicking on the Panels section will expand to display all existing panels, the number of widgets on each panel, the status of the panel (active or disabled), and the actions you can perform on each panel.

Report Cards

Website monitoring Report Cards provide live-feed reports of a monitored device or a group of devices. Report Cards can be accessed from outside of the Dotcom-Monitor service via a unique URL. A report card provides a summary of the device(s), the current status of the device(s), as well as the historical statistics of the device(s) performance and uptime. You can choose among Performance Report Card and Status Report Card.

Auto-reload for all Report Cards is set to 3 minutes.

Report Cards can be placed in a public area of a website, in order to demonstrate to end users that a website receives monitoring by an independent third party. Report Cards demonstrate the reliability of a website and the website’s service uptime and performance. As a result, end users are assured that the website is credible and reliable.

Dashboard Actions

To get access to the dashboard Actions menu, hover over a dashboard in the list and click the Show Actions button in the corresponding line.

Clicking a dashboard line in the list will take you to the dashboard editor.

The following actions are available depending on a dashboard type:

  • Edit: Opens the dashboard editor.
  • Preview: Opens the dashboard in a read-only view in a new browser window.
  • Copy URL: Copies the URL for selected dashboard to clipboard. This URL can be shared with anyone on the Internet, even if they do not have a Dotcom-Monitor account. You can also restrict access to the dashboard in the dashboard settings so only users of the current Dotcom-Monitor account can open the dashboard with the link.
  • Reset GUID: If you wish to revoke access to a particular dashboard, you can use the reset GUID button to change the GUID in the URL. Users with the URL that was previously shared will not be able to access the dashboard anymore.
  • Clone: Only for Shareable Panels. Creates an exact copy of the panel you have selected.
  • Postpone: Disables the dashboard so users who access the dashboard will not receive any data.
  • Delete: Deletes the dashboard from the system.