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 other individuals that need access to the dashboard without giving them access to edit anything in the system.
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.
For an in depth walk-through of the dashboards, check out the dashboard video tutorial.
To navigate to the dashboard manager, hover over Reports in the top navigation menu and select Dashboard Manager from the drop down menu.
On the dashboard manager you will find four main features: Panels, Report Cards, a Search bar and the “Create New” button.
Panels: A Panel is an individual dashboard that displays one or more widgets to visualize recent data and can be shared with anybody using it’s 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 Dashboard Reports (aka Report Cards) provide a live-feed reports of a monitored Device, or a group of Devices. A Dashboard Report can be accessed from outside of the Dotcom-Monitor service via a unique URL. A Dashboard Report 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.
Search: Enter a keyword to filter the list of panels and report cards by the panel names. You will have to expand the panels and report card sections in order to see the results.
Create New: Clicking the “Create New” button will pop up a menu prompting you to select the type of panel you wish to create, a dashboard, a status report card, or a performance report card.
Selecting to create a new Dashboard Panel will open the dashboard editor and prompt you to create a new panel or edit an existing panel. Creating a new panel will open a blank panel with no widgets. You can add widgets to the panel to visualize live data across one or more of your devices.
The actions you can perform on a dashboard include:
Edit: Opens the dashboard panel editor for the panel selected.
Preview: Opens the panel up in a read only view in a new browser window.
Copy URL: Copies the URL for selected panel into your clipboard. This url can be shared with anyone, even if they do not have a login. This allows you to send the URL to anyone that you wish to share the dashboard with.
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. This will disable the link that you previously copied and share with others.
Clone: This will create an exact copy of the panel you have selected.
Disable: disables the panel so users visiting the url will not see any data.
Delete: Delete will prompt you to make sure you wish to delete the panel, and if you click Delete again, it will delete the panel from the system.