Thursday, July 16, 2015

Try the new Browshot

We've been working hard over the past couple of months to provide a new version of the Browshot website. We didn't want to put just a new skin on the existing website. We wanted to build the foundation of a better, more user-friendly, website and dashboard.



Try the new version at https://beta.browshot.com/. It shares the same back-end as the main website. Use your current credentials to login. Any screenshot you use will count towards your balance.

We'd love to get your feedback. I hope you'll find the new dashboard easier to use.

We will keep making improvements to the new website. We plan on switching to the new version in a couple of weeks. We will keep improving it based on your feedback.

Try https://beta.browshot.com/ today.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Maintenance on 02/07/2015 - CANCELED

Update: the upgrade has been posponed

We have scheduled an upgrade of Browshot on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at 8:30pm PST until 10:30pm PST. We expect about no more than 30 minutes of downtime. During this time, the website and the API may return errors.

This is the last step in upgrading our database to a cluster of 3 database servers

We will post updates on this post during the maintenance window.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Status and Uptime pages

We have set up two external websites:

  • http://status.browshot.com/: check the status of the Browshot website and API. You can subscribe to the RSS feed and e-mail alerts to get notified about outages and scheduled maintenance. This website is updated manually.
  • http://uptime.browshot.com/: detailed up-time of browshot.com and api.browshot.com measured every minute by a third party.

You can find additional information on Browshot's network architecture and monitoring at https://browshot.com/status

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Libraries updated (Perl, PHP, Python & Ruby)

We have released a new version of the Perl, PHP, Ruby and Python libraries. They work with the latest version of the Browshot API (1.14). All the unit tests are fully working and their documentation have been updated.

All libraries source code is available on github and on their language-specific repository for easier installation:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Maintenance on 01/16/2015 (COMPLETE)

We have scheduled an upgrade of Browshot on Friday January 16th, 2015 at 8:30pm PST until 11:30pm PST. We expect about 30 minutes of downtime. During this time, the website and the API may return errors.

This is the first step in upgrading our database to a cluster of 3 database servers. Another maintenance window will be scheduled 2 weeks later.

We will post updates on this post during the maintenance window.

Upgrade

8:30pm PST: upgrade started, website and API are down.
8:45pm PST: database server migrated and restarted.
8:54pm PST: website and API are working on 2 core servers. Private instances are unavailable.
9:01pm PST: all core servers are running, private instances are available.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Update to SSL

Browshot, like many web applications, uses HTTPS to encrypt your web transaction and to guarantee the legitimacy of our website.


There are man ways to deploy HTTPS. Done wrong, many of the security benefits of the protocol are lost. We continually test our configuration against the latest SSL vulnerabilities reported to ensure a high level of security.

SSL Labs offers an extensive tests of any HTTPS servers. To ensure that we keep our A rating, we have updated all of our web servers on 12/12/2014 to tune our HTTPS settings.

You can check the results on SSL Labs. Note that we use more servers than what SSL Labs reports. The configuration is identical on all of our servers, so the tests should yeld the exact same results.

Rating from SSL Labs
We will continue to monitor our HTTPS settings to keep the highest level of security for our customers. We will upgrade our certificate to a SHA2 signature when we renew it in 2015.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Best Wishes for 2015



Browshot wishes you a great 2015!


Thank you for supporting Browshot.

We have grown rapidly in 2014. We are looking at 2015 for another record year, many new features, and more important, many more happy users. Stay tune for more updates on our service. We wish everybody a great holiday.


Best Wishes,
Julien Sobrier, Founder of Browshot