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Lesson: Dashboards 101

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In this lesson you will learn about the basics behind dashboards, Uptrends’ way of presenting your availability, transaction, and performance monitoring data.

What are dashboards?

Dashboards are compilations of multiple report tiles, which consist of list and graphical representations of your monitoring data, designed to help you quickly visualize and identify availability and performance trends from a single page.

It is very similar to the dashboard of your car: but with gauges and meters that display your website and web service measurements, rather than fuel and engine RPMs.

A series of dashboards come pre-built with your Uptrends account, although it is possible to create a custom dashboard to better suit your needs. But you’ll learn more about that in a later course.

What are dashboard report tiles?

Dashboard report tiles are graphical or list-based representations of collected monitoring data.

Examples of dashboard report tiles include: monitor data chart, multi-checkpoint list, and the alert log.

Customizing dashboard report tiles

Tiles can be customized in a variety of ways to highlight different aspects of your captured data, on an individual tile-by-tile basis.

For instance if you wanted to display a tile’s data, but only during a certain time frame, you could click on that tile’s settings and set the period. The tile would then automatically refresh, and display the appropriate data.

Examples of tile customizations include: changeable tile names, variations in graphical display, sorting, time/date filters, etc.

How do I filter dashboard data?

There are two different ways in which you can filter your dashboard data: by individual tile (which enables you to see two similar tiles side-by-side, but with different settings), or applying a filter across the entire dashboard.

Universal Filtering

  1. To filter universally (across the entire dashboard), first access the dashboard you wish to filter.
  2. Once you are on the appropriate dashboard, glance at the Quick Action Menu (the grey menu bar).

You will see a variety of filtering options that change based on the dashboard you are on, including:

  • Monitor filtering
    This filter comes in handy if you’re looking to only see data for a certain monitor or monitor group.
  • Checkpoint filtering
    Only want to see data output by certain checkpoints? This is your filter!
  • Error level filtering This filter enables you to display everything, only unconfirmed/confirmed errors, only confirmed errors or only successful checks (OK results).
  • Date/Time filtering
    You control space and time! Scratch that, only time…and time being the time frame in which your data is output. But you have the power!

Tile Filtering

To filter within an individual tile:

  1. Access the dashboard that contains the tile you wish to filter.
  2. On the tile in question open the three-dot menu to access the tile settings.
  3. A pop-up window will appear, containing a series of tabs and configuration options associated with the tile.

These tabs typically include:

  • Tile
    The options contained in the Tile tab relate only to the way data is presented in that tile.

  • Groups and Monitors
    The Groups and monitors tab enables you to display data pertaining to the context of the dashboard (typically the default) or to filter it to show data for any series of monitors or monitor groups.

  • Period
    The Period tab enables you to filter the time frame in which to show data, typically set by default to the context of the dashboard.

    screenshot tile settings

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