Tags and Filtering Basics

Tags and filtering are useful for organizations that have a high volume of checks. Create tags to filter checks in your Dashboard, Public Status Page, or SLA Reports so you can quickly access your most important checks.

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Tags and Filtering At A Glance

  • Add up to 2,000 tags to your account.

  • Add the same tag to any number of checks.

  • Organize checks based on your use case and workflow.

Tags let you group checks based on what makes sense for your workflow. Each account (and sub-account) can add up to 2,000 tags, with a 100-character limit. 

Here are a few examples of how one might set up tags:

  • Teams or Team Members
  • Monitor several domains, with tags to group by a client, business entity or domain/website name
  • Tags that help to auto-select checks for use in a group check

The following tutorial assumes you’re logged in to your Uptime.com account.

Creating Tags

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Go to Monitoring, then click the arrow next to Add New followed by Manage Tags. The Manage Tags pop-up box appears.

Type the tag name into the empty field. As you add tags, a new field will appear underneath to enter the next one, as shown in the example below:

Clicking on the grey box to the left of the text field allows you to assign a color to your tag. The image below shows the Manage Tags pop-up box with the color palette open. There are 12 color options for your tags.

Be sure to click the Save button when finished.

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Note: There are 12 tag colors available to select directly through the UI in the Manage Tags box. The API also allows the creation of tags with hex-based colors for more flexibility. See the check-tags section of the API documentation for more information on how to create tags with custom colors defined by the color_hex value.

 

Adding Tags to a Check

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You can add a tag to any check type, and each check can have multiple tags. You have to create tags before you can add them to a check. The Tag field appears in the middle of the Basic screen (will add an arrow or other highlight to show the usual location) when adding or editing a check. 

If the field is not there, then no tags have been set up. You can continue adding the check and add tags after the check is completed.

There are two ways to add tags to existing checks.

For the first method, go to Monitoring>Checks>Actions and click on Edit Check. Add tags in the Tag field and click Save. 

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To add Tags in bulk,  select checks from the main screen in Monitoring>Checks, then click Bulk Actions>Set Tags from the drop-down.

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When you choose the Set Tags option from the drop-down menu, the Assign Tags pop-up box appears. If you need to add additional tags, select the Manage Tags button to add new tags or delete ones that no longer apply.

Filtering Views

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If you have multiple checks and only need to look at certain ones, you can use tags to filter your view on the Checks page to give you quick access to only the checks you need.

  • Go to Monitoring>Checks
  • In the upper right-hand corner, click on the All Tags drop-down menu and select the tag you would like to see. The checks page will then display only the checks with your selected tag

  • You can filter checks by state, such as Up, Down, Paused, or Maintenance
  • Multiple states may be selected or deselected by clicking the desired filter
  • Active selections remain highlighted in blue

Use Case: Filter by User

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A Premium subscription has unlimited users at your discretion. You should assign each member of your team an account, and put those users in charge of their respective infrastructure. To improve efficiency in the management of their checks, your team can utilize tags for easy filtration. 

Tags will allow your teams to filter checks and create custom dashboards and status pages of any type. 

We suggest using tags that help categorize checks based on:

  • Project Owners
  • Group (such as grouping all API or sales related checks together)
  • System
  • Development and Production environments

Another option is to create a separate tag for projects in progress, which allows the company to check on sites currently under development and spot and correct problems before the website goes live.

Other Use Cases

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Tags are flexible enough for any company to organize checks for easy filtration.

Here are some other use cases for tagging in Uptime.com:

  • Affiliate marketers with multiple domains
  • Web hosting companies that offer managed site monitoring services for customers
  • Managed IT service companies
  • Freelance web developers responsible for site maintenance
  • Computer security specialists working with cloud-based services, apps and network storage
  • Data centers responsible for multiple servers can tag checks based on their equipment name or ID
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