Change Log: Afghan Shepherd

Here are some of our recent notable changes.


Getting timely and easy to consume email notifications is at the heart of SSL Hound. We’ve focused on improving the delivery and readability of our emails in this release.

We’ve selected Postmark as our primary email service provider.

Postmark has made a name for itself because it does one thing, and one thing really well: Sending transactional emails. Transactional emails are the ones that you get when you sign up with SSL Hound, make changes to your account, or receive a notification.

Users can add multiple email addresses to receive notifications and they can be configured individually.

This is a great way to keep multiple people updated and also in a way that isn’t overwhelming. Each email address can be configured to enabled individual, daily, and weekly email types.

Individual emails are when each monitoring warning or error is sent as a separate email. Some information is still grouped together and you can read more about that later in this post.

Daily emails are useful for receiving all of the warnings and errors that have been collected for a single user over the course of a day. If individual emails are too granular, this is a great way to get the latest information, but in a digest format.

Weekly emails are a summary of all of your monitored websites and services sent out, you guessed it, once a week. You can read more about that and see what it looks like later in this post.

To reduce the chance of notifications going to the wrong place, we’ve added a confirmation step to email notifications. As you can see below, when an email address is added, an email will be dispatched to have the user confirm that the email was sent.

We are improving our new user experience.

Our welcome emails didn’t make it very clear that your account was ready to use immediately, nor did they include the link to confirm your email address. We are also including links to get help and contact support.

We’ve changed the way some emails are grouped together.

When a certificate is going to expire, if there are other checks that you are monitoring that use the same certificate, we are grouping all of that information together.

For example, if you are monitoring both https://www.example.com/ and https://example.com/ and the certificate used on both endpoints is going to expire, we’ll send you one email with all of the relevant information that you need.

We’ve introduced a daily summary email that can combine all of your warnings and errors into a single email sent after your checks have processed.

This can substantially reduce the amount of email you receive. This feature can be enabled on the notifications settings page.

We’ve introduce a weekly summary email that gives you a birds eye-view of all of your monitored websites and services.

This weekly report gives you all of the information available on the dashboard, delivered right to your inbox. It can be a great way to stay updated passively.


This release was code named Afghan Shepherd. From Wikipedia:

The Kuchi or Afghan Shepherd is an Afghan livestock guardian dog, taking its name from the Kuchi people of Afghanistan.

Read more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuchi_dog