On Monday, December 4th we released StrikeTracker 3.5. Users will notice some pretty significant changes so we want to give you a detailed overview.
A few months back, we set out to improve the overall user experience of the CDN console, to make navigating and using the system easier. This release is a significant step toward the world-class control panel we envision for our users.
We took a good look at the features you use most and tasked our UX team with the job of improving StrikeTracker’s overall structure. Along with some conceptual changes, a wide range of tasks have been restructured to be more intuitive. We’re sure you will appreciate the difference.
You can read detailed descriptions of each of the improvements below, or see a quick overview in this short video.
A Modern, Clean, and Consistent UI
The first thing you’ll notice is that the general look and feel of StrikeTracker has changed. All your services, your account and user details, the search function, and a number of help articles can be accessed from a static top navigation panel. All items open in a consistent navigation panel to the right of the console.
Important features are clearly defined, and first-time users will discover that finding their way through the console feels natural. Many list contexts, such as Sites, Origins, and Certificates have been improved to facilitate ease-of-use.
Want to learn more? Check out the support article on getting started with StrikeTracker 3.5.
We’ve Changed “Hosts” to “Sites”
In StrikeTracker 3.5 we’ve also introduced a minor conceptual improvement that makes navigating the console easy and natural.
The term “Host,” which is a pretty ambiguous term, has been replaced throughout the UI, wherever possible, to more accurately represent the thing to which it’s actually referring.
For example, in previous versions of StrikeTracker, “Host” was the name given to the delivery containers used to manage the caching and delivery of your content on the CDN. With StrikeTracker 3.5, delivery container “Hosts” are now called “Sites.” Elsewhere in the console, “host” referenced the delivery domain. Now we simply call it the delivery domain.
Introducing Site Creation Wizard
If you’re looking to get your website cached and delivered on the CDN with no hassle, the new Site Creation Wizard is designed just for that. The effort required is now absolutely minimal. Simply enter your delivery domain and let the Wizard do the rest.
The automated origin server detection via DNS lookup is instant and automatically registers your origin’s address with the CDN. The default delivery settings applied cover best practices for delivering content fast and efficient with minimal stress placed on your origin server.
After creating your Site, customizing the default configurations applied by the Wizard is simple.
Point-and-Click Simplicity for Advanced Configurations
Developers and other advanced users are familiar with the Interactive APIs. But if you do your work in the StrikeTracker console, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it’s become to navigate and configure advanced policies. We’ve introduced major organizational changes.
Advanced configuration policies now live behind an on/off switch that allows users who wish to edit advanced configurations to leave the simple mode. Once changes incompatible with the simple defaults are published in advanced mode, Sites are locked into advanced editing mode.
All advanced policies are now logically categorized, named to better describe their function, and are made visible and accessible at all times. Applying an advanced configuration to a Site is now as simple as flipping an enable switch.
The ease with which advanced configurations can be applied opens the door to less advanced users coming forward to better understand, and ultimately utilize, the full range of features the CDN offers.
Need to know more about advanced configurations? Check out the support article on editing advanced configurations.
Breadcrumbs Show the Way Up and Down Your Subaccounts
For administrators of subaccounts, breadcrumbs allow you to jump back and forth between the different layers of your company’s accounts. You’ll never get lost when navigating the hierarchy of those accounts as you’ll always know which context of your account you’re currently in.
Clear and Easy Support Documentation
The help articles relevant to StrikeTracker 3.5 reflect the straightforward and clear design of the console’s user interface.
Every update and configuration policy has its own help article detailing what it is and how it works at support.highwinds.com.
We’re not stopping yet. The improvements introduced in the StrikeTracker 3.5 update lay the foundation for the upcoming releases and advancements we’re excited to bring you in the coming months, including the ability to add SSL certificates and select origins from within the Site Creation Wizard, a streamlined onboarding process, an intelligent search function in advanced Site configuration mode. And much more. Stay tuned.