Custom Content Check can now accept Regular Expressions!

We’ve got a bunch of technical users that like to request features and we LOVE it.

A few days ago, we put an addition to our custom content feature which allows you to search not only for a static block of text but use a regular expression.

We’ve been using this in testing to ensure a search result always returns results.

/Showing (1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9)\d{1,10}? Results/

I’m fully aware my regular expression skills aren’t up to par but it gets the point across. I’m told there are thousands of ways you can use this but to be honest, I can only think of three, but it wasn’t a hard feature to launch and quite a few people asked for it so we did it.

Enjoy

Malware Detection Check now Live

What do you mean we’ve not launched a check in aaagggeesss? Well sorry about that, we had Christmas and then went on holiday BUT there are plenty of updates coming and this is a big one.

Last night we launched a brand new check – Malware Detection.

Our good friends* at Google have a nice service that detects malware on websites and warns users of Chrome or the Google search engine that there is an issue on your site.

Now we can tell you as well and we check with Google every day to see what they’ve found!

Exciting eh?

Thank you, John Mu

We’ve had an up and down relationship with John Mu, he didn’t like ANY of our well-crafted SEO Jokes but then he followed us on twitter so everything was grand.

A few weeks ago he posted this

This has been an issue we’ve been dealing with for some time at Little Warden, the dreaded trailing slash!

This has been a tough thing for us to work through as with almost 100,000 URLs monitors we’ve seen LOTS different ways of handling the trailing slash.

We’ve been having some internal discussions about this and we are taking Johns information and adding it to our internal wiki so starting today over the next few weeks if we detect on the root domain that you’ve added http://example.com but your rel=’canonical’ is pointing to http://example.com/ we will no longer consider that a Warning but will let you know it’s All Good.

We will also be rolling this out for redirects and other checks but they are a little complicated so will take a bit more time.

Have a good week!

Automatic Protocol Detection now live!

I know what your thinking… What the hell is automatic protocol detection?

When you added a url to scan with Little Warden you previously had to specify the http:// or https:// protocol for that domain.

NOT ANYMORE!

Now you can add your google.com and we will do a quick check to see if it responds to https:// or http:// and add the appropriate one.

You can of course still add http:// or https:// to ensure to the correct one is checked.

Download your invoices directly!

One of the issues we’ve had since launching Little Warden is sending invoices via email, we use Xero for our management and for some reason it just isn’t playing nice.

So today we’ve launched the ability to download your invoices directly from the Account Details page.

We’ve also made some much requested UX tweaks to the Add URLS and URL View pages but that’s not worth a blog post.

Custom Content checks are now enabled!

A few hours ago a customer emailed with a feature request “We’d love to be able to check for specific content on the page, like tracking code which isn’t GA”

About 20 minutes ago I replied with “Hello! that’s live now, hope this helps”

They instantly replied with “Best customer service ever”

Now what this story doesn’t mention are the 20 customers that have asked for this feature since July.. but they aren’t as impressed with us.

But you can now search for specific words or phrases within the HTML and we will tell you if they ever disappear (just remember, we only check once a day!)

This feature is perfect for

  • Tracking systems that we don’t check by default
  • Making sure a CSS ID or CLASS appears
  • Check for a link on a page and confirm it’s there
  • Ensure nobody changes the h1 tag
  • I’d come up with more examples but it’s 22:30 and I’m tired.

 

Geo Redirection checking is now live!

After a lot of exciting development (as exciting as development can be) Geo Redirection checking is now live!

What is Geo Redirection checking?

Sometimes you want visitors to your website redirected to either different domains or different sections depending on which country they come from.

For example, if you have an e-commerce website, you may redirect your UK visitors to the .co.uk domain and the US visitors to the .com version.

What countries are enabled?

  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • France
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Japan

We will be adding more over time but if there are other countries you’d like to see enabled urgently, please let us know!