Little Update #2

I told you these would be more frequent! It’s been a fun week or two at Little Warden, lots of things happening and we can announce today we will be at Digital Olympus in Poland in April! It looks at a great event and we are really excited to head there and catch up with friends and make some new ones! (The plan is to have a little special gift for customers who come and see us during the conference)

Little Updates

  • Whois, Robots.txt and a few other checks are now at HOST level rather than URL level [explained in this post]
  • Meta Index, X-Robots and Robots.txt now have a ‘this is fine‘ button in Outstanding Issues
  • Fixed an issue with protocol workers not picking up certain types of SSL
  • Custom titles will now show up for Content / Element checks
  • We now accept redirects with ports specified (for some reason this broke stuff)
  • We’ve bumped the maximum amount of Custom Elements allowed per URL to 12 from 9.
  • You can now request a Renewal Report from Robot Dom on slack [blog post coming later this week]
  • Our Slack integration will now notify you when your domains / SSL are close to expiring more frequently than before! [blog post coming later this week]

What’s Next?

We are going FULL steam ahead on our ‘new URL’ process, improving both the flow of adding URLs and reducing the amount of clicks required to do things.

Every month or so, Heather and I like to sit down (well I like to, Heather hates this) we sign up, go through the full onboarding process and think about what confusing elements or bits that we can see need improving, but as always if you’ve got any suggestions, send them across.

Family Updates

  • We are heading quite quickly into Birthday month for Heather and Scarlett (and expensive month for Dom), Scarlett will be 4 years old! and Heather will be [redacted] not as old as Dom.
  • We’ve submited our preferences for Scarlett’s school, that has come by so quickly, pretty soon she’ll be able to do some code and actually contribute properly to Little Warden.
  • Our next family project is building the Lego Train set that Dom got for Christmas, Heather and Scarlett sort the pieces into piles and Dom sticks it together (then Heather or Nicky fix it when he inevitably gets it wrong)
  • We’ve put some more videos live of our Half Marathon in Las Vegas then Disneyland trip (…please subscribe)

Next Family Trip?

We’ve booked a sneaky little Day trip to Cadbury World next weekend with a Character Breakfast (let’s see how much chocolate we can aquire)

LittleShoutOut

This is where we try and highlight something every week that we didn’t create in the hope it gets some attention from other people (and they aren’t a usually a client so THIS ISN’T A PAID LINK JOHN..

This time we’d like to give a shoutout to Alexandra Tachalova from Digital Olympus. We used to run a conference a few years ago and we know how hard it is (or was) Alexandra has taken Digital Olympus from an online only event to a physical presence with 600 people and we are proud to be a part of it this year.

I belive some tickets are still available so if you want to ‘Party in Poland‘ with Heather and Dom (warning, they may be in bed asleep by 10pm) then get yourself a ticket.

That’s a wrap!

I figure the URL thing will take a few weeks so I’m expecting the next update to be JUST before we go away to Paris.. but who knows #newyearnewme.

Thanks

Real Dom, Heather, Scarlett and relucantly Robot Dom

URL Policy Change

tldr; From next week, when you add a URL to Little Warden if the host url (domain or subdomain) isn’t in your monitor list, we will automatically add it, this is to aid future development and stop duplicate notifications.

Long explanation.

Wow, two blog posts in a week! Let’s not expect this pace for the rest of the year!

When we first created Little Warden (on a Cruise Ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean) we invisioned a product which JUST monitored domain names for certain issues..

Fast forward two and a half years and we’ve thousands of URLs now monitored on a URL level…. which is fine (let’s face it, it lets us sell bigger packages) but also it means sometimes we have to work around that initial database design to make it work.

One of the main issues we’ve had since adding URLs has been notifications on certain checks like Whois and robots.txt which are at domain or subdomain level, we’ve made it too easy for people to accidentally enable them on thousands of URLs.

Initially we didn’t think of this scenario and did a a terrible job sending them multiple alerts but for the most part we’ve managed to stop this and work around it BUT that workaround was always short term and a combination of feedback to our latest customer survey (you should fill it in btw) and over Christmas we took some time to map out what the issues were with it and what we wanted to do.

So from next week, some checks will ONLY be enabled on the Host (the Root domain or subdomain)

  • Domain Name Expiration
  • SSL Expiration
  • Nameservers
  • MX Records
  • Robots.txt

(Now it’s the internet so there are bound to be some edge cases where your scenario is different, get in touch if that breaks your usage)

Looking at our current customer list, this only affects about 6 customers in total and only adds one or two URLs to their usage so we could have properly gotten away with it by sneaking it in.. but that’s not how we work at Little Warden (plus… gotta write some content)

I’ll send a tweet when this goes live and who knows, it might even be in the next newsletter!

Have a great day

Dom

Little Update #1

We’ve been told that we need to create ‘good content’ in order to ‘build a relationship’ and ‘generate leads’ but I can’t think of anything to write about, so I’ll just look at the commit logs and tell you what we’ve deployed as well as some of the stuff we’ve been up to outside of work and if you don’t read it then it’s your own choice.

Little Updates

  • When adding new URLs we now end with dynamically loading the outstanding issues wizard for those issues.
  • Fixed a spelling mistake on the homepage that nobody told us about (or noticed) for three months.
  • Launched the brand new onboarding system for users to give them good introduction to Litle Warden
  • We now display the Google Sheet link on the main sidebar
  • Each email sent has a ‘report issue’ button to allow you to directly let us know if there is an issue with a response we’ve given
  • Added some pricing prompting to show what we mean by a URL
  • Registered a timeout as a DANGER error in some circumstances that we were not picking them up

What’s Next?

The next thing for Little Warden is to improve the way users add URLs to the system, we’ve designed a brand new wizard with some MUCH requested features (did someone say Projects? what about saved checked states?)

Obviously this is quite a big change and since Heather won’t let me touch any of the code (after the last time), I’ll keep you updated on the progress

Family Updates

  • After a lovely Christmas Scarlett is glad to be back at Nursery and is very excited about her Birthday next month (she wants a Unicorn cake)
  • Dom finally completed a none-Mario game (He finished the latest Zelda on New Years Day)
  • Heather finished watching the Crown series three and The Witcher and enjoyed them both.

Next Family Trip?

We will be heading to Disneyland Paris for a few days at the end of February to celebrate Scarlett’s birthday, Laptops, iPads and phones are taken so as usual, support is still available but any code fixes might have to wait until we’ve got back.

LittleShoutOut

This is where we try and highlight something every week that we didn’t create in the hope it gets some attention from other people (and they aren’t a usually a client so THIS ISN’T A PAID LINK JOHN..

This week we’d like to give a shoutout to Mobe Digital, Maret recently set up on her own doing Hubspot training and whilst I panic at the thought of using Hubspot, she tells me it’s very good.

If you or your team is using or considering using Hubspot, give her a call.

That’s a wrap!

Until next time (which based on the current output of the blog posts will be in mid-March.

Thanks

Real Dom, Heather, Scarlett and relucantly Robot Dom