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