A change to our Search Console Importing

Today we’ve pushed out a small tweak to how we import URLs from Search Console.

The change comes down to how Google views ‘sites’ in Search Console for example;

  • http://example.com
  • http://www.example.com
  • https://www.example.com
  • https://example.com

These URLs would all be considered separate sites with GSC (or WMT as all the cool kids call it) and if we import 4 sites for the same URL then that just becomes a pain in the arse for everyone involved.

As far as Little Warden is concerned.. if you added the https:// version which renders, we check all the other URLs by default so there is no need to add them.

So from now on, we don’t import them automatically we just pick the one which renders and import that one (you can force these to be importing by switching auto sync to manual checks).

 

 

Papa’s Got A Brand New Changelog

Over the past few weeks, as well as eating cake and sponsoring conferences, we’ve been working on some backend changes to our system to enable things like hourly checking.

BUT it’s been a while since we launched anything VISUAL so I’d like to present to your our latest update – Recent Changes is now colour coded and in a timeline.

But Dom?

I hear you ask 

This is just a Balsamiq mockup of the feature and not a screenshot of the application in situ

A very good point.

and?

Well, If I wanted a screenshot of the website I’d either have to redact some customer data OR spend a few hours mocking up some fake changes on some generic websites and to be honest, not enough people read this blog to make it worthwhile and the mockup looks pretty close to the final feature

Well that makes total sense, thank you for your reasonable answer, I shall go and look at that feature now

No problem.

So head on over to https://littlewarden.com/change-history and see whats happening. This report will also update your daily changelog to make it a bit easier to see and understand.

Change History now active!

Add this to the list of ‘things we should have done quicker than 8 months after we launched’

You can now view a complete change History of the checks on sites you are monitoring.

Nothing much else to add here right? Just go and use it!

Force a country with our daily checks

A few months ago we introduced GeoRedirect checking to allow you to check a URL from a specific country and ensure that the redirects work.

Now we allow you to force a specific country to do the other checks.

The logical question to ask would be why didn’t you launch this at the same time as the GeoRedirect changes and to be honest, I don’t have a good answer for that.

But it’s launched now!

 

Element Level Change Monitoring now live!

I know, that’s a bit of a mouthful but trust me, this is a pretty cool feature (although you’re talking to a man who gets excited about a www. to non www. redirect to let’s have some context).

Other than the one we won’t be doing, this has been our most requested feature so far, the ability to track a CSS or XPath element for changes.

I’m pleased to say that it’s live now and you can use it.

What’s that? You don’t know how to get the XPath of an element on a page, well look here, we’ve got a nice video to help you through it

 

This check will have three parts and this is part one (obviously)

  • Part One – Allowing you to add a CSS selector or XPath in to monitor changes
  • Part Two – Allowing you to add multiple checks to monitor multiple things on the same page
  • Part Three – Make a nice GUI to select things on a page to be monitored.

Part one is officially done and launched, we’ve got a few UX tweaks and then we are jumping straight onto Part Two!

 

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!

Input your own domain expiry date

Sometimes some domain name providers don’t give us an expiry date within the WHOIS information (looking at you Australia).

Whilst we are looking for ways around this, one of our customers requested the ability to be able to manually put in the renewal dates.

That sounded like a good compromise so we did that.

You can try it out now!