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!

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.

IP Address Monitoring

You wanted it!

We gave you it!

You can now monitor any IP Address changes for sites you are tracking, if something changes we send you an alert!

Sounds good? Enable it now!

Robots.txt change monitoring

This weekend we launched Robots.txt monitoring. We check every day the contents of the robots.txt and let you know if it changes, what was added and what was removed.

Nothing much else to say really?

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!

 

Changes to the Daily Emails

We listen to all feedback at Little Warden, good and bad.

One of the bits of negative feedback we’ve received from customers is that we email a little too much.

So we’ve reviewed our email preferences and made some slight tweaks, your daily report will now only be sent if we’ve detected changes in the last 24 hours.

The current Patrol report will default to be sent monthly (but can be tweaked to send weekly)

Hopefully, this will make sure that the emails that arrive in your inbox get a little more attention!