Getting started with Little Warden
Welcome to the Little Warden family, If you’ve just signed up then Robot Dom has already been in touch with your login details so this is a document written by Dom, Heather and Scarlett to get you started with Little Warden.
What is Little Warden
Little Warden is a daily sense check of some of the common mistakes that happen during the course of running one or more websites e.g. robots.txt changes, redirects breaking, development systems being indexable.
We check each URL up to every hour for over 30 checks and report back on any changes or issues we find.
Little Warden categorises check results into three main sections
All Good – We believe that everything is great according to the industry best practice methods that we follow
Warning – We believe that some of these things could do with looking into.
Danger – We believe there is a serious issue that needs looking into now.
If your configuration is slightly different to the best practice ‘for instance if you’ve just moved domains and want to ensure the homepage redirects’ then use our Custom Configuration with each check to override our defaults.
The first thing to do is to add some URLs to monitor. This means that we check these up to every hour for any issues, changes or downtime.
It’s important to remember that Little Warden doesn’t crawl your website for that you’ll need one of many many many other tools so if you put in a URL that’s the one we will check.
You can add URLs by using the form at https://littlewarden.com/sites/new or by using our Google Search Sync tool which will pull in any new sites from your Google Search Console account every hour and automatically scan them using our default checks.
Selecting the checks
Depending on your package you can enable 15-30 checks on each URL, these can be unique with every URL you check or you can just stick with the defaults (you can also update the defaults for quicker checking in future)
If you have more than 500 URLS each with unique check requirements, please get in touch and we work with you on that.
Checks are sorted into categories to make things easier
Once the checks are selected it’s time to go!
After a few seconds, you should start to see some of your URLs return data (that means it’s working) then it’s time to move onto the next stage.
Review the Reds
This is the first thing we tackle in any project. These are the highest priority issues that we’ve found (in relation to common industry best practice) the most common issues that we find are a www to non-www. redirect issue or the rel=’canonical’ not found.
If there are issues that don’t conform to industry best practice then you can use Custom Configuration to modify the expected result.
Evaluate the Yellows
The yellows are next on the list, these tend to be less vital things to your website and mostly just issues for you to ‘double check’. Once again if you have a use case which is different to what we would consider the ‘Industry Standard’ then just use our Custom Configuration to override it.
And that is it for 90% of users, the only other configuration you need to do is add more websites (you might want to read What sites should I run with Little Warden) or tweak the additional checks every now and then and wait for us to email you if something goes wrong or changes.
But for some people, they’d like to use some of our more of our advanced features.
- What URLs should I be monitoring with Little Warden
- Setting up & Customising Notifications
- Synchronizing URLs with Google Search Console
- Using Custom Configurations
- Forcing a country check
- Using the Little Warden API
- Dealing with Security Software Blocks