Found another gem at Rarst's blog today. Is My Blog Working is an online service that can be used by webmasters and interested users to find out if a blog is responding correctly. It works by entering a blog url in the form on the frontpage of the service. The service will then do some magic and display relevant information about the blog's status. The information are divided into two sections.
The first section will display information about the blog's responses. This includes checking the web server's IP, RSS feed, robots.txt file, web caching and search engine indexation in Google and Bing. The second section will display technical details about the blog which are mostly interesting to the webmaster of the website.
The technical details will display page generation and fetch times, transfer speeds, information about compression as well as the version of the blog software and the theme used.
The site links to three additional services that can be used to check out a website or blog. This includes HTML verification at W3c, feed validation at Feedvalidator and HTTP header checks at redbot.com.Is My Blog Working is a great way to quickly check various technical details of a blog. A bookmarklet is provided that can might also come in handy.
The service is basically a very detailed "is it up or down" checker that is optimized for blogs but can be used for any kind of site. While you won't get some information when you run the query on a non-blog site, you still get information about the status of the website and some of the technical details.
The service is definitely one to keep in the bookmarks or as a bookmarklet so that you can use it whenever the need arises. While it certainly has most appeal to blog webmasters, especially those with a lot of blogs to administrate, it can be used by everyone as an update checker.
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