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#1 iamlost

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 03:28 PM

Ian Lurie has an interesting, if disturbing, Server response survey results: Now, with more pepper spray!, 23-November-2011. Basically he developed a web based tool for checking response codes and has analysed the data (some 2000 sites) from the past three months.

Of 2000 servers tested, only 69% got an ‘A+’, which I defined as:
* A server that delivers a ’200′ response code for the home page…
* A ’404′ code for a broken link pointing at an ASPX .NET page…
* A ’404′ code for a broken link pointing at a PHP page…
* …and a ’404′ code for a broken link pointing at an HTML page on their site.

Strangely (or not? ... calling lee.n3o for an opinion :D) only 22% of .NET servers tested got it right.

He goes into some detail.

Which raises some questions for Cre8 members:
* have you ever tested your sites' response codes?

* if no: why not?
* if yes: when, i.e. on initial setup, once a year...?
* if yes: how often have you found a response error?

To start things off:
I check each site on initial 'going live', each page on being published; then test each site in daily increments such that every page is re-checked once a month.
I have found response errors a number of times which is why I test as I do.

Note: the response code checking procedure is part of a larger test regimen including checking for broken links, altered content at external URLs, etc. A webdev's maintenance is never done.

For more reading about HTTP Response Headers:
* HTTP Response Headers, Microsoft MSDN Library.

* HTTP/1.1 Header Field Definitions, W3.org

* The X-Frame-Options response header, Mozilla Development Network.

* Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1, IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) Tools

#2 jonbey

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 03:41 PM

For the average user on shared hosting is there anything you can do?

#3 tam

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 08:41 PM

Yep, be interesting to know how many of those are servers actually configured by the webdev. It could just as easily be 31% of hosts misconfigure their servers.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 07:53 AM

I usually test my broken links every year or so. I've never tested my response codes, even though I suspect my 404 page doesn't serve the 404 code, but is a redirect. Maybe I should start testing, eh, after all ;)

#5 jonbey

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 09:20 AM

well, based on sticking hobnob.php on http://www.seoconsul...rs-tool/#Report I think that I am OK....

maybe a quick "how to test" would be useful?



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