Well after a lot of work I’m proud to announce the release of ThePingList.com.
This started from my last post regarding the errors I was having with my own ping list, and every other ping list I tried from the Internet.
In that post I describe how I started researching every target, and quickly found that most were long gone; either the site no longer existed, was now owned by somebody else, or no longer accepted pings.
At the end of the post I listed what I found to be the true ping list for wordPress. The post has become very popular, but it’s too long for someone who just wants the answer without wanting to read the reason..
So I came up with the idea of a site where people could paste their (or any they found on the Internet) ping list and get a rating – ie +5 for a good target vs -5 for a target that had died 5 years ago.
It took a little bit longer than expected, as I wanted the results to show as much info as possible, the target, the host, a rating based on it’s http get and xmlrpc post, plus if possible the last date that dead targets were known to be working.
I also wanted this information processed live, so if someone entered a list with a previously unknown target it would take the couple of seconds to “audit” it and save the details.
Finally I wanted to write the site in SharePoint (WSS3) just too see how it would manage and perform in a public space. This represented challenges of it’s own, not least that I had to write my own site map and SEO description / keywords solutions. I will be popping some of that code up shortly.
There is still work to be done, but I wanted to get it online and make it available as soon as possible, even if there are a couple of bugs to work out.
It’s pretty simple to use, just paste the ping list in the box provided and hit the rate button – a few seconds later you should get a rating per target plus the info on whether it is dead or alive, and why.
You can either manually filter out the dead targets from your list, or jump straight to the one that I have provided – which is audited daily and confirmed unique and working.
Let me know what you think!