Ping Watcher Plugin

While checking the log files for errors found by the Error Reporting plugin, I've noticed E_WARNING errors from failed pings. I'll admit, my ping list is a rather haphazard conglomerate of sites that I've put together from various sources. From time to time one or more of the sites would repeatedly turn up in the log files, and upon investigation I would discover that the site was no longer active and remove it from my ping list.

I thought it would be nice to have these specific ping errors display in a dashboard widget. So I added the feature to the Error Reporting plugin. But I also thought it would be a good idea to offer the feature as a stand-alone plugin. Hence the Ping Watcher plugin. The 2 plugins are not compatible and both can not be activated at the same time, so WordPress bloggers can now have this feature with or without extended error reports.

This post is for comments, suggestions etc. If you need support for the plugin
– please visit the Mittineague Forums (registration required to post)

If you find any bugs, please let me know.

Suggestions for improvement are welcome here too, although I can't guarantee they'll get implemented, feel free to make them.

For more information please visit the Ping Watcher Plugin page.

Thanks, Mittineague

3 Comments

  1. Posted July 18, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Beginning with this release, the Ping Watcher plugin has been internationalized. Thanks to Ingoal and molona of the SitePoint forums, it also has German and Spanish translations. Other Ping Watcher Translations are more than welcome.
    For localization, the Ping Watcher folder (not just the file) needs to be uploaded to the plugins folder.

    As some blogs may have their wp-content and/or plugins folders in non-default locations, the code has been modified to allow for this.

    Although the plugin uses nonces for security, a capabilty check has been added for increased security.

    version Beta 0.2.0 17-Jul-2009

    * Internationalization
    * German and Spanish translations
    * allow for non-default folder locations/names
    * capability check

  2. Posted February 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    The Beta 0.2.1 version of the Ping Watcher plugin was released August 2009 with a Swedish translation.
    Ping Watcher 1.0.0 RC has no major code changes, but now includes a Belarusian translation as well.

    Other Ping Watcher Translations are more than welcome.
    For localization, the Ping Watcher folder (not just the file) needs to be uploaded to the plugins folder.

    version Beta 0.2.1 21-Aug-2009

    * Swedish translation
    * non-default folder tweak
    * changed Version History to Changelog in readme

    version 1.0.0 RC 27-Feb-2010

    * Belarusian translation
    * replaced deprecated user_role
    * minor gettext tweak

    version 1.0.1 RC 01-Jun-2010

    * Dutch translation

  3. Posted September 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I'm giving it a try on my real estate WP site. We'll see how it goes

    Thanks