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Instructions for the Joomla Multi-Site Status Steampunk Yahoo Widget

Here are the instructions for the Joomla Multi-Site Status Steampunk Yahoo Widget.

site-status-large.jpgThis widget has been enhanced to cater for multiple sites. A simple interface allows you to add or delete sites as you require. Each site is checked by both an http request and a ping and if a site fails then it is flagged as being in error by both visual and audible means. Site tests are grouped into 'jobs', the running interval of jobs can be modified as can the pause between each individual site test, to allow for slow network connections.

Tests can be initiated manually and the alarm sounds muted by a simple yet elegant interface. This version of the multi-site status tool has a slightly steampunk design though this could be easily changed on request.

The widget has two timers, one is the job interval, the other is the polling interval. During each job your websites will be tested in turn, one by one, until the list is completed. Each 'job' will kick off at the interval you require, between 1-20 minutes or more. I suggest an interval of 3-5 minutes. This is controlled in the preferences, right click to open.

The second interval is the poll interval, this is the delay between each individual site check. This will be controlled in the preferences, not yet implemented.

This widget requires you to have a decent broadband connection. When it starts checking it will send out one check every four seconds by default, this being the default site poll interval. This is ample time for a good site to respond. If the widget does not get a response within 4 seconds and the current check runs into the next, the widget will be spending all its time checking and no time on other tasks. This means it will not have any time left for interacting with the user so your keypresses will seem to be ignored. If this occurs, then your broadband or your webhosting is slow. In this case consider increasing the time-out between each site poll to 5-10 seconds or more, as required. If you are sharing your broadband connection or doing a lot of FTP file transfers then it will slow down the response time of the internet as a whole. Once again you will need to increase the site poll interval.

sitestatuspref1.jpgIf the target website is down but the widget is still signalling it as being green then it may because your Internet Service Provider replaces DNS errors and searches performed in the address bar with alternate results from other providers. This means that a site that is down may appear as being up when the alternate site is shown in its stead. In order to make the widget work as it should you need to disable this functionality.

(BT does it, this redirection functionality is considered advertising and is very poor practice. Your ISP should be told this in no uncertain terms).

sitestatuspref2.jpgInstallation:

1. Install Yahoo widget runtime engine first

2. Download the widget

3. When downloaded it should prompt you to ask what you should do with this widget. Tell it to open with Yahoo widgets.

Configuration:

1. Click on the existing web sites in the list and amend them

2. Click on the '+' icon to add a new site

3. Right click and view the preferences

At the moment a maximum of 30 sites is recommended.

We will shortly have a version that allows more than 30 sites, which is available for a small donation of 10 GBP/$15. This is not payment for the widget but payment for future support and development. The supported version will also have the following abilities:

1. save the site list list to a file
2. open site lists as required
3. open a second copy of itself to use a different site list

Pay to paypal via and we well send the new version by return when completed.Simply click the donate button.



I do hope you enjoy this, if you do please consider leaving feedback. We make these widgets for your enjoyment and it is a kind thing to do to give a little of that enjoyment back. This is my desktop with the site widget running on the left hand side with one of the preference screens running. Click on the image for a larger version.

 

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 March 2012 )
 

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