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Health Check

Health Check is a tool to monitor technical aspects of the site. You won’t need this often, but it comes in handy if something seems odd configuration-wise. Odd, as in:

  • Going to yoursite.com/anypage always gives a 404 error
  • The site feels unusually sluggish
  • You suspect something’s been hacked
  • You care about search engine optimization

Although Health Check isn’t comprehensive, it’s a good thing to check out when you first install the Grawlix CMS, and maaaybe once a month after that.

So, what can the Health Check show you?

Permissions

The Grawlix CMS needs access to certain folders in your site. Permissions in Health Check indicates which of those folders it can act upon. While this is critical to the system’s operations, readers shouldn’t notice a difference if something goes awry.

If you can’t upload pictures in the Grawlix CMS’s admin panel, check the permissions section of Health Check, then use FTP to change the necessary settings.

Panel files

The admin panel comes with every file it needs — no more, no less. Yet some hack attempts will add files to the panel. I’ve seen it happen. Extra files appeared in a CMS, but we didn’t catch it for weeks because it was one file out of hundreds.

The Health Check has a list of every file that should be in the admin panel. If anything extra shows up, it will notify you in the panel files section.

Access

This file, visible only in FTP, is like a traffic cop for URLs. That is, any time someone goes to a page on your site, .htaccess is responsible for conjuring up the right content. Without this file, readers can’t reach practically any of your static or comic pages. If your .htaccess file goes missing or gets corrupted:

  1. download a fresh copy
  2. Uncompress the zip file.
  3. Upload it via FTP to the top level of your site (the one with “_system” and “assets” folders)
  4. Rename it from “htaccess.txt” to “.htaccess”
  5. Try your site again.

SEO

Search engine optimization is a nebulous topic. The Grawlix CMS can only do so much to help you get found organically. But it’ll try. The SEO section of Health Check warns you of untitled, non-descriptive (extra short) and redundant comic page titles. Um, carry on.

Orphaned images

Pity the poor, lost image files in your site. These come in two varieties: Images that the Grawlix CMS finds, but aren’t part of pages; and images that pages claim to have, but don’t exist.

Unregistered images

Let’s say you upload a few hundred comic page images via FTP. The Grawlix CMS will notify you of these, and let you create pages for them. Handy if the panel’s uploader chokes on many megs of files.

Missing registered images

Every comic page needs at least one graphic, but it’s possible to delete these (usually by FTP) without killing the pages themselves. In this case, the Grawlix CMS will suggest you replace or re-upload the files.

Image weight

Readers appreciate fast websites. Image file size is one of the biggest factors in speed — or, more specifically, lack of speed. The image weight section warns you which images appear to be too big (or unusually small) for their size.

Conclusion

Health Check is a tool that notifies you of certain common problems, and how to fix them.