[cgi-wiki-dev] Ping Plugin

Nick Burch cgi-wiki at gagravarr.org
Sun Nov 19 11:57:47 GMT 2006

On Sat, 18 Nov 2006, Dominic Hargreaves wrote:
> Could you explain a little more about what 'pinging' means in this 
> context and why it would be useful?

You "ping" an external service when you make an update, so it knows about 
the update. That service can then wander by and fetch your (new/updated) 
page, and do something with it (typically add it to some specific search 

Pinging is most common with blogs (where you want to get your new, 
possibly time sensitive) posts indexed and searchable fast. It's also now 
being used with quite specific indexes, where they can't trawl the whole 
web looking for the very small bits of content that's appropriate to them, 
so they let that content ping them


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