Elsop Introduces LinkScan 4.0 with LinkScan/Dispatch
Breakthrough in Central Management of Mulitple Websites
San Jose, CA, March 10, 1998 - Electronic Software Publishing Corp.
(Elsop) introduces a number of new features to enhance the central
management of multiple intranet/internet websites in organizations
where many different individuals may be responsible for the content.
These developments build upon earlier releases which laid down
the foundations for these exciting new features. LinkScan enables
users to split-up very large sites into smaller sub-sites, to produce
different reports for different departments and to configure LinkScan
to handle multiple domains hosted on a single server. LinkScan/Dispatch
adds a new higher level of capability to those features.
LinkScan/Dispatch is included with LinkScan Version 4.0. It is designed
for operators of large websites where the responsibility for
maintenance and updates is distributed among many individuals.
It offers the:
ability to define an "Owner" for each document in a website
ability to create Per-Owner LinkScan error reports
ability to send those reports to the respective owners via E-Mail
The LinkScan/Dispatch facilities now enable senior management
to monitor and manage the maintenance of documents and sites which
are the responsibility of different webmasters and other individuals
within their organization from a central location.
Other New features in LinkScan 4.0
Added the Indexoptions directive and the ability for LinkScan to
create virtual pages based on a directory listing if no default page
exists in that directory. The Indexoptions directive controls the
bahavior of LinkScan when it finds a reference to a directory that
does not contain a valid index page. If Indexoptions is set to
on (0), LinkScan will report a "No_Default_Page_Found" error. If
Indexoptions is set to off (1), LinkScan will automatically generate
a "virtual page" based on a directory listing and follow the links
accordingly. The default is to create the "virtual page".
Added the Statuscode directive and the ability to customize the
severity of any or all LinkScan Error and Status Codes For example,
one might want to downgrade all 301 status codes (Moved Permanently)
from "Errors" to "Warnings" and all Orphaned Files from "Warnings"
to "Advisories". The user can now establish the priorities of the
maintenance of his site by changing the severity status of links
on his reports.
LinkScan is being used by such large and diverse organizations as
Hewlett-Packard, NEC, Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics, the
University of Cambridge (UK), the United States Department of
Defense, the Vancouver Public Library (Canada), the California
Institute of Technology, Australia's Commonwealth Department of
the Environment, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwest
Airlines, Brown University, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers, The MITRE Corporation, the Ford Motor Company, the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Walgreens Pharmacy, the
Boeing Company, Rueters, Business Week, and Molecular Simulations Inc.
Elsop's studies show that most websites have major problems. These
include up to 30% of the external links being broken along with missing
files and orphaned pages. Why? Because it's just too time consuming and
difficult to quality assure a large website manually and other programs
have been too slow and cumbersome to use.
The solution is to use a powerful automatic link validator to test
every link on your website. LinkScan is the answer. It is the most
thorough and fastest quality assurance tool available for this task.
LinkScan is essential to a professionally managed web site. It's also
easy to use because it sets up all directories and permissions and
builds your configuration file automatically. Most first time users
have LinkScan installed and running in minutes.
Designed to work on both internet and intranet servers, LinkScan can
test over 40,000 links per hour because it is the only link checker
that uses multi-threaded simultaneous processing. Linkscan has
successfully worked on websites with over 250,000 pages and more than
50,000 external links making it the pre-eminent tool for intranets.
LinkScan also produces two revolutionary types of maps of websites.
LinkScan's SiteMap enables the user to produce a site map that
includes every link on a website arranged in a hierarchical format
that resembles a book's table of contents. LinkScan's TapMap is an
expandable and collapsible site map that allows viewers to tap down
through the various and multiple levels of a website to quickly and
easily navigate and explore the website by tapping on a few control icons.
The message to Webmasters is: Don't get caught with your links down.
Don't let your visitors think your site sucks! You can now identify
and fix those problems today. Free fully functional evaluation copies
of LinkScan 4.0 may be downloaded (less than 200 Kbytes) from the
company's website at:
LinkScan 4.0 is priced at $750 per server. Volume discounts are
available in single order quantities of five copies or more. Orders
may be placed online via a secure server. Visa, MasterCard, and
American Express cards are accepted in addition to payment by
check or money order.
Kenneth R. Churilla
Electronic Software Publishing Corporation