🚀 Project Update:

AlertMe: v1.17 released

Today we released v1.17 of the AlertMe site. This release adds the ability for publishers to disable SMS signups through the widget. It also adds some additional language to news alert emails and adds the publisher logo to welcome emails. Read More...
🚀 Project Update:

AlertMe: v1.16 released

Today we released v1.16 of the AlertMe site. New features include GDPR related upgrades and some minor bug fixes. Read More...
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AlertMe: v1.15 released

Today we released v1.15 of the AlertMe site. New features include added publisher branding to the email alerts and some minor bug fixes. Read More...
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AlertMe: v1.14 released

Today we released v1.14 of the AlertMe site. New features include an improved user sign up flow, some miscellaneous UI tweaks and a few bug fixes. Read More...

How To: Normalize URLs Stored in MySQL

I came across an interesting problem the other day. As part of our URL normalization strategy at AlertMe, we have been adding a trailing slash to URLs without file extensions. We did a lot of research when deciding on this tactic and the general consensus around the web was to use trailing slashes for directories and (obviously) no slashes on filenames. See this article from the official Google Webmasters blog: https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2010/04/to-slash-or-not-to-slash.html (I know it’s old, but the concept is still relevant).

We even tested a number of publisher URLs to see what their redirection strategies were. Every one we tested responded correctly to both the slash and no-slash versions of the URL. Some redirected to a trailing slash, some redirected to no trailing slash, but they all returned (or redirected to) the intended page.

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🚀 Project Update:

AlertMe: v1.13 released

Today we released v1.13 of the AlertMe site. We've added a great new button (for an awesome new partner) and fixed a pesky visual problem in the UI. 🧐 Read More...
🚀 Project Update:

AlertMe: v1.12 released

v1.12 brings with it reporting dashboard updates, custom tracking options for publishers, and some minor bug fixes. Read More...
🚀 Project Update:

AlertMe: v1.11 released

v1.11 brings support for new embedded use cases, new button code options for publishers, and utm url tagging. Read More...