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Simon 5 is coming soon!

Simon version 5 is currently in beta testing. It is a massive update, introducing a much-requested feature: syncing the Simon data between multiple Macs, plus a Simon Status service, a Link Checker filter, improved Find filter, iMessage and Speak Error notifiers, a new app icon, and much more.

Important: please note that Simon 5 requires a minimum of macOS 10.12 (Sierra), and will be a paid upgrade from Simon 4 after the beta. Purchasers since September 1, 2020 automatically get a version 5 license (that also works in previous versions).

Read the blog for details.

Testing Sites without Skewing Stats

I read in the Help manual something about being able to test a site without skewing your statistics, but there wasn't much detail as to how to go about doing it. How can I get an accurate and adequate test of my site and whether it's functional, but not mess too badly with my site's statistics?

What if I have a few sites where there's a login, whether it's on a specific page or a login form on the main page? How can I test that the site works for logging in without messing up the stats?

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Re: Testing Sites without Skewing Stats

The suggestion about avoiding skewing stats was to check a special page — which you could recognize and ignore when looking at stats.

Of course, that would just be useful to check that the site as a whole is still working, not looking at the contents of a specific page. As such, you could probably bypass the login requirement.

Another option is to use a Ping service, to just see if the site is operational.

Or you could change the Method to Head, which just loads the header, not any page content.