Panel Page Reports

Panel Pages unfortunately have a "feature" whereby any subpath of a page will render the same content as that page. For example, if I had a page with the path "about" and then went to "about/gibberish", the page would not be flagged as bad and would actually render the same content as the "about" page.

This is where the Panel Page Reports feature comes in: it has been designed to detect and flag potentially problematic paths, which webmasters can then review and decide whether or not to throw a "404 – Page not found" error when those paths are accessed.

Prerequisites

To access the Panel Page Reports, you need to have the role of webmaster or higher.

Accessing the reports

  1. In the administrative menu, navigate to Reports.
  2. Select the report called "Panel Page Reports".
  3. You will now see a list of potentially problematic paths in the format of a table. Please review each one carefully.
    • Count: This is the number of times that the flagged path has been accessed in the last couple days.
    • Path: This is the path that has been flagged as problematic.
    • Referrer: This column will indicate from where users or bots came from to access that path. It can help you know if there are other University pages that contain links that need to be corrected.
    • Operations: By default, everything will be marked as "New", meaning that they have not been reviewed or actioned. You can then select "Safe" to mark a flagged path as valid or "404" to block access to that path and throw an error.
      • NOTE: The 404 error will only be thrown when you are not logged in. You may also need to clear the external cache of the page to be able to see the error take effect.
    • Recursion: This column will indicate whether a case of recursion has been detected in the path.

Please note that the list of new items is cleared and refreshed every two days in order to not weigh down the database.


Example of a Panel Page report:

Example of a Panel Page Report

 

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