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Jan182019

Google Search Console URL Inspect Tool Adds More Useful Features

Google has updated the URL Inspection tool in its Search Console with more new useful features.

Google’s Webmaster tools team in an announcement on Twitter said, that the URL Inspect tool in Search Console is now capable of providing additional insights into HTTP response, page resources.

Additionally, the tool also added the ability to see JavaScript logs and rendered screenshots.

Google also has shared a GIF that shows the new features within the URL inspection tool as shown below:

Google URL Inspection Tool Adds HTTP response, Page resources, JS logs, Rendered screenshots

To access these insights, webmasters first need to login to their Google Search Console, then click on the URL Inspection tool, and enter a URL to do a live test, and finally click on “View Crawled Page.”

A sidebar will then slide in from the right side with tabs such as HTML, Screenshot and More Info. From there a full set of features will become accessible.

Here is what’s new in the URL Inspect Tool:

HTTP Response Codes

Google added a new ability that let users see the HTTP response code of their test page.

Users can access this information by clicking on the “More Info” tab, and will see a 200 OK code, a 404 page not found, 301 redirect code, 410 moved permanently code or a 500 internal error code or other web status codes.

JS Logs

Clicking on the “More Info” tab in right-sidebar users will be able to see JavaScript logs to diagnose and debug console errors.

Page Resources

Site owners can click on the “More Info” and then on “Page resources” to a list of resources that Google crawlers can not load or access.

Rendered Screenshot

Google will show users a screenshot of how it was able to render a live test page.

These new Google Search Console features are now available to all users worldwide.

Google wrote, “You can now see the HTTP response, page resources, JS logs and a rendered screenshot for a crawled page right from within the Inspect URL tool.”

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