User-agent string

What is a user-agent string

Browsers and web crawlers send a special identification, called the user-agent string, to the website they're accessing. This user-agent can be used to tailor the reply, for example: when the user-agent string makes it clear that the website is being accessed on a phone the mobile variant of the website may be returned. If the web server software keeps logs of all visitors to the website it usually also stores the user-agent string to allow identification of the different traffic.

Default user-agent string

By default, ContentKing sends this user-agent string when making requests:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/60.0.3112.113 Safari/537.36 (+https://whatis.contentkingapp.com)

This may change in the future, so check this page regularly for updates.

Changing the user-agent string

You can configure which user-agent string ContentKing should use when monitoring your website in the Monitoring section of the Website Settings:

ContentKing user-agent list

You can pick a predefined user-agent string from the list or set a fully custom user-agent string if you have validated ownership of the website. You can validate ownership of the website by connecting Google Analytics or Google Search Console. More about website verification here

Predefined user-agents:

  • Google Chrome (desktop)
  • Google Chrome (mobile)
  • Googlebot (desktop)
  • Googlebot (mobile)
  • BingBot (desktop)
  • BingBot (mobile)
  • Slurp
  • YandexBot
  • Baiduspider
  • Screaming Frog
  • DuckDuckGo
  • SeznamBot
  • ContentKing