On the internet, a ping involves sending a packet of data to an internet address. The destination server responds to the ping, demonstrating that it exists and is connected to the network. The speed of its response also assists the sending computer identify speed problems and therefore determine which is the most effective route for its traffic.

In blogging, blog software can be set up to automatically ping other servers when the blog is updated (so blog search engines and aggregators can offer frequently updated blog content).

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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