Check what websites are available for students.
We get quite a few requests from staff 'can you make sure that ****** website is available for students to use' not a major issue, but I'd like to find a way of staff being able to test it for themselves easily. They already have a student login they can use, but few staff can be bothered and would rather ask us.
What I'd really like is a web based form to put on our intranet which staff can put a website URL into a box, that can then go out to the net through our proxy authenticated as a student and tell the staff member if the website is reachable or not. I've had a go using PHP and cURL but I can't get it to work properly, although I know in theory it's possible.
Anyone know of a pre-written script which will do this, or point me in the direction of a good understandable guide for using cURL properly.