It was always possible to use GUI, API or a service to ping an outgoing HTTP/SOAP connection - the idea behind it is that you pretty much always want to check whether it is your servers that can connect to remote services not that you can access remote resources from your local host as it doesn't tell you, for instance, if firewalls between the servers and outside world are configured properly.

As suggested on GitHub, a new thing in 2.0 will be the option to specify what HTTP method to use for pings. This used to be always HEAD but can now be configured though HEAD is still the default one if you don't choose anything else.

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