The 7 Best Tools For Website Testing – How To Test a Website


– Hi, I’m Robin Waite,
author of best-selling book, Online Business Startup, and I’m just gonna give
you a short video about the seven best free tools I
found for testing and auditing your websites. (soft guitar music) So, the first tool I want
to introduce you to is a tool called Nibbler. It’s run by a company called Silktide, and they’ve also got a
premium version of it called Sitebeam. So, Nibbler allows you to test I think it’s up to five or
ten page of your website. Basically, you can just pop
in your website address. It gives you a rank out
of ten for a number of different features on your website with tips on how you can
go in and fix any problems that its found. So, it goes through and it’s
testing for all the usual kind of suspects in terms of whether you’ve got social
media accounts linked up, if it’s found errors,
coding errors on your page, standards compliance issues. Whether it’s picked up
accessibility problems on your site. If there are broken links,
if there are images missing, alt tags, lots of different things, which ultimately all have it. If they’re missing or wrong,
they have a negative impact on your search engine page rank. So, that’s Nibbler. I think the website address
is nibbler.silktide.com, or you can just google
Sitebeam or Nibbler, and you’ll find both of those. So, the second tool, also
free, is called Pagescoring. This really heavily focuses on providing key information
about the loading speed. So, when you plug your URL in Pagescoring it gives you something called a Waterfall, so there’s a load of different assets, which load on a webpage,
so Java Script fails, style sheets, images,
and various other things. So, let’s say you have
like 50 different elements to your webpage, which
load up, so it puts them in a waterfall and it tells
you which ones are taking longer or shorter to load up. So, what we want is, remember
that seven second rule, which I talked about in another video, you want that page to load
up as quickly as possible, so if there’s a large image
in there, which is taking 20 seconds to load up,
that’s gonna slow down your entire site. So, Pagescoring is quite
good at giving you a very quick overview of how
quickly your site loads. The third tool I’m gonna
mention is actually one of my favourite at the moment: GTmetrix. So, why GTmetrix is so
good is it uses both Google’s page speed tool, and also Yahoo’s YSlow tool, and grades your site’s
performance in both page speed and YSlow. So, why’s that important? So, with Google being the most
used search engine out there, and then Yahoo being the second
most popular search engine, if your page speed score is low, then it kinda makes sense
that actually Google’s not gonna be particularly
happy about your site, and the page rank, which it gives you. So, if we’re making sure that
we’re ticking all the boxes of our page speed and YSlow concern, hopefully, that’s not gonna
just have a positive impact on the how quickly and how
well your website loads, but also how well it performs
in the search engines. And their scoring’s nice and simple, they do it like an A, B, C,
D, E, or fail type ranking. So, it’s quick and easy to
see if you’re website’s an A or an F, and then it goes into detail about specific things that you can focus on to rectify and increase that bad score. The fourth tool, which I
use is one called Pingdom. So, Pingdom also analyses load speeds, and you can use it learn
how to make your website load faster. The other benefit to it as well, which Pagescoring doesn’t do is Pingdom automatically traces
your performance history, so every month when you
go and test your website, you can see whether
the changes you’ve made have increased the
performance of that webpage, and the loading speeds for it. Equally, what you can also
do with Pingdom is choose different locations around
the world to test your website from. So, if you’re based in the
UK, you’re looking at your website from Bristol,
it’s hosted in Sheffield, the page load speed are
naturally gonna be quicker than if somebody’s looking at your website in Boston, for example, because it’s gotta cover
that extra distance. So, what you can do is make sure that your website, you can
test it from Boston’s, make sure that how quickly
your site is loading from different site locations
all around the world. Another really good tool is Sortsite. Again, the free version is a bit basic, but it does give you some
basic kind of testing tools. You can test up to five pages. It’ll do standard
compliance accessibility. It categorises them quite nicely, but it is worthwhile if you
want to test your website on regular basis, then sign
up to the premium version. It’s not very much, think
it’s about 40, 50 bucks. Its subscription based service,
but what you can then do is schedule the testing, so that it’ll ping your
email on a monthly basis with a report on any
problems that might have… ‘Cause a website isn’t an ever revolving, it’s an organic kind of system, so when you fix something last month, I don’t know, the W3C
might change their rules, or a new browser update might come in, and then when you test it
this month all of a sudden your site breaks, it doesn’t
work on the latest browser or it doesn’t work on the
latest Iphone, for example. So, having those regular
monthly reports coming through is a really good way of just again double checking,
keeping really on top of any updates, which happen on
a month by month basis. The web moves so fast these days. You need tools like this to
make sure that you’re just up to date with stuff. There’s another free tool,
which the World Wide Web consorting, the W3C, so they
set the standards compliance, the standards of the website code, and they’ve got a free tool. If you just Google the
W3C Validation Tool, plug in your website
address, and it’ll tell you whether the code for your webpage meets the W3C compliance. So, if there are lots of errors appearing under that W3C Validation Tool, it’s gonna slow down your site, the search engine’s gonna pick
up your site’s loading slowly and it’s gonna load your page rank. So, we want your webpages
to be error free. They load quicker, get a
better score on Google. It’s all good. The final tool is The
Wave Accessibility tool. So, I talked about in a
previous video why we’re testing for accessibility, so again
this is a really simple tool, which looks at things
like colours, font sizes, use of imagery, alt tags,
navigation around the site from a accessible perspective, and makes sure that your
website isn’t discriminating against people with disabilities. This is a fact which
most people don’t know. It’s no different to not put,
if you’ve got a premises, a physical premises, not
building a ramp outside the front door of your premises
for somebody in a wheelchair to come inside, that is discriminatory, and you could be incriminating yourself in regards to the Disability
Discrimination’s Act. It’s no different to websites,
so if you don’t consider, if you don’t make websites accessible, then technically you could be sued because again, under the law, through the DDA. So, it’s a really important
factor if you go to the Wave Accessibility Tool, it’ll tell you, making a website 100% accessible can be a really difficult task, but
there are some really simple things that you can do to
make you website accessible. Simple things like when you
when you upload an image, put an alternative text tag against it just a descriptive tag, which
talks about what the subject matter of the image is, so that somebody who has
got a vision impairment can’t see it, at least has an audio
description of that image. So, just to summarise those seven tools, which I’ve just mentioned
during this video. So, they are Nibbler,
Pagescoring, GTmetrix, Pingdom, Sortsite, the W3C Validation Tool, and then finally the
Wave Accessibility Tool. (soft guitar music) So, thanks for watching, I
hope you found that video really helpful. If you want to know more,
then please subcribe to my channel if you’ve got any questions, then please do leave them
in the comments box below.

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