Before launching a website, testing is essential. This ensures that your website looks the same and performs optimally across different browsers. Having your website run perfectly for Internet Explorer doesn’t guarantee that it will for Mozilla or Opera. With the increasing prevalence of mobile searches, it is also important to test your website for mobile devices. What are the best tools to help you test your website?
Wave. WebAIM’s free accessibility tool analyzes your website to determine if it has any accessibility issues. For instance, it can detect broken links, linked images lacking alternative text, and other mistakes.
Browsershots. This is a great tool for testing compatibility across browsers. It takes screenshots of your web design as run in different browsers, including those in Linux, Windows, MAC, and BDS. You enter your web address, and distributed computers open your site in different browsers. A screenshot is then uploaded to Browsershot’s dedicated servers so you can review.
Spike Proxy. Instead of looking at compatibility, Spike Proxy looks for security issues within a website. It is available for Linux and Windows. It is a free download from ImmunitySec.com.
WebsitePulse. This is a paid subscription service that watches your services, sites, and applications all the time. It sends targeted tests to verify that your sites are working optimally. This allows you to keep your finger on the pulse, so to speak, of your websites. Obviously a more valuable tool for those monitoring several sites.
W3C mobileOK Validator. Make sure your site is mobile ready with this tester. It performs different tests to determine its “mobile-friendliness.” In the 3rd quarter of 2010, mobile search grew by 130 percent. Your site needs to be ready to go.
Testing for compatibility is important, as is making sure your site is fully functional. The above sites, and many others, can help you determine if your site is working its hardest for you.