Website Investigator is a program which scans your website for common issues, which can range from serious problems to relatively benign symptoms based on stylistic choices.
Stellar IT Solutions can examine the content of your website with our Website Investigator, even if we do not host or maintain your website. This service can alert you to conditions like broken links, accidentally exposed internal documents, undecoded utf-8 characters and spelling errors.
You can then use this information to remedy the situation and request a periodic review by Website Investigator to make sure your website stays error-free.
Our Website Investigator traverses your website and reports on seventeen conditions:
- Pages, images and other files that are served correctly
- Pages that are missing (broken links)
- Links of type file
- Webserver directory indecies
- Use of frames
- Use of image maps
- Links which are IP addresses
- Mismatch of www usage
- Domain case mismatch
- Domain equivalents
- Undecoded utf-8 characters
- Links of type mailto
- Links which are external to your website
- Misspelled words
Pages, images and other files that are served correctly
Website Investigator shows not only what may be wrong with your website but also what is working correctly, giving you a full inventory of your website as your visitors see it.
Pages that are missing (broken links)
Certainly the most common problem with links is out-of-date links due to removal of pages or other website reorganization. This issue can give visitors to your website the impression that you are not maintaining your website, or that the content is not fresh.
Links of type file
Links that begin with file:// can accidentally creep into your website during the development stage of page creation. If they are not corrected before the page goes live they can show up as broken links or even expose your website’s entire hard disk to savvy web surfers. Website Investigator reports this uncommon but serious problem if it exists on your website.
Webserver directory indecies
Our Website Investigator crawler evaluates the likelihood that website visitors can walk your directory structure by taking advantage of unprotected directories. Some webmasters use directory indecies as a shortcut to providing easy access to large numbers of files but this can also be a security risk if it is not accounted for.
Use of frames and image maps
Frames can be handy tools in content presentation but can also confuse search engines as well as introduce a variety of other issues for website visitors. Image maps can also confuse search engines. Website Investigator reports the use of frames and image maps so you can evaluate the pros and cons associated with each.
Links which are IP addresses
Your website’s IP address should probably not be exposed in a URL. But sometimes web development tools can inadvertently introduce this problem into your webpages. Website Investigator points this out so you can correct the situation.
Mismatch of www usage
The use of ‘www’ is not required for your website to operate correctly, but a mixture of using it and not using it can really confuse some statistics programs and search engines. Website Investigator points this out so you can correct the situation.
Domain case mismatch
Domain case mismatch can confuse visitors, search engines and statistical programs.
If your website has domain equivalents, this report will help you consolidate them.
Undecoded utf-8 characters
Undecoded utf-8 characters can creep into your website during the content creation process, when text is cut and pasted between various word processor programs and/or operating systems. These characters can then be incorrectly displayed in a browser (especially for international visitors) or be further mis-translated when cut and pasted FROM your website.
Links which are external to your site
Website Investigator shows which links are external to your website so you can easily decide whether this content is still relevant to your audience.
Cookies that your webserver is passing to your visitors.
Website Investigator has a spelling checker built into it. We can setup a custom dictionary just for your domain, and regularly scan your website for spelling errors.
Contact us to find out more information and see a sample report.