You’ve spent a lot of time working on your website, you’re proud of it but unfortunately good design isn’t enough. Have you fully browser checked it for compatibility? Or load tested it? The expert e-commerce specialists Transaction Partnership, have outlined 13 useful and free tools to ensure that you don’t see problems with your site in the longer term and that it all functions as it should.
Browsers & Channel Testing
Browser compatibility: Browsershots allows you to screenshot your design in a variety of operating systems and browsers. It’s free and open-source; you submit your URL and distributed computers open your site. They then take screenshots and upload them back for review. Simple!
IE Tester: a free programme still in development, that allows you to test your site with all available versions of Internet Explorer.
Mobile Testing – The mobile test on webpagetest can show you your site on mobile devices. You can select which kinds of device to check as well as enabling video capture, and can make any results private.
Speed & Feed Testing
Feed validation: The W3C Feed Validation Service is a free service enabling you to check Atom or RSS feeds syntax.
Instant Website Test: Like other tools, this can test your global location performance but will also help you to identify which objects are slowing your performance.
Pingdom: A useful tool for entering your URL and returning analysis on your page load time as well as any potential bottlenecks.
Load Impact: Loadimpact.com will load your website and test it for response with an increased connection volume. Essential if you anticipate growth in your future.
Google web page tester: Page Speed Online from Google analyses your page content and provides suggestions for improving that speed. Ultimately this can help with improving your bounce rates and conversion rates.
Links, Security & Checkout Optimisation
Link Checker: Another W3C service, this one allows you to check links and anchors within your pages and sites. Great for spotting any non-functioning links or 404 errors before they become a problem.
DNS Health checker: You need correct DNS settings to ensure that your site works correctly. This test within Pingdom tools helps you to find and correct any DNS Setting errors.
HTML code validation: The third W3 service on our list, the validator checks your mark-up validity in HTML, XHTML and much more.
Norton Website vulnerability tool: This easy to use online tool can tell you if your site is contaminated with malware.
Checkout optimisation: WebPage speed test enables you to run a free test from multiple global locations at real connection speeds. You can include simple tests or include more complex multi-step checkout transactions, video capture etc.
Using a variety of tools such as those outlined above can help you immensely as you either go online or grow online. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the design specifics only to be let down when a beautiful site doesn’t perform. In an ideal world we’d all have an army of testers and experts doing the legwork for us, but if you haven’t, take a look at the free resources available to you. It can pay dividends to use these tools before you launch a new site or any amendments to your existing site. Don’t let your customers be your testers!