15 Tools for Testing your Website

If you want to have the same experience over multiple browsers and different machines then testing your website is vital. In this article I’ve gathered some of the most important tools that you can use in testing your site against various errors – CSS Errors, HTML Errors, Cross-browsing Errors etc. Some of these tools are combined into a multipurpose QA testing application created by companies such as Inflectra, which can simplify your testing practices and get your website ready faster. These 15 testing tools can be a great start to getting your website up and running but do not limit your testing to just these examples.

Validators

w3-validator

1. HTML Validator
http://validator.w3.org/
This HTML Validator – checks the markup validity of Web documents in HTML, XHTML, SMIL, MathML, etc.

2. CSS Validator
http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
The CSS Validator – validates CSS stylesheets or documents using CSS stylesheets.

3. Links Validator
http://validator.w3.org/checklink
The Link Checker analyzes anchors (hyperlinks) in a HTML/XHTML document. Useful to find broken links.

4. RSS Feed Validator
http://validator.w3.org/feed/
This is the W3C Feed Validation Service, a free service that checks the syntax of Atom or RSS feeds

5. Free Site Validator

http://freesitevalidator.com/

This service scans your entire site for validation errors and dead links and generates report status in real time.

Accessibility

WAVE_Web-Accessibility-Evaluation-Tool

6. WebAIM Wave
http://wave.webaim.org/
Wave is my favorite Accessibility service – it shows you the mistakes and it is quite productive.

7. Functional Accessibility Evaluator
http://fae.cita.uiuc.edu/
Use this tool to evaluate the functional accessibility of your web site.

8. Hera
http://www.sidar.org/hera/
HERA is a tool to check the accessibility of Web pages according to the specification Web Content Accessibility Guidelines(WCAG 1.0).

Cross Browser Testing

xenocode

9. Xenocode

http://www.xenocode.com/Browsers/

Using Xenocode you can run any browser you want. Yes, even IE6, IE7 and IE8 simultaneous.

10. Browsershots
http://browsershots.org/
A great service for testing your site on all browsers on most operating systems.

11. IeTester
http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/
This is a tool that incorporates all version of IE in one desktop application.

12. Microsoft Expression SuperPreview

http://www.microsoft.com/expression/

The new tool from Microsoft is designed to help you compare your site on different browsers.

Website Performance Testing

Pingdom-Tools

13. Pingdom Tools
http://tools.pingdom.com
Analyzing your website speed and breaking down the way elements are loaded.

14. YSlow
http://developer.yahoo.com/yslow/
The authority tool in optimizing your website and gaining additional speed.

15. Web Page Analyzer
http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/
A simple yet very useful service that generates a report related to your website performance.

Conclusion

You can try and run these validators across your site and see what improvements you could add. I bet that everyone will find at least 10 improvements after checking with this services. Enjoy and Cheers!

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  11. Dana

    Don’t forget fiddler! http://www.fiddler2.com/fiddler2/

    It logs all http traffic to your site – a must have for testing websites!

  12. Roger Campbell

    Also, load testing is definitely important to prove your site/application can scale as you expect it to. There are lots of commercial and open source tools for this, in addition to services like ours: LoadStorm.com Thanks for the list!

  13. Lucas Tadeu

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  18. Peter K

    Thanks for putting together this detail list. 10. Browsershots is my favorite and I use it almost daily to test my work.

    • Andy Gongea

      Xenocode is by far the best solution for browser testing.

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  22. Leon Quinn

    Possibly a better bet for browser testing if you don’t have the time to wait for Browser shots is Adobe Browser Lab – https://browserlab.adobe.com/

  23. Mark

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  26. Phil Smith

    Cloud Testing (http://www.cloudtesting.com/), offer the ability to upload your Selenium scripts (either captured with Selenium IDE or written by hand), and run them from the cloud on our servers to functionally test your site.

    We record the results, save the HTML and screen-shots, the components, result codes etc. and present the results back to you. You can choose which browser or browsers to use for the tests.

    You can test in IE 6,7,& 8, Firefox 2,3 & 3.5, Safari 3.2 & 4, Chrome 2 and 3, and Opera 9.6 & 10.0

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  28. Tom

    There are some great tools here.

    Also have a look at http://www.testing-web-sites.co.uk/testing-tools/

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  31. Mohan Arun

    nice comprehensive list, you could also add – crossbrowsertesting.com, which allows you to test your website in various browsers in different platforms

  32. nicolas

    I am working on a new website and was trying to find some new tools to check it, so your post made me quite happy. Thanks.

  33. Justin

    Also recommended:
    To see how your site looks in literally dozens of browsers:
    http://www.browsershots.org

    To quickly generate a relatively small number of functional tests that really give your site a workout to debug it quickly and effectively: http://www.hexawise.com

    – Justin

  34. Joel Hughes

    we’ve not updated this tool in a while but we created this to help clients understand some of the differences between “good” and “bad” websites.

    http://www.jojet.com/WebHealthCheck/

    Joel

  35. Sasha

    BrowserSeal is a new web browser screenshot application that you may find useful. It is probably the fastest screenshot tool available, especially for web sites with scrollbars.

    Fully functional free beta version is available for download from http://www.browserseal.com

    It is under active development and new features as well as more browsers will be added in the future.

  36. SohelElite

    It’s been so long i m waiting for such tools. thanks dude 4 sharing.

  37. nivedano

    I found your site saw a few of your other posts too. thanx

  38. Matt

    Excellent list of web analytics tools here. A few I’ve heard of before, but want to look into tools like Browsershots and WebAIM Wave
    Cheers,

  39. Serdar

    Thanks for post

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  41. ATVs USA

    Each and Every tool is very useful except Microsoft Expression SuperPreview.

    • Andy Gongea

      Do try it and you will see that it is quite useful to better see the flaws of IE6

  42. w3cvalidation

    Nice information, I really appreciate the way you presented.Thanks for sharing..

  43. Brett Widmann

    I really like these tools. Thanks for taking the time to share.

  44. Georg Edelmann

    you are missing probably the best performance tool out there… and it is free:

    http://ajax.dynatrace.com/ajax/de/Default.aspx