It is quite easy to get carried away in the design and look & feel of the web page. You want to introduce as many features as possible, pack in glorious images, and have multiple scripts doing all things magical.
Doing all this strains your server, and affects performance. A few of the elements like internal links and poor content affects the way search engines understand the usefulness of your web page (and therefore your overall blog). While you may not be able to do something about some of those elements, it is a good idea to “be in the know”.
You must understand how your web page performs, how you have linked to other web pages and external sites in a logical way, and other such useful aspects. There are numerous tools to do help you do that – some of them free and a lot more paid.
URIValet is one of those fantastic tools that help you do multi-point health checks for your web page.
What can URIValet do?
URI Valet is a completely free tool that is available over the web. No software to install, nothing to pay, and simple to use.
Just head over to the URL and type in your web page URL.
As you can see the tool has the primary purpose listed as “check server headers”. Hit Submit and almost instantaneously get the results of the checks.
The tool will check whether the HTTP headers returned from your web page are a-ok.
In addition, the tool throws out a bunch of additional useful information. For e.g. technosanct home page has a few problems highlighted in the “Objects” section.
You don’t understand what 1.6 MB means? No worries – the tool also outlines the load time for a 1.6 MB web page in typical network speeds. The home page can take a whooping 12.1 seconds to load on a 1.5 MBPS connection.
Scrolling down, we also see a couple of 404 errors. While these errors are not displayed on the web page, the internal links are broken. These are symptoms of a poorly managed website, and search engines don’t like that.
Next up are the internal and external links found on the web page.
The last section is a bunch of useful links that can validate your web page as per defined standards. Some of these errors may be from your theme (or even WordPress), but you should have this at the back of your mind.
Conclusion: I spent some 10 minutes finding errors on my own website using a click (or two). And, the next 10 hours may be spent on rectifying at least a few of those errors.