Validating a website is the process of ensuring that the pages on the website conform to the norms or standards defined by various organizations. Validation is important, and will ensure that your web pages are interpreted in the same way (the way you want it) by various machines, such as search engines, as well as users and visitors to your webpage. [Validating a Website – WordPress Codex ]
After Completing your Website on WordPress, must ensure that your new website is free from errors. To do this several quality-control measures will need to be taken. With the help of the following tools, you can virtually guarantee that your website will run smoothly.
To help you validate your WordPress site, here is a quick checklist:
- Validate HTML/XHTML
- Validate CSS
- Validate Links (check for dead links)
- Validate Feeds
- Check across different browsers (include handheld computers, Mac, PC, and cellphones, too)
- Re-validate HTML and CSS
- Have friends, relatives, co-workers check your site
- When ready, you can post your site on the WordPress Forum’s Your WordPress for review
Much of your quality-control checking will be done on the W3C website. At this site, you can check the markup, links, and CSS of your WordPress website.
1. Link checking
This utility crawls your WordPress installation to test your links, so that you can be sure that they all function properly. If you find that linking errors do exist, correct the error links and then run the utility again until your website receives good results.
2. MarkUp Validator
After Link checking and correcting all your website errors, go to MarkUp Validator and Enter the URL for your home page into the Address text box and then click Check.
If you discover that your theme contains markup errors, you will need to fix these problems, and then run the validator again until your website is found to be error-free.
Other HTML – Validation Resources
- W3C’s Collection of Validators
- W3C Tidy Online
- Silk Tide Online Validator for Errors and Accessibility
- Windows GUI Interface for TIDY
- Site Report Card Validator
- Valet Webthing.com
- The W3C’s HTML Validation Service (URL and upload)
- Watson Addy’s Validator
- Alpine Internet HTML Validator
- AnyBrowser’s HTML Validation
- Cynthia Says Validator
- HTMLvalidator.com’s Validator
- Software QA and Testing Resource Center
- W3.org Tidy Validator
- Validated WordPress Plugin
3. CSS Validator
The last of the WC3 validators that you will need to run is the CSS Validator, this utility will check your site and stylesheet for possible errors.
If problems were found, you will be shown these errors and warnings along with a section containing valid CSS information that you can use to help you correct these issues. After correcting these problems, run the utility again until no errors are found.
Other CSS – Validation Resources:
- Style-Sheets.com Validator (browser specific)
- W3C Style sheet validator
- WDG and HTMLhelp.com’s CSS Validator and Checker
4. Cross-browser compatibility(Adobe BrowserLab)
A website isn’t much good if it doesn’t display properly in all the major browsers. That’s why cross-browser compatibility is so important. A visit to the Adobe BrowserLab will provide you with an exact rendering of your website as it appears on all major browsers.
- Feedvalidator.org – for Atom and RSS feeds.
- Experimental RSS 1.0 Validator
- Redlands RSS 1.0 Validator
Validation Resources and Articles
- Writing Code in Your Posts
- Fixing Your Website
- Mark Freeman’s Many Links to Validation Resources
- Understanding How HTML Validators Work
- You Call That Web Site Testing?
- What Every Web Site Owner Should Know About Standards: A Web Standards Primer
- A Brief Introduction to WordPress and Web Accessibility
- WordPress 3 Site Blueprints The Bad Feather WordPress Maintenance Spiel