Test WordPress Site For Errors

Validating a website is the process of ensuring that the pages on the site conform to the norms or standards defined by various organizations. Validation is important and will make sure 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 web page.

Test WordPress Site For Errors
After installing WordPress on your domain, you must ensure that your new website or existing one is free from errors. To do this, several quality-control measures will need to be taken. WordPress also provides a lot of details on quality control and validation methods. With the help of the following tools, you can virtually guarantee that your website will run smoothly.

Validation Checklist

To help you validate your WordPress site, here is a quick list:

  1. Validate HTML/XHTML
  2. Validate CSS
  3. Validate Links (check for dead links)
  4. Validate Feeds
  5. Check across different browsers (include handheld computers, Mac, PC, and cell phones, too)
  6. Re-validate HTML and CSS
  7. Have friends, relatives, co-workers check your site
  8. When ready, you can post your site on the WordPress Forum’s for review

1. W3C validators

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.

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.

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

2. 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 would 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 fixing these problems, run the utility again until no errors are found.

Other CSS – Validation Resources:

3. Cross-browser compatibility (Adobe BrowserLab)

A website isn’t good if it doesn’t display correctly 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 the main browsers.

Feeds Validation

Wrap up

To be very honest, a site with errors face a lot of trouble nowadays. It’s not all about Search Engines, but users also don’t like sites that are throwing errors. The competition is fierce on the World Wide Web of 2019 and to compete it we must ensure that our WordPress sites are running smoothly on all devices and across all browsers. If you think I missed up anything important in this article, please let me know in the comments section below.

Noor Mustafa Raza

Noor Mustafa Raza

I am a WordPress Developer and Designer, author @WPArena. I am providing Free WordPress consultation and can help you to install WordPress in a secure way to small businesses and bloggers.

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6 Comments

  1. Thanks for your post! Would love to hear your advice on how to fix the errors after validation, meaning, how to best correct each line of code? If using a visual builder plugin, is that possible?

    Thank you in advance!

  2. Hello sir. my problem is my when i write article for my blog then posting area is fix. i am not able to write anything. visual option is not working and all option is hide. what i do. please help me

  3. Good day
    I stumbled upon your site looking for answers to fix my broken theme and am not sure if you offer such kind of support?

    I have installed a second theme (landing page) on my domain in a sub folder. Everything worked as expected but then I decided to change the name of the folder and moved the files over and also made all the associated changes in the wp_config.php, index.php and .htaccess files as well as the database in phpMyAdmin and also including the below in the appropriate pages:

    wp_config.php
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’https://yourdomain.com/subfolder’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’https://yourdomain.com/subfolder’);

    functions.php
    update_option(‘siteurl’,’https://yourdomain.com/subfolder’);
    update_option(‘home’,’https://yourdomain.com/subfolder’);

    The changes to Site URL showed up in the WordPress dashboard but when I viewed the page it routed to my main website. I then tweaked a few paths and then it displayed an error when attempting to view the site, but at least the URL path in the browser was correct.

    At last I got the page to display, BUT the theme was broken. I then moved all the files back to the previous folder, made all the changes again, but the theme is still broken… Unfortunately I have not made a backup for this installation….

    Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    JO

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