Any web developer or blogger will tell you that keeping the quality of your work high is a top priority. After all, it does not look great when you spend a lot of time developing a website or writing a post to be let down by silly typos, spelling mistakes and incorrect links.
Yes, you can do a quick proof-read of your site but that is prone to human error, and it is easy to miss simple mistakes especially when you have a large amount of content to check through.
Thankfully, there is a great free tool called Nibbler (named after Leela's pet from Futurama?) that allows you to quickly analyse your website or blog to check for a variety of quality issues.
All you need to do in Nibbler is pop your web address and click test and then the tool will analyse your site and give you a score out of 10 in a minute or two!
Whilst Nibbler is a free tool, it provides a surprising amount of tests allowing you to focus on improving the various aspects of your website's quality. For example, Nibbler will analyse (and score) the following areas:
- Amount of content
- Code quality
- Domain age
- Facebook page
- Incoming links
- Internal links
- Meta tags
- Page titles
- Server behaviour
- Social interest
- URL format
And each test is given a score out of 10, with the overall score being generated based on how each test performs.
So, I ran Ghost Pi in Nibbler and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it scored 7.1 overall. There were some areas that were outside of my control (domain age for example) as I only recently registered the domain, but it helped me realise that I needed to create a Ghost Pi Twitter account in order to boost the social interest of Ghost Pi, so I did just that.
I was also pleased to see that 7 perfect 10s out of the 20 tests carried out, so at least I know I'm on the right track.
Limitations of Nibbler?
Well, for a free tool it is hard to find fault with something that not only tests the quality of your site, but provides recommendations as a result. Nibbler only tests up to 5 pages of your site and only carries out around 20 individual tests, but there is a "pro" version available called Sitebeam which allows you to test up to 100 pages of a website and provides a much more detailed report of the findings.
If like me, you are setting up your own Ghost blog and want to be sure the work you are doing is of a high quality, then Nibbler is quite useful! I'm certainly taking on board Nibbler's findings when I write future posts.
Why not test your site in Nibbler and see how you compare?
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