Cool Tools – Do It Yourself

There are countless cool tools on the Internet that allow you to check everything from whether your code passes muster, to who is linking to you . Below is a small sampling of some of these amazing (and free) tools:

Does your web site validate?

Check the HTML code: http://validator.w3.org/

Check the CSS code: http://jigsaw.w3.org/

Is your site accessible?

Quick Accessibility level check: http://www.cynthiasays.com/

Do you know what platform your site runs on and whether or not certain services are installed?

Check it here: http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph

Oops! Did you forget to optimize those images?

Find out how fast your site loads: http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/

Who links to your site?

http://www.wholinks2me.com

Has someone been dipping their hand in your cookie jar?

Search for copies of your web site on the web (is someone using your content without your permission?)

http://www.copyscape.com/

Do you work on a site that’s been around a while?

See what it looked like a few years ago in the WayBack machine: http://www.archive.org/

How does your web site appear in other browsers?

You can get a 24 hour free subscription to Browsercam, a browser emulator: http://www.browsercam.org

How does your web site appear on handheld devices?

Check it out at http://developer.openwave.com/ (free download of tool)

Check out the difference in appearance of your graphics between a Mac and a PC ($15 for download of tool).

http://www.thankyouware.com/gammatoggle.html

Check if you have dead links.

http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html (free download of tool)

All photographs taken on location by A. E. Shroeder

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Has someone been dipping their hand in your cookie jar? Search for copies of your web site on the web (is someone using your content without your permission?)