Why Validate Your Pages?
There are many reasons to write valid HTML, XHTML, and CSS and to check for valid links. Here are some of them:
- SEARCH ENGINES. If you want your site listed on search engines (and who doesn't?) then make sure that your website doesn't contain broken links, broken redirects, bad grammer, or misspelled words. Some search engines may penalize sites that it considers low quality, and having broken links (404 errors), broken redirects, misspelled words, or bad grammar can reduce your quality score and thus your search engine ranking. Reduced search engine rankings can significantly reduce the amount of traffic your website receives from search engines. CSE HTML Validator can help you find and fix broken links, broken redirects, and misspelled words.
- SEARCH ENGINES (again). In addition to the above, make sure that your website uses valid HTML. Some search engines cannot properly and efficiently catalog or index a website that has serious HTML errors. Also, make sure your website is optimized for search engines using white hat methods (as opposed to black hat methods which may get your site banned or penalized). CSE HTML Validator will help with these potential problems and also help you improve your website's "search engine likability" with its SEO (search engine optimization) messages.
- BETTER, FASTER RENDERING. Properly written HTML will render better, render on more browsers, and render faster than HTML with errors. It's also more easily adapted to print and alternative browsing devices like mobile phones and other handheld computer devices.
- FUTURE-PROOF. Properly written HTML is more likely to be future-proof (backward compatible with future standards and future web browsers).
- IT WON'T BE YOUR FAULT. If you build your site based on standards and good HTML & CSS, then it won't be your fault if your site doesn't work with a particular browser.
- LINKS THAT WORK. Broken links can quickly drive visitors away. How many times have you been annoyed when you found a broken link?
- AVOID UGLY PAGES. Problems such as "ugly" pages caused by poor HTML constantly drive visitors away from websites. Do you want your website to be one that customers will leave because of poor quality?
- THINK IT'S ALREADY GOOD? If you think that your HTML is good the way it is and that you don't need to check it (as many people think), then let CSE HTML Validator check your HTML to prove that you're right. Chances are that you'll be surprised and that your HTML has room for improvement.
- BE STANDARDS COMPLIANT. Browsers are becoming more standards compliant, and it is becoming increasingly necessary and important to write valid and standards compliant HTML. CSE HTML Validator will help alert you to HTML that is not standards compliant and that may cause viewing problems for visitors.
- BEWARE OF WYSIWYG EDITORS. A WYSIWYG editor is no excuse for not producing good HTML. If a WYSIWYG editor does not produce good HTML, then it should not be used or its output should be fixed manually. Newer WYSIWYG editors are better but many still have problems writing correct HTML.
- HAVE DYNAMIC PAGES (Like with PHP and ASP)? Having a website with dynamic pages is no excuse for bad HTML. CSE HTML Validator lets you easily check the HTML output of your dynamic pages. If the dynamic pages are outputting CSS and HTML that is full of errors, SEO problems, and accessibility issues then the pages need to be fixed.
- BETTER RENDERING. Writing error-free HTML is the best way to help ensure that pages render optimally in as many browsers as possible. This includes older browsers, browsers that are yet to be developed, and browsers on mobile devices.
- WRITE IT ONCE. Write it right the first time and write it once. Write it wrong, and you may be writing it again later.
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Mobile devices have become very popular, and many people may be viewing your website on a mobile device. Any HTML or CSS problems could be especially harmful for viewers using browsers on mobile devices, so this is another great reason to validate your web documents.
Variety of Browsers
Today there's a wide variety of browsers that may be used to view your site. To cater to this variety, a developer should build sites that work well in all the major browsers. This might include Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer and the increasing number of mobile browsers. Making sure that the HTML and CSS is correct is the first step in making sure that a site will display correctly in multiple browsers.
Different Rendering Engines
Different browsers use different rendering engines so tricks used to make HTML render as desired in one browser may not work in another browser or even in an earlier or later version of the same browser. Fortunately, browsers today are driving toward standards compliance, and proprietary elements like "layer" and "ilayer" are being dropped. So what can be done to make sure that your pages render properly in different browsers and different versions of the same browser?
The best way to ensure that web pages render properly in web browsers is to write good HTML in the first place. Problems that visitors have when they view pages with different browsers may often be due to bad HTML and not an issue with the browser. Furthermore, some browsers are less forgiving of bad HTML than other browsers like Internet Explorer (which can be very forgiving). Don't rely on the user's browser to be forgiving of bad HTML and CSS. It's best to write it right the first time.
CSE HTML Validator Standard, Professional, or Enterprise
CSE HTML Validator is designed to be nothing but the best tool there is for finding HTML, XHTML, and CSS problems in the easiest way possible. It makes the critically important duty of checking your web documents as productive and thorough as possible. Find out why CSE HTML Validator is better than other programs and online services.
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