There are a lot of changes. This page will talk you through the key ones.
Everything is faster
Insites is 2.2x faster at testing websites, even though it is checking twice as many pages (desktop + mobile, for every page). PDFs now take seconds to export instead of minutes. Every aspect of Insites has been re-architected to perform much faster at scale.
Scheduled checks with email alerts
Insites was designed to test and improve websites continuously. Insites can retest a website automatically every 5 days, and will email selected users about any changes. These emails cover issues like spelling, broken links, search engine ranking and more.
Ignore and approve issues
You can now ignore or approve specific issues. For example, you can ignore the alternative text for a given image, or ignore all spelling mistakes on specific pages. More advanced users can even ignore parts of a page, for example, ignoring all spelling errors within the comments area of your blogs post.
See issues on your pages
When an error appears on part of a page – say a spelling error – Insites can show you that page, as it appeared at the time it was tested, and show you where the error appears.
Sites test in real-time
With Sitebeam, you had to wait for a report to fully run before you could see anything. Insites starts to show you some results almost immediately, and updates them as they are discovered. This means you can see some information – like search engine ranking – in seconds, and other tests – like spelling – will display results progressively, as more pages are downloaded.
Retest individual pages
Insites allows you to re-test individual pages at any time, without using up a report. Typically it takes 10 – 15 seconds to retest a single page.
Insites tests all pages in both mobile and desktop devices. Insites shows you screenshots of every page in both, and highlights the pages where your layout is broken on mobile.
New and improved tests
Every test has been rewritten, with a number of tests being renamed, expanded, merged or removed. Here’s a summary of the changes:
|Prohibited content||Prohibited content NEW|
|Mobile layout||Mobile layout NEW|
|User journeys||User journeys NEW|
|Duplicate content||Duplicate content NEW|
|WCAG 2.0||WCAG 2.0 NEW|
|Section 508||Section 508 NEW|
|Server behavior||Server behavior NEW|
|Outgoing links||Outgoing links NEW|
|Alternative text||Alternative text|
|Broken links||Broken links|
|Contact details||Contact details|
|Content keywords||Will be part of Search ranking (late 2017)|
|Content management||Part of the new Technology test|
|Cookie law||Cookie law|
|Error pages||Part of new Broken pages test|
|Headings||[BETA] flags pages without an H1 and provides a list of all headings used on the site.|
|Missing files||Missing files|
|Mobile||Vastly expanded part of new Mobile layout test|
|Open Graph||Part of new Metadata test|
|Search engine results||Part of new Metadata test|
|Search ranking||Search ranking|
|Social interest||Social sharing|
|Speed||Split into Desktop speed and Mobile speed|
|Amount of content||Removed as information was of low value. Better information appears in other SEO tests.|
|Freshness||Removed as inaccurate given modern web technologies. We plan on more accurate detection of changes based on page we have downloaded in 2018.|
|Internal search||Removed due to rarely being used.|
|Printability||Removed as inaccurate given modern web technologies. We may introduce this test in improved form in 2018.|
|Stylesheets||Removed as irrelevant given modern web practices. Stylesheets are now ubiquitous.|
|Typosquatting||Removed as this test was rarely used and is much harder to maintain with modern open-ended TLDs.|
|URL format||Removed as modern web practices have changed. We are considering a revised version in 2018.|
|W3C compliance||Removed as modern web practices have made it largely irrelevant or misleading.|