Features siteSifter currently offers

Themes and User Interface

The look–and–feel of siteSifter Journal can be customised on a per–user level, meaning that each user associated with your account can theoretically have a fully tailor made interface. Users can adjust their own preferences, including setting the level of complexity that they feel comfortable with.

The default interface complies with WCAG 1.0 “AAA”, and is dependent on neither CSS nor JavaScript — even if both enhance the experience. siteSifter Journal can be accessed and used from any web browser that supports HTTP 1.1 and SSL; any where, any time.

One Client, Many Users

Our clients are more often than not a government organisation, a charity, a company, or a journalist. For those clients who need to have more than one user working with siteSifter we offer multiple accounts at the same price.

Project Management

With any regular subscription you can have up to fifty concurrent projects on-line. Each project can be assigned a specific user, and there are powerful options for filtering, copying, listing, and otherwise managing projects.

An advanced editor allows you to easily change options, and to mark projects as active or inactive.

Flexible Test Methodology

The siteSifter Journal interface is designed to put as few obstacles in your way as possible.

It offers the option of a “full test” wherein siteSifter mirrors the specified number of pages from the target site, tests them against your chosen baseline, and creates a report which you can either download from our servers, or have sent to you by email.

Alternatively you can mirror your site without testing it, or test old mirrors without creating new. Old test data can be used to create new reports, whether it was created through a full test, or through doing each step individually. A mirror can be tested, and tested again with a different baseline; test data can be reported as CSV, then as HTML, or a specialised format — in short providing you with exceptional flexibility in how you organise your work.


Projects can be tested on a schedule, which means you can easily set up tests to run at intervals of your choice, and as often as once an hour. Does your organisation publish new pages daily? Have siteSifter run a test every evening, and present you with a fresh report in your mailbox the morning after.

Multiple Baselines

A baseline can have one, or many, checkpoints; each checkpoint can be as complicated as needed, and more checkpoints can be added easily by way of siteSifter’s modular design. We can create entirely client–specific baselines that will test any number of things according to your requirements and standards.

Does your organisation have internal guidelines for what to do, and not to do, when creating new pages on your site? Talk to us — it is likely that we can create a baseline that will automatically test for things done both correctly and incorrectly — a baseline unique to your company!

Multiple Report Types

In addition to the built–in report types offered by siteSifter Journal, Greytower can customise reports based on your exact requirements — we can handle different formats such as HTML, XHTML, generic XML, CSV, ODF, Microsoft Word® and Microsoft Excel®, ensuring that whatever form your reports take they will fit perfectly with the way you work, and the tools you use.

Extended Reports

The report types mentioned above can also be used with our Extended Report Module, an interface which give you the capability of merging results from automated testing with the data from your own, manually performed reviews and assessments.

An extended report can check every checkpoint in a baseline, and every detail of an accessibility or quality review. You enter the data from human testers, add the data from siteSifter's own automated tests, and combine both with custom texts and custom report types.

One tool - all the possibilities.

Advanced Heuristics

We employ not only strictly formal algorithms when we create tests, but also highly advanced heuristic methods. With this in hand we can offer both formal tests, and checks for more imprecise conditions, aiding you and your developers in finding problems which require human decisions.


It is easy to work with many projects in siteSifter—and even easier to define new ones. Just tag a project as “template”, and copy it as many times as you need. You can even use these templates with the Quick Sift function: define a project to use a certain baseline, mirror a certain number of pages, and use a certain report type, then Quick–Sift—siteSifter will create the new project for you, and use the values set in the template.