Why should we use siteSifter?
Assessing existing sites
You’ve been tasked with assessing the Council website. It’s a big job, although some parts of it can be automated — but how? There’s quite a few testing tools out there, which one do you choose? With siteSifter there is no need to install anything — ever. You work with your web browser to manage projects, test sites, and study reports — all of which can be made available via email.
This’ll cost, won’t it? Yes, it will. But we don’t charge you licensing fees, nor do we have a hidden pricelist. Just a number of fixed price–brackets fitted to your need. You’ll pay us a monthly sum, we’ll take care of development, support, and maintenance — bugfixes, improvements, and enhancements are added without the need to download updates, pay new fees, or struggle with software keys — in the top bracket we’ll even toss in a few days of free development time, if you want us to tailor tests and reports to your unique needs.
Quality is more than accessibility, right? Right — so let’s be honest. Do you know whether all the links on your website point to where they are supposed to, whether they are correct, and not broken? siteSifter can give you a detailed report on their status — we can even tailor the report format to virtually any you’d like. Want to import the results to MS Excel®, OpenOffice or gnumeric? Order the CSV format. Want to discuss it in conference? Order the HTML format — and print it using our carefully constructed printer stylesheet.
The Devil in the Details
Does your site comply with BS 8878? With WCAG 1.0? WCAG 2? What about Section 508? Finding all those tiny details that might make it hard to decide one way or another is something siteSifter excels at — we can produce extensive reports on issues an army of developers would miss. Need a concise list of every missing alternative text on ten, twenty, thirty thousand pages? siteSifter has a specialized baseline just for that.
But a piece of software can’t really decide whether a site is accessible! That’s correct — and also why siteSifter makes no judgement calls; there’s no badges to earn, no icons to put on your site. siteSifter is a tool which helps you make the decisions — and it is very, very good at ferretting out the information you need, whether by objective, well–defined tests, or by heuristics.
Ah, but we have special requirements! We must have so–and–so link, and such–and–such form, on every page! Not a problem — we’ll create you a custom baseline, one designed to check for exactly the constructions you need to check for, and produce a report. There’s a fixed, competitive fee for development, and since siteSifter is of a modular design, it’s both quick, and easy, to add new tests.
So you’ve just spent time, effort, and money creating an accessible, high–quality website. Now how do you ensure it stays that way? siteSifter can be scheduled to test your site again, and again, month after month, producing the same format report from the same baseline — without the need to extend your workforce or hire consultants. Create your project, schedule it to run, and wait for the report to be delivered to your mailbox!
Analysing the Past
Your new job is both interesting and fun — but with it came responsibility for the company website; a colossal, sprawling network of pages that no–one really knows the extent of. What do you do? Analysing it all by hand will take years, and the costs do not bear thinking about; siteSifter’s specialized Analytics baseline will walk through the site, pick each page apart, and let you know everything there is to know!