WebCheck Management Features

An important part of site management is understanding what's on the site, how it's organized, and which pages are linked to which. The task of website management becomes increasingly more complex and time consuming with the size of the site. With only a small number of pages this task is manageable with a browser and an editor. But as sites reach 50, 100, or more pages in size with 250, 500, or 1000s of links between them the tasks becomes impossible without more sophisticated tools. Imagine trying to check every link by hand or even trying to track which pages have changed in a site this large. WebCheck management is performed primarily through the five website views described below. These views were designed to provide fast flexible access to the website content providing the shortest path to the information you need.

Browser View

The ultimate test of any site is the way it looks in the browser. WebCheck management starts and ends in the browser allowing you to perform all your management tasks from within it's browser based interface. WebCheck takes optimal advantage of the browser GUI by including links from all reports and forms to the actual page being referenced. With WebCheck you can seamlessly switch from administration to browsing and back without ever leaving the familiar point and click environment of your browser.

The browser based GUI also provides secure access from any machine on the network. Your site can be administered from anywhere your browser runs and reports can be shared with any other user on the network.

Page View

The Page View contains all the important meta data for a given url, as well as links to perform key management operations on that page.

Page meta data includes an url's Mime Type, Actual Size, Download Size, Url Index, Url Depth, Number of Out Links, Number of In Links, Last Modified Time, Last HTTP Check Time, Number of HTTP Errors/Warnings, and the Number of HTML Syntax Errors/Warnings.

Detailed information on the In Links, Out Links, and Errors for each page is also provided. For the In and Out Links of the page a list is displayed showing the title, the url, and a hypertext link to the page view for the page being referenced. For the HTTP and HTML Errors a list is displayed showing the error message and the line number where it occurred.

The Page View also contains hypertext links to key management operations that allow the user to VISIT, CHANGE, EDIT, PUBLISH, and CHECK HTTP and HTML errors. Editing preferences for mimetype are defined by the user using the browsers familiar helper application configuration interface.

Content View

The Content View is designed to summarize the content and organization of the website in a concise format. The content is displayed in a format similar to a books table of contents with the title of each being displayed as a hypertext link to it's own Page View or actual content. In order to more concisely report the content of the site only HTML pages are reported and each page is only reported only once.

For larger sites with 100s or 1000s of pages, a content view for the entire site would be unmanageable. To allow more effective use of the content view, the view shows the content to a depth of three links. The content view can be updated with a new starting point by clicking on the index number of any page in the view.

Navigational View

The primary purpose of the report is to assist in the review of site navigation. Navigational links to home, parent, or peer pages, make it easier for users to quickly find their way to pages of most interest without retracing steps or navigating through intermediate pages.

The Navigational View is a single page model of the navigational links between the pages in a site. By using a single page to model the links between the pages, it is easy to explore links between siblings, parents, and children.

The Navigational View shows In Links on the top left hand side of the page the current url in the middle of the page, and the Out Links on the lower right hand side of the page. All titles in the report are linked to the Page View for the associated url, and the "->" is linked to the Navigational View for that url.

Directory View

The Directory View allows you to view and manage the objects that reside on your http server. In addition to the attributes commonly found in directory listing the directory view includes the objects download size, it's mime type, the number of links into and out of the object, the number of errors in the page.

The layout of the Directory View is similar to a filemanager, clicking on the directory name redisplays the View with the contents of the given directory. Links from file names are connected to the Page View for the given url.

Color Coded Links

Links within reports are colored coded to indicate attirbutes of the url. Blue links indicate a local page which has been checked and is OK. Purple links are local links which have not been chaecked due to filters applied during the site analysis. Green links are links to a remote site. Orange links are links to orphan pages, or pages that are on the server but not directly or indirectly linked to the home page. Red links indicate pages which are broken.


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