Understanding a Website Audit Report

Website Design & Development for Tradesmen and Companies that need a Website to display on Checkatrade and to rank locally with.

About Our Website Audit Report

Getting your site audited and tested for on-page SEO factors and bugs in your website’s design is an essential part of creating and maintaining an SME/Social Enterprise Website.

So your website has just been built, just about to be rebuilt, or your site has been live for a while, and you want to check that serious errors haven’t crept into your site’s content and structure, We Build The Web can help.

We’ll conduct an audit of your site’s content and structure to discover broken links, HTML/CSS errors and errors with the site’s on-page SEO factors such as META information not being adequate for SEO purposes.

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The following guide describes what we test for with explanations of what the different tests mean and how to fix any issues that crop up:

INDEXING AND CRAWLABILITY

Firstly, we’ll check your site for indexing and ‘crawl ability issues and start by searching for any 404 page not found errors and website 5xx errors.

RESOURCES WITH 4XX STATUS CODE

404 errors are often caused by the URLs of pages changing or content being removed or moved.

When you get a new version of your site built, there may be links from other sites to old URLs from the old version of your website.

There are a couple of ways of eliminating these:

  1. First off, install a WordPress redirection plug-in and redirect the URL’s from the old URLs to the new content or suitable related content on your new website. Preferably use a plug-in that automatically notices changes to your site’s URLs so that your site redirect rules get created whenever you change a page or post’s URL. This will ensure that visitors to your site using an old URL are automatically redirected to the new or related content on your site.
  2. Make sure you create a custom 404 error page so that users are automatically taken to a custom 404 error page that both tells the person who has tried to find a page that no longer exists that the site can’t find the page (or post) that they were looking for.
  3. You could also add a sitemap to this custom 404 error page to help your visitors find the page or content they were looking for.
  4. You could also add a search box to this custom 404 error page if visitors want to search your website for the content they’re looking for.

RESOURCES WITH 5XX STATUS CODE

A website error code starting with a ‘5’ appears when the server on which a site is hosted fails to fulfil a request. It also tells the user that the server is aware that there’s been an error.

There are different 5nn error codes that users of the internet might come across, and here’s an overview of the most common that you could come across:

500 INTERNAL SERVER ERROR MESSAGE

When the server has encountered an unexpected problem that stops it from displaying the requested content by the website visitor, it will display a 500 error message.

501 NOT IMPLEMENTED ERROR MESSAGE

A server will generate a 501 error message when it doesn’t support the functionality used on a website, so it cannot process a request or when the server doesn’t recognise the request made.

This error code also means that your server isn’t currently able to support and request, but it could be available in the future.

502 BAD GATEWAY ERROR MESSAGE

This error occurs when a server is being used as a gateway or proxy to another server/location. It has received an erroneous response from the server or is trying to access it while processing the request.

503 SERVICE UNAVAILABLE ERROR MESSAGE

If a server is struggling to process or cope with a request, it’ll display this error message. This error message means that the server is temporarily unable to complete the request. Usually, because the server doesn’t have sufficient resources to process the request.

So, if you’re getting this error, you might need to check that your web server has the CPU or memory resources to run your site.

It could also be down to a poorly coded plug-in, so another way of fixing error messages with this code is to use a more server-friendly plug-in or technology.

504 GATEWAY TIMEOUT ERROR MESSAGE

This error is displayed when, while acting as a gateway or proxy, the server didn’t get a response from the server that it’s sent a request to quickly enough.

505 HTTP VERSION NOT SUPPORTED ERROR MESSAGE

This error message is shown when a server doesn’t support the specified HTTP protocol version used in the request, but this response will frequently contain details of why the HTTP protocol version isn’t supported.

506 VARIANT ALSO NEGOTIATES

When a server has an error in its configuration, and its chosen variant resources are intended to negotiate with a ‘transparent process, it will display this error message.

507 INSUFFICIENT STORAGE ERROR MESSAGE

This error message is usually generated by the server when a method couldn’t be completed due to it being unable to store and complete a request.

This is similar to the 503 error message in that it usually means that the issue is temporary and that this has come about because of user interaction with a web app or function on the server.

508 LOOP DETECTED ERROR MESSAGE

This error is usually displayed when there is an infinite loop problem with the server’s configuration. This is often linked to redirects that have been added to the server or web app’s configuration, which infers that the whole process has failed.

511 NETWORK AUTHENTICATION REQUIRED ERROR MESSAGE

This error is displayed when a client needs to be authenticated by the server to access a resource or area on a network. It will usually show a link to a resource that enables a website visitor to enter their user credentials.

HOW 5XX IS DEALT WITH BY GOOGLE AND OTHER SEARCH ENGINES:

Google doesn’t like 5xx error codes and will commonly lower a site’s rankings or drop it from its index entirely if it comes across them as it stops Google from crawling your site correctly.

So, it is well worth fixing these errors and thoroughly researching the cause(s) of these 5xx error messages. Still, unfortunately, they are often quite tricky errors to fix on a website, so it may be worth contacting your developer or web host to get support with fixing them.

However, you must fix 5xx errors as they are such a major factor to Google’s bots that not fixing them could have serious consequences for your site’s SEO and rankings.

Keep in Mind:

Keep in mind that quite often, with WordPress websites, these errors are caused by a plug-in that you’ve used in your site’s development.

A common method of finding out which plug-ins are causing a 5xx error message is to deactivate all of your plug-ins—then testing the area where the error occurred, gradually re-activating plug-ins one by one and testing the problem area on your site after each plug-in as been re-activated.

When the 5xx error message appears again, you will have a better idea of which plug-in is causing the issue. To get the plug-in to validate, you should seek support from the plug-in’s developer, or you should find a different plug-in that provides the same functionality but that does validate.

RESOURCES RESTRICTED FROM INDEXING

This will crop up when your server or WordPress site has been set up to not allow a particular resource to be ‘indexed’, which means that if Google comes across this resource, it won’t crawl it and add it to its index.

404 PAGE SET UP CORRECTLY

We’ll test your website for this and tell you whether you’ve correctly configured a 404 error page that has been correctly set up.

ROBOTS.TXT FILE

We’ll test whether your site has a robots.txt file added to the site.

A robots.txt file tells search engines and search engine crawlers which pages & files it is allowed to crawl or request from your site, and this is the industry standard for stopping a site’s resources or content from being crawled.

.XML SITEMAP

Adding an XML site map to your site is the best method of ensuring that all of your site’s pages are considered for being included in search engines’ indexes and is a file that contains a list of all pages on your site that a search engine should crawl.

If your website doesn’t currently have an XML site map, you should often create one and add it to your site yourself or, if your site is built with WordPress, you can install a plug-in that automatically generates this.

At We Build The Web, we usually use Yoast SEO, which automatically generates an XML site map for the site.

We recommend that you set up accounts with Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools and submit a link to your site’s XML site map to them so that they crawl and index as much of your site’s content as possible.

REDIRECTS

When we test your website, we’ll also test for whether the site has any 301 or 302 redirects configured. Too many redirects can slow a website down, so we recommend that you use these sparingly.

This section of our reports cover the following redirect tests:

FIXED WWW AND NON-WWW VERSIONS

Google Search Console will view www and non-www versions of your website as entirely different sites. Hence, it’s worth deciding whether you want to use www in your domain’s URLs or configuring your site to automatically redirect your site’s links to either use ‘www’ in its links or not to help avoid confusion. 

ISSUES WITH HTTP/HTTPS SITE VERSIONS

In our report, we’ll search for any issues with your site having content with both HTTP and HTTPS content.

We recommend that all sites have SSL installed on their server and that they’ve configured their site to use HTTPS links in all of the site’s resources.

(You may need to get your site’s developer to search your WordPress website’s database to change any HTTP links to an HTTPS link instead)

PAGES WITH 302 REDIRECT

We’ll tell you how many 302 redirects your site uses. A 302 redirect means that a page or resource on a site has been temporarily moved to a new location.

PAGES WITH 301 REDIRECT

We’ll tell you how many 301 redirects your site uses. A 301 redirect means that a page or resource on a site has been moved permanently to a new location.

PAGES WITH LONG REDIRECT CHAINS

If a page or resource has numerous redirects added to it then this is called a redirect chain. We’ll test for this and let you know if you have any of these.

PAGES WITH META REFRESH

We’ll test for and inform you if any of the pages on your website have a META refresh tag added to any of your pages.

PAGES WITH REL= “CANONICAL”

rel=” canonical” elements are used by webmasters and developers to prevent duplicate content issues. The rel=” canonical” link is the preferred location of the source of the content.

ENCODING AND TECHNICAL FACTORS

We’ll test your site for issues relating to encoding and other technical factors, including:

WHETHER YOUR SITE IS ‘MOBILE-FRIENDLY

If there are elements in your site that are troublesome to display on mobile devices, we will flag this up.

HOW MANY OF YOUR SITE’S PAGES HAVE MIXED CONTENT ISSUES

When testing your site, if your site has an SSL certificate installed, we’ll check whether any of your site’s pages have non-HTTPS links used in the site’s code and content.

PAGES WITH MULTIPLE CANONICAL URLs

We’ll test for whether any of your site’s pages contain multiple canonical URL’s added to them.

For more information about canonical URL’s check this website

PAGES WITH FRAMES

We’ll test your site for any frames used on them.

PAGES WITH W3C HTML ERRORS AND WARNINGS

If you choose to, we can test your site’s HTML for any issues. We use the W3C’s HTML validator.

Many WordPress plug-ins don’t necessarily use valid HTML code, so if you want to eliminate invalid HTML, you’ll have to choose your plug-ins carefully.

PAGES WITH W3C CSS ERRORS AND WARNINGS

If you wish to, we can test your site’s CSS for any issues or errors. We use the W3C’s CSS validator to find these issues.

WARNING: The W3C CSS Validator struggles with the newer CSS3 elements that the latest browsers use to flag up problems even if your code is OK.

TOO BIG PAGES

With this test, we’ll find out whether any of your pages are too big.

URL’S

DYNAMIC URL’S

If a URL contains dynamic elements included in it, such as parameters passed to the URL, then this is called a ‘dynamic URL’.

For SEO purposes, it is better to have fewer of these, and in WordPress websites, you can choose not to use dynamic URL’s.

If you do change the URL’s to use words rather than parameters in WordPress, your site will use the page’s title words in the URL, which is better for SEO if you use the keywords in the slug. They don’t have to be the same as the page’s title.

TOO LONG URLs

If we discover that any of the links on your site are too long, we’ll flag that up here.

LINKS

The links section of the audit we run tells us about possible internal and external links on the site.

BROKEN LINKS

A broken link is when the HTML code of the link is incorrect or doesn’t go anywhere. Usually, this problem arises when the wrong links are used, but it also occurs when the content it links to has been moved, changed, or deleted.

PAGES WITH AN EXCESSIVE NUMBER OF LINKS

Having too many links to other websites on a page can harm your SEO and be seen as ‘spammy’ by search engines.

The audit we run will tell us how many pages have too many links on them.

DOFOLLOW EXTERNAL LINKS

Dofollow links can be helpful when you add them to high-quality content related to the subject of the text on your page and is almost seen as a vote or vouching for the site you’re linking to.

However, too many do-follow external links might harm a site’s SEO. This is because do-follow connections drain the SEO benefit acquired by sites linking to you.

You can get plug-ins for your website that change all of the site’s do-follow links to no-follow links, which will rectify this problem.

IMAGES

This section on the report displays any issues your site has with images and whether there are any apparent improvements you can make to your site’s images.

BROKEN IMAGES

When an image links to an image file that doesn’t exist, it is called a broken image and will show an icon with any text you added to the image’s ‘alt’ element.

EMPTY ALT TEXT

Alt-text is an HTML image tag attribute that only displays when an image link brakes, or if a user has images switched off or uses a text-only browser.

Alt text should be added to every image on a website as it helps with SEO and the quality rating that search engines give every page they crawl. In addition, the alt text should be a suitable replacement when an image isn’t displayed.

ON-PAGE

This section provides details of on-page factors that can affect SEO.

EMPTY TITLE TAGS

The title tag is placed in the head of the website’s HTML and is the page’s title that search engines usually use when they display a page in their search engine results pages (SERP’s).

Every page on your site should have a title tag, and if you can, you should try and use the search terms you’d like to rank on in that title tag for maximum SEO value.

DUPLICATE TITLES

Each page on your site should be unique for SEO purposes, and this test will flag up if you’ve got duplicate title tags used in your website.

TOO LONG TITLES

This test will flag up any pages with too long a title used in its title tag.

As a general rule, Google will typically display the first 50–60 characters of a title tag. If you keep your titles under 60 characters, you can expect about 90% of your titles to display correctly.

EMPTY META DESCRIPTION

Every page on your site should have a META description tag added to it. This META description is often used in search engine results pages (SERP’s).

This test will show how many mages have an empty META description.

We recommend writing a META description as if you’re writing an accurate & unique description of your specific page as it’s going to be used to help attract clicks from a search engine’s results page.

TOO LONG META DESCRIPTION

This test in the audit will tell you how many META descriptions across your site have META descriptions that are too long. It used to be said that you should keep a META description below 155-160 characters. However, these days Google has increased how many characters it will display, and we recommend that you keep them under 300 characters.

LOCALISATION

This section of the audit relates to international sites and those containing multiple languages, so most people will skip these details.

LANGUAGE VERSIONS

This test will tell you how many languages are set up on your website.

PAGES WITH HREFLANG ELEMENTS

Hreflang tags are a technical element designed to be used on websites that have similar content in different languages. If you’re interested in finding out more about this, then we recommend visiting this site.

INCORRECT LANGUAGE CODES

This test will flag up when a site has the wrong language codes.

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What makes us different from our competitors?

We understand the barriers that tradespeople find when trying to get a website that works well for them. We’ll also make sure that your new website is affordable.

We always aim to provide simple solutions to real-world problems and our website design for tradesmen includes everything a tradesperson could need to help market their handyman or trades business.

Websites like Checkatrade are great for generating business, but why close yourself off to organic traffic outside of Checkatrade?

If your new site ranks locally in Google, then you’ll be getting business through Checkatrade & you’ll be getting work from your website.

Suppose you’re providing a service that your customers like from Checkatrade. In that case, you should also get a great site to run alongside it.

We deliver good value, and our to our clients often give us a 5-star rating in Google Reviews.

We are not just a web design & development team but an SEO too. We aim to work in partnership with you in a way that works for your website project. We’ll develop great content, including text, images, video(s), to help your site rank higher and convert more.

We keep our prices down by not paying out for expensive, flashy design studios to provide a professional service at very reasonable rates.

We have built websites for many years and have experience in getting sites to rank higher in search engines.

We will also:

  • integrate website statistics tools
  • Add other technologies & features that will help your website (such as before & after photos and an automated quote generator that interests you).
  • Test your site thoroughly to make sure that our SEO and conversion tactics are working.

We can provide professional service quickly and efficiently. If needed, we can offer a monthly payment plan to cover the web hosting costs and any premium functionality that you’d like incorporated into your new website.

We work extremely quickly once we’ve completed the analysis of your requirements and have planned all of the site’s content, features, & functionality. We also offer set website development packages or custom packages – tailored to suit your website & business objectives.

We work through a 7-stage development process, and if you want to read more about that, please click here.

WordPress Website Development Packages to Suit Any Tradesmen’s purposes

We have packages to suit all purposes. Once the analysis and planning stages are complete & we have all of the content, we will build your website. We usually aim to deploy your new website within a couple of weeks once we’ve thoroughly tested it to make sure that it works & functions correctly.

Once we’ve developed your WordPress website and made sure that your site is mobile-friendly, you then have three options:

Leave your site alone:

This isn’t the best option as the longer a website without having its theme and plugins updated, the less secure it becomes. It’s an option for you, though.

Update Your Website Yourself:

We include basic training on how to use WordPress and the site’s page builder with all of our WordPress website development packages. If you choose to, you can update your site’s text and images as and when you want to.

Get us to update your website:

Alternatively, we can update your website as and when you need us to. I can also offer set packages for updating and upgrading your website at regular intervals of your choosing (usually daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or bi-annually etc.)

Google Analytics for Tradesmen Websites

We are certified in Google Analytics, and I will install analytics and any Google Remarketing, LinkedIn Ads, &/or Facebook Pixel features that you’d like integrated with your site. This gives you the option of advertising to people who have already visited your website.

Search Engine Optimisation:

All of your site’s content will be optimised to get indexed by search engines. The search terms related to your target markets will be integrated into your site’s structure and content.

We will optimise all of the on-page SEO elements and our optional advanced SEO services make sure that search engines rank your site to reach your target audience.

Having Difficulties with Your New Website?

I work differently from most website design and development teams. I tend to work afternoons and evenings to provide help and technical support to our clients when you’re not busy. So anytime between 12 pm-10 pm, I’m available by email, WhatsApp or telephone to help you with any issues that you may be having.

Our website packages include some examples of your customer reviews incorporated into the design.

Affordable website design for tradesmen packages for all. It is just one of the things we’re good at, so give us a call or send us a message, and we’ll get back to you.

Standard Website Copywriting Service
Premium Website Copywriting Service
Custom Search Engine Optimisation Service
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Example Tradesmen Website Design Project:

Tradesmen Website Design

Our Process

We Can Handle It All

01.

Initial Inquiry

Fill in the ‘Get a Quote’ form as it asks lots of questions that we need to know the answers to to ensure that you have the most accurate quote possible…

02.

Project Analysis & Research

This is the analysis stage of your project. This is where we gather all of the information we need from you to start planning your website. We’ll need to know what content you already have so that we can plan what content you need.

03.

Planning

Next, we’ll plan all of the content and rough structure that you’re going to need for your new site and so we know exactly what we need. By the end of this stage, we’ll have a plan for how the site is going to be structured ready for the design stage.

04.

Design

We’ll design some mockups for your new website’s design and get your approval before starting to design the site’s pages and other content such as images.

05.

Content

If you require us to write the content for your website, we’ll get that written by professional copywriters and this will be optimised for search engines.

06.

Development

At this stage, we’ll start developing your website’s theme and page layouts and then add the content created in the design & content stages to your new website.

07.

Testing

Once the site’s built, we’ll move into the testing and initial optimisation stage. It’s at this point where we’ll be looking for errors and bugs in the site to ensure that your site displays correctly on all devices and works correctly.

08.

Deploy

By this point, we’ll have done a lot of work on your new website so it’s now ready for deployment at its final location and once this migration is complete, we’ll make your website live to the world!

09.

Maintain, Grow, & Optimise

Using Google Analytics to track visitors to your website, we’ll look at how visitors are using your website and we’ll discover and optimise your site to increase the number of visitors to your site and improve the number of visitors who convert to paying customers.

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