I have been using a number of tools to test my websites, web pages and web designs for several years now. I keep a long list of these tools in my bookmarks in my browser.
For about a year now I have been meaning to organize these bookmarks and write up an article to share the list and the tools with other web designers, programmers, web masters and or bloggers. I just never got around to it.
Fortunately, on the internet no great idea remains unique for very long.
Aviva Directory put together a list of 31 website tools that happens to include all of the tools on my goto list plus a half dozen more that I wish I had had a year ago.
In particular they have an excellent section of tools listed covering accessibility. In the United States website accessibility has not been a major concern. However, in the United Kingdom its actually the law.
I have a number of readers and visitors from the UK and upgrading and improving my sites to comply with accessibilty requirements is one of my major goals for 2007.
Not only is it good for SEO and good for compliance, but its good for your readers. I don’t think any website owner or bloggers wakes up and thinks to themselves, “I’d like to make my site less accessible today.”
I’ve used a number of browser simulators over the years but I also really liked the concept of Browsershots, which takes snapshots of your website rendered on several different browsers.
The article definitely covers its bases, but I’d probably also throw in some type of keyword density tool. I’m always looking for a better tool in this regard, but I do regularly use a tool from SearchEnginePromotionHelp.com (yeah its a long domain name, but that doesn’t bother me if the tools work).