Sitebeam 5.0.10

Summary of this update. Released 29th May 2012.

Improvements

  • Completely rewrote the Cookie Law test (formerly the EU ePrivacy Test).
    • Uses headless browsing technology. This means Sitebeam can see cookies written by Javascript and other dynamic means exactly as a user does. Previously Sitebeam had to use intelligent guesses and was uncertain about many specific cookies.
    • Added detection of Flash cookies.
    • Updated database of cookies and recommendations.
  • The Analytics test now detects Site Meter.
  • Added ability to set the max number of simultaneous connections for a website’s spidering.
  • When analyzing Javascript, Sitebeam now follows redirects to external script files.
  • Sitebeam now detects badly behaved webservers that serve attachments with a MIME type of HTML, and does not spider these pages.
  • When sharing a report, the Reply-To address is now set to the email of the person who shared it (previously, it was a generic do-not-reply address).
  • Screenshots are now regular links, and so can be opened into separate tabs etc.
  • Added Analytics debugger for Silktide developers.
  • A user with sub-users can now always view those sub-user’s reports, at all times.
  • Added a new optional spider filter (“URL requirement”), which allows only URLs matching a regular expression to be tested. The only exception is the homepage and forced URLs, which are still tested.
  • Increased the speed of the spider for reports that don’t require a CSS parse (e.g. the Cookie law report).

Changes

  • The Design variations test is now disabled by default. This test was one of the least used and slowest to run. Users can still re-enable this test under Account > Tests, or run it in a Custom report at any time.
  • The URL chopping test is now disabled by default. This test was one of the least used and least valuable – with an extremely low impact on summary scores for some time. The value of this test has diminished over time with modern SEO practices. Users can still re-enable this test under Account > Tests, or run it in a Custom report at any time.
  • Changed reports to be ordered by when they completed (was when they were requested).
  • Simplified the CSS debugger for Silktide developers.
  • Re-ordered the available report types. Cookie Law is now the 2nd (as it is the 2nd most used).
  • Removed legacy assumption that Site Manager was an Analytics tool.
  • Lowered default max spider processes to 4 (was 5). This can be overridden for individual sites now, but the lower number causes fewer problems for poorly performing sites.

Fixes

  • Fixed problem where a Test Server could jam and would refuse to fill or use spare capacity.
  • Fixed problem where some reports would fail instantly once queued.
  • Fixed invisible flaw in Contact Details test, with how empty addresses might not be excluded cleanly, requiring too much database space.
  • Fixed flaw in how some page counts were displayed on the first page of a report, or under the newly revised page log. Under rare circumstances either total could be higher than the actual number of pages tested.
  • Fixed broken link to some help for the Stylesheets test.
  • Fixed misc. typos in Broken files test.

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