Sitebeam 4.0.5

This update was publicly released on January 7th 2011.


  • Added vastly more contextual help and explanations to all test results.
  • Added explanatory axes for most graphs.
  • Polished many existing results to use clearer labels, data types, explanations based on user feedback.
  • Added new option to “Spider very slowly” (under Site Settings > Pages to test). When enabled, this drastically reduces the maximum speed of the spider, allowing for some sites which reject being spidered to be tested.
  • Added completely new help system and documentation totally rewritten.
  • When printing/exporting a report without a Summary page, the title of the report is now included.
  • Added support for Google Indonesia.
  • Improved descriptions for the Amount of content test, especially for sites with a medium amount of content.
  • Added a “Total words” count for the Amount of content test.
  • Significant speed improvements when visiting the “Test website” screen, or starting a new test.


  • Fixed bug where the Spelling test could potentially claim a spelling error but not explain where it is.
  • Fixed bug where Visual interest test would show a reflection for one screenshot, breaking layout, for some screen resolutions.
  • Fixed bug where some pie charts would show incorrect proportions for very large values.
  • Fixed bug where the Desired keywords under the Content keywords test could be hidden if the screen was squeezed thin, or when printing / exporting to PDF.
  • Fixed bug where Content keywords test would always include the name of the current website for some upgraded installations (esp. WebScan).
  • Fixed bug where exporting to Word would display an import error in Word, in many cases preventing the import from working.
  • Fixed some typos in various areas.

Other changes

  • Modified schedule for background cleanup processing (less intrusive, logs persist longer).
  • Removed superfluous detail for the Design variations test.
  • Increased design variation sensitivity slightly. More variations will be detected.
  • To reduce confusion, when a score does not count towards a Summary Score because it is conditionally informational, it no longer appears under that Summary Score.
  • Revised description for Alternative text test to include effect on search engines as well as on Accessibility.
  • Made the Amount of content test more intelligent, particularly for websites with a high percentage of empty pages (e.g. those using frames). Generally these websites will score higher than before if they have substantial content in other areas.
  • The Marketing Score now includes the Analytics test.
  • Removed superfluous “Density” measure on Amount of content test.

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