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Factsheet

Press enquiries:
press@checkbot.io
Founder:
Sean Wilson
Location:
Based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Release date:
Open beta released on 1 February 2018.
Platform:
Checkbot is a Chrome extension that works on Chrome OS, macOS, Windows and Linux.

Summary

Checkbot browser extension: SEO, speed & security tester.

Short description

Checkbot will boost the SEO, speed & security of your site by testing for broken links, duplicate content, invalid HTML/CSS/JavaScript, insecure pages, redirect chains and more. Test unlimited sites as often as you want including local development sites to keep on top of problems and stop critical issues going live.

Extended description

Checkbot is a powerful website auditing tool for Chrome that will boost the SEO, speed and security of your site. In a few clicks, test 100s of pages at once for broken links, duplicate content, invalid HTML/CSS/JavaScript, insecure pages, redirect chains and 50+ other website issues you’ll find described in Checkbot’s web best practices guide. Test unlimited sites as often as you want including local development sites to keep on top of problems and stop critical issues going live. Checkbot has a rating of 4.9 out of 5 on the Chrome Web Store and is being used by over 15,000 active users. Join them now and start improving your website today!

Benefits

  • Boost your SEO, speed and security: Checkbot will guide you on how to improve your search rank, accelerate your page loading and harden your security to make the most out of your site.

  • Check all the sites you work on: Checkbot lets you crawl unlimited sites as often as you want so you can check every site you’re involved with after you make changes to keep on top of issues.

  • Stop problems before they go live: Test staging and local development sites with Checkbot to catch critical issues before they impact your users or search rank.

  • Save time on manual testing: Checkbot will effortlessly and reliably test 100s of pages for you in minutes so you don’t have to do tedious manual checks yourself.

  • Uncover hard to spot problems: Checkbot’s ability to rapidly and comprehensively test 100s of pages will reveal problems on your site in places you didn’t think to check.

  • Get immediate feedback: Don’t wait days for your search results or Google Search Console to update. Use Checkbot to get instant feedback on the impact of your website changes.

Features

  • Investigate issues: Track down problems with convenient shortcuts to display incoming links to a URL, page source code, URL response headers, redirect chains and more.

  • Explore your site structure: Browse all URLs found during a crawl. Examine internal links, list all image/JavaScript/CSS files, review non-indexable pages, explore redirects and more.

  • Check private & local sites: Check your site in all stages of development by crawling staging and local sites, password protected pages and sites on private networks.

  • Customise crawls: Focus your testing on the parts of your site you’re currently interested in. Limit the URLs crawled by subdomain, subfolder, search depth, pattern and type.

  • Export to CSV: Export lists of URLs with problems to CSV format so you can share the data with team members, compile custom reports and perform your own further analysis.

  • In-app guidance: Checkbot contains detailed help that explains what problems were found, why they should be fixed and how to fix them so you don’t need to be a expert.

  • Quick & easy to install: Add Checkbot to your browser in seconds with a few clicks to use alongside your favourite web development tools.

Reviews

Reviews from users

Checkbot has an average user review score of 4.9 out of 5 on the Chrome Web Store. Some selected user reviews:

  • Really exceptional. Showed me so many things about the website I’ve been working on. Really fast and efficient, reports and information are well organized. Have used a number of other testers for broken links, etc. None provided so much useful information, so quickly and so easily. It seems like magic

    Lee Dickholtz,
    5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
  • Love this extension! Shows me everything relating to my website (redirects, alt tags missing, sitemap, safety, and more!) and allows me to make sure I’ve done everything possible for a client.

    Victoria Larsh,
    5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
  • Really slick, took me less than an hour to compile a list of things we had overlooked in our rush to launch. As a product manager, I really appreciate it.

    Hardi Kõvamees,
    5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
  • This makes checking to see if [there’s] errors on websites that I’m working on a breeze. … I am so glad that I found this wonderful tool.

    Gilbert Bentley Jr,
    5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
  • I love this tool, as someone who’s relatively new to SEO I need all the help I can get. This tool is absolutely amazing for showing you what you need to improve.

    Victor Contreras,
    5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★

Reviews from websites

Review: “Efficient, modern-looking, surprisingly flexible, in short, one of the best tools for website optimization” Softpedia, 5 out of 5

Awarded “#3 Product of the Day” on Product Hunt on 24 March 2018

Background story

Checkbot was developed by freelance app developer Sean Wilson from Edinburgh, UK. While working as a consultant on web projects over several years, Sean built up a collection of small tools to automate away tedious and unreliable manual testing that had to be done day-to-day to identify and fix website issues. These tools were eventually combined and expanded upon to create the Checkbot browser extension. Checkbot aims to be a comprehensive and user-friendly web development tool that makes it easy to follow current SEO, speed and security best practices for websites.

About the developer

Sean Wilson grew up in Edinburgh and has been a passionate developer since an early age. He attended Edinburgh University and obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering and a PhD in Software Verification. After working as a computer science researcher and being employed as a cloud computing consultant, he went on to work for himself as a freelance full stack developer creating web and mobile apps. Sean has a varied coding background in languages such as OCaml, Java, C, C++, JavaScript, TypeScript, Python and Coq.

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