We use a variety of tools to, in a sense, audit our code quality when developing websites. Using third-party tools give us the opportunity to quantify our code quality and prevent mistakes. Getting a website online involves so many resources that can feel a little overwhelming at times. With that, are a lot of little things that can be easily forgotten if you’re not paying attention. Even if you’ve been coding for a while, new technologies equals new bugs. So having a way to check your work is invaluable. A few of the tools we’ve learned a lot with & improved our code quality with:
Google’s PageSpeed Insights: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
Google’s PageSpeed Score ranges from 0 to 100 points. By their measure, a score of 85 or above indicates that the page is performing well. Issues can come from simple things like using Adobe Typekit to pull in custom fonts or having too many redirects.
GTmetrix is another performance-based tool that gives us a detailed look into specific areas we need to update or change to speed up our site. It tends to offer a little more granularity in its recommendations & is definitely one of our favorite tools.
SiteAnalyzer can be used to check a site’s SEO setup. We’ve enjoyed working with this tool quite a bit since it gives a lot helpful SEO tips each time a new site goes live.
We’re always open to checking out new tools that’ll improve our performance or cut down on bugs. Let us know if you know of any tools we should be checking out!