The Free Website Test tools by WebSitePulse allow you to test a server, website or network as a one-time thing, without having to create a monitoring target. We have tried to keep them as simple and easy to use as possible. Here is a quick guide to how each test can help you.
The test tool section is divided into 4 sub-sections: Website testing, DNS testing, Service and Network testing.
In this article we will concentrate on Website testing.
First of all, keep in mind that if you are a new user and do not have a registration with us, only three monitoring locations will be available. After you sign up for our services and create a monitoring target, you will be able to see the list of all our monitoring locations.
The Website testing page has five tests available:
How does it work? Firstly, we verify the server status. After an OK status is returned, we download the full HTML content and check the response time of the tested website. The results also provide you with the DNS lookup time, connection time, download the complete HTML of the tested website and first and last byte download time. Here is a quick preview:
Web Page Test
With the Web page test, we verify the URL availability, then download the complete HTML content and all of the images and other internal web page objects. After that we measure the download speed of each of the components. The test results display the DNS time, connection time, first and last byte times for each of the web page objects. Keep in mind that this test is limited to 50 page objects. You can also choose the type of chart displayed - You can review it in Flash, Java or PNG image. Or, if you would like, you can exclude the graphic from the result page and show only the data and the internal references. Tip: If you want to email the test results, you should select the PNG chart. Here is how it looks:
HTTP Headers Test
What the headers test does, is requests the entered URL and retrieves the HTTP response headers. Afterwards, it verifies the HTTP status codes and displays the received response headers. You can find out more about the different HTTP status codes here.
The Link check test first verifies the URL availability and downloads the complete HTML content. After that, it checks the availability of the internal components and of all of the links which are found present in the page you are testing. After it is finalized, the test displays DNS time, connection time, the first and last byte times for all components of the web page and the DNS, as well as connect and response times for the links from the tested URL. This test is also limited to 50 page objects.
*Note, that this test works only if you are a WebSitePulse user, and you have an active target in your account.
Test Behind the Great Firewall of China
Many of our customers have stumbled upon this problem - their website cannot be accessed from China. Now, why is that? Basically, 15 years ago, the Chinese government started the "Golden Shield project", a.ka. The Great Firewall of China. Its main purpose was, and still is, to filter literally all the traffic coming in and out of China. You can read more about the Great Firewall here: http://www.websitepulse.com/blog/the-great-firewall-of-china and here: http://www.websitepulse.com/blog/how-the-great-firewall-of-china-works. With our test tool you can check any website in real-time to see if it is accessible from China. We provide testing your website from all our China monitoring locations: Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.