“Validating a website”, “W3C Validation” and similar such terms have become common buzz words today and very often make one worry if their website conforms to the W3C standards, and if it does not, how can one go about this and fix the problem.
Validating your website
The 1st step is to validate all your web pages with a HTML validator that helps check web documents in different formats like HTML, XHTML, MathML or SVG. By using the validation tools available online, you can check the validity of your codes, the errors that are present and how these can be fixed.
To validate your website, follow the steps below:
1. Visit the W3C validation website
2. Enter your website URL
3. Click on the check button
4. You will get a list of results.
If your website passes the validation check and is error free, you have nothing to worry. However, if your website fails the W3C compliance, you can take the help of a professional SEO firm to fix this issue.
By ensuring that all your web pages are 100% W3C compliant you will have an advantage of properly showing and displaying your website across different web browsers. Once the website is validated and is error free, it will then show up in the way it was designed on most of the standard web browsers. This means that your website coding now complies with W3C’s technical specifications.
You can then manually test your web pages with the most popular browsers like Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc. The next step is to test your site with various screen resolutions. This will help in visualizing how your site will look to users with different screen resolutions.
Should website validation be of concern to the webmasters?
Yes. This is something every webmaster, web designer or a web developer should essentially look into. Quite often web developers or web masters feel that a well designed website with a good layout, navigation and structure is professional enough and overlook the backend coding. However, the coding of a website is as equally important as is the look and feel of the website when it shows in any of the web browsers. W3C validation checks if your website code conforms to the W3C specifics based on the language used. If it does not comply, it is not considered as “W3C Validated” even though it may be a great looking site in design and structure.
So if you have a well designed website but it is not W3C validated, make sure you give your website the final touch and get it validated by a professional firm that can do the job without negatively impacting your website features, layout, design and structuring. It is recommended to get every page of your website W3C validated for best results.