Comparing Sitebeam with Insites

Insites is the successor to Sitebeam. We rethought everything, and wrote Insites from scratch to be vastly more useful.

There are a lot of changes. This page will talk you through the key ones.

Everything is faster

Insites is 2.2x faster at testing websites, even though it is checking twice as many pages (desktop + mobile, for every page). PDFs now take seconds to export instead of minutes. Every aspect of Insites has been re-architected to perform much faster at scale.

Scheduled checks with email alerts

Insites was designed to test and improve websites continuously. Insites can retest a website automatically every 5 days, and will email selected users about any changes. These emails cover issues like spelling, broken links, search engine ranking and more.

Ignore and approve issues

You can now ignore or approve specific issues. For example, you can ignore the alternative text for a given image, or ignore all spelling mistakes on specific pages. More advanced users can even ignore parts of a page, for example, ignoring all spelling errors within the comments area of your blogs post.

See issues on your pages

When an error appears on part of a page – say a spelling error – Insites can show you that page, as it appeared at the time it was tested, and show you where the error appears.

Sites test in real-time

With Sitebeam, you had to wait for a report to fully run before you could see anything. Insites starts to show you some results almost immediately, and updates them as they are discovered. This means you can see some information – like search engine ranking – in seconds, and other tests – like spelling – will display results progressively, as more pages are downloaded.

Retest individual pages

Insites allows you to re-test individual pages at any time, without using up a report. Typically it takes 10 – 15 seconds to retest a single page.

Mobile testing

Insites tests all pages in both mobile and desktop devices. Insites shows you screenshots of every page in both, and highlights the pages where your layout is broken on mobile.

New and improved tests

Every test has been rewritten, with a number of tests being renamed, expanded, merged or removed. Here’s a summary of the changes:

New tests

Sitebeam Insites
Grammar Grammar NEW
Prohibited content Prohibited content NEW
Survey Survey NEW
Mobile layout Mobile layout NEW
User journeys User journeys NEW
Metadata Metadata NEW
Duplicate content Duplicate content NEW
Twitter Twitter NEW
Section 508 Section 508 NEW
JavaScript errors JavaScript errors NEW
Favicons Favicons NEW
Server behavior Server behavior NEW
Outgoing links Outgoing links NEW
Technology Technology NEW

Improved tests

Sitebeam Insites
Alternative text Alternative text
Analytics Analytics
Broken links Broken links
Contact details Contact details
Content keywords Will be part of Search ranking (late 2017)
Content management Part of the new Technology test
Cookie law Cookie law
Error pages Part of new Broken pages test
Facebook Facebook
Headings [BETA] flags pages without an H1 and provides a list of all headings used on the site.
Incoming links Backlinks
Missing files Missing files
Mobile Vastly expanded part of new Mobile layout test
Open Graph Part of new Metadata test
Popularity Popularity
Readability Reading age
Redirections Redirections
Search engine results Part of new Metadata test
Search ranking Search ranking
Social interest Social sharing
Speed Split into Desktop speed and Mobile speed
Spelling Spelling

Removed tests

Sitebeam Insites
Amount of content Removed as information was of low value. Better information appears in other SEO tests.
Freshness Removed as inaccurate given modern web technologies. We plan on more accurate detection of changes based on page we have downloaded in 2018.
Internal search Removed due to rarely being used.
Printability Removed as inaccurate given modern web technologies. We may introduce this test in improved form in 2018.
Stylesheets Removed as irrelevant given modern web practices. Stylesheets are now ubiquitous.
Typosquatting Removed as this test was rarely used and is much harder to maintain with modern open-ended TLDs.
URL format Removed as modern web practices have changed. We are considering a revised version in 2018.
W3C compliance Removed as modern web practices have made it largely irrelevant or misleading.

You can learn more from Insites’ support website and compare with Sitebeam’s support website.