TL;DR: we've just launched a new version of our HTML validator, called Rocket Validator, it's blazing fast, has cheaper subscription plans, and there's no limit on the number of pages you can validate.
Site Validator has grown fast over these last years, from a quick open source script to a full-fledged application used by web developers worldwide to check the markup of their sites.
Over these years, we've been adding (and sometimes removing) features to the app. Site Validator lets you now validate HTML, CSS and Accessibility on large sites, and as well trigger those validations via deploy hooks or programmed jobs.
Still, we felt that all these extra features were, maybe, too distracting. In practice, 95% of our users only validate HTML on their sites, but they:
Don't validate CSS. Because, CSS should be centralized in stylesheets, which are common to the whole site, so you shouldn't worry about validating CSS on thousands of pages from the same site.
Don't validate Accessibility. A11Y validation is a very important step in web development, but in practice most of our users haven't activated our Tenon integration, in part because that's extra work, in part because you need another paid account with them. In any case, as Tenon is getting ready to have their own site spider, our integration will no longer be needed to validate A11Y on large sites.
Don't set up Continuous Validation. This power feature lets you validate your sites after each deploy, or automate validations to happen periodically. But in practice, we've seen that the validation flow most of our users follow is validating the sites while developing them, and once everything is ready, deploy and forget - or validate manually from time to time when there are updates.
So, we decided to go back to our roots and focus on our most important feature: site-wide HTML validation. And always, keeping things as simple as possible.
The result of this decision is our brand new Rocket Validator, a separate project made by the Site Validator team, that lets you validate HTML on large sites without setting a limit on the number of validations, and at the fastest speed.
We also understood that our subscription plans were not optimized for many users that just needed to validate sites from time to time. Thinking on them, we've included weekly plans - ideal when you need only validate a site for the last days before a deploy.
Rocket Validator is open for everyone at affordable prices, starting as low as $6/week. Current Site Validator users can try it out at no cost, and switch to the new plans at any time.
Checking your site's accessibility is a very important issue to ensure you get to a broader audience.
Although A11Y checking has been a quite complicated issue, fortunately now we have powerful, modern tools to help us with this task. Tenon.io is, by far, the most complete tool for Accessibility checking, covering currently 90 A11Y audit rules and growing.
We've now integrated Tenon into Site Validator, so you can now check A11Y on your large sites. All you need to do is sign up for a Tenon account and enter your Tenon API Key into your Site Validator account.
The Accessibility Developer Tools, ADT for short, check your pages against a series of A11Y audit rules, including checks about ARIA roles and attributes, uses of titles and alternative texts, and also check for the presence of captions in video elements and controls in audio elements, and even check the contrast ratio on the text to ensure it's legible.
A11Y checks are available for all Site Validator users, along with HTML and CSS validation.
Last month we introduced the continuous validation feature, that lets you set up automatic validations when your site changes.
Now, we've made it easier for everyone by introducing scheduled validations. You can now define HTML and CSS validations to be run on your sites, with a defined schedule.
For example, you can set up a weekly HTML validation of 500 pages on one site, and a monthly CSS validation on another. This is completely flexible and up to your needs, you can define what kind of validations you want to run and set a daily, weekly or monthly schedule for those.
Site validation results will be automatically delivered to your inbox.
Sign up now and start validating large sites, completely free during 14 days.
We're happy to announce now that all users with an active subscription will have unlimited storage for site reports. This will be specially useful when you want to review a history of changes in your site, and see how markup validation has improved on a particular site.
Also, on the following days we'll be releasing an exciting new feature called Continuous Validation, that will let you define automatic validations on your sites when you deploy a new version. More to come next week, but you'll surely benefit from unlimited storage when you try this new feature!
To make it easier for you to focus on work being done on a particular site, we've grouped together the site validation reports per host, so now you can quickly see the current status of each site, in the form of these little site cards:
Site cards let you see at a glance the status of a site, and quickly access and manage the site validations for each site. It's now also easier to remove several site validations reports, just check the ones you want to remove and click the "Delete" button, or remove the entire site directly from the card.