Sep 05

Firefox for Analysis

This is a little bit of a foundational post, but one crucial tool of the web analyst is firefox. Several of the tools referenced here require firefox, so get firefox now!

Get Firefox!

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is also foundational, but the assumption is that you already use it. It is also extensible, but few have bothered to create free useful tools for Web analysts.

Sep 05

Jobs in My Network

Sep 05

Can you recommend a good text/code editor?

There are many fine free text/code editors out there. I recommend “Crimson Editor,” which is a richly featured tool to view code and edit it.

Update: after some additional research, I also recommend PSPad.

With this Windows tweak, you can use your new favorite tool as the viewer for “View Source” in Internet explorer.

Sep 05

Sorry, I can’t open your PSD/Photoshop file – Irfanview

How many times do you hear that somebody can’t view a Photoshop file because they don’t have Photoshop installed?

The solution is Irfanview, a freeware graphics viewer. Have them install it, and they’ll be able to take a quick peek at the file (but not manipulate it).

Sep 05

What is in my site?

A frequent question the web analyst has to answer is “what is in my site?” If you have access to the developer or the site’s server, you can easily create an outline of the site’s content.

Often, however, you’ll be limited to analyzing the site from a visitor’s standpoint. That’s where spider software comes in.

There are many good spiders available, but the most reliable and helpful is “Xenu Link Sleuth.” Despite the odd name, Xenu is a solid tool that spiders the whole site and creates useful reports for site structure and errors.

Tip: the report in HTML can take a long time to write and load in a browser (for large sites). I usually skip this step, and export as csv instead. Then I manipulate the csv results in Excel.

Sep 05

About Web Analyst

AG00595 Web analysis: the analysis of web sites from either the customer’s or the webmaster’s point of view.

This blog is dedicated to illustrate various methods and tools of web analysis for the benefit of those who make understanding web sites their profession or their hobby.

Sep 05

A tool to perform repeat data entry testing into a Web form

The “Scribe” extension in Firefox allows to save form entries before form submission (File/Save Entry) and then reload it again later on on the same page (File/Open entry). You can have multiple data sets for the same Web page.

This has great value on e-commerce projects, where tedious form information has to be reentered often.

https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=102 (Get Firefox first)