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Set up a QA scan

This article will explain how to set up a QA scan to provide regular and up to date information about website quality. The scan uses a process that “crawls” through the resources of your website, starting from the home page and following any links it finds, to analyse their conformance to your QA settings. A scan, or crawl, can be configured to run at a specific time, by using settings in the Crawl Manager.

  1. Click Management Console in the Project Explorer.
  2. Scroll down and select Crawl Manager. The Crawl Manager window will open.
  3. Click Add Job. The Add Crawl Job window will open.
  4. Change the crawl settings to schedule a QA scan and click Save.

QA scan details

URL

Add the URL that is to be crawled in this text field.

Max pages to crawl

Use this text field to specify the number of pages that the QA module should scan.

This is especially useful when setting up QA for the first time. Rather than wait for 20,000 pages to be checked only to find you need to tweak ignore rules, it's is quicker to limit the number of pages. We also recommend limiting the max number of pages if your site is very big.

The default setting is 2,000 pages.

Max depth of crawl

Use this text field to limit the depth of the crawl. As an example, you might want to limit the crawl to the top few levels of your site structure if you are just starting on an accessibility improvement project.

The default setting is 99,999 folder levels.

Scheduled time

Enter the time you want the QA scan to start into the text field in (HH:MM) format. When you first enable a crawl job, this time is randomised. We recommend that your scan be set to run outside of your backup window and working hours: typically at night.

Frequency

Enter the frequency (in days) of how often the QA scan should run. The default setting of every 7 days is sufficient in most cases. Individual page checks are run on an ad hoc basis.

Include subdomains

Check the box to instruct the Crawl Manager to follow links that are subdomains of your actual site. For example, if you had a QA scan set up for www.contensis.co.uk and wanted to include subdomains, any links found to support.contensis.co.uk will be followed and quality checked in the same way as www.contensis.co.uk.

You can exclude specific subdomains in the Exclusions box below if required.

Advanced settings

Use Authentication

If you have secure areas on your site and want these to be scanned, check the Use Authentication checkbox and set a user ID.

User ID

With the Use Authentication checkbox checked, enter a Contensis User ID in this text field to allow the scan to work as though it were an authenticated user and view secured pages.

Most people enabling this setting use an ID of 1 (the systems administration user). If you want to specify a different user you can find their ID number in the User Management table, within the Management Console.

The default user ID is set to 0.

Exclusions

Use the text fields to specify exclusion rules for pages or HTML codes, the rule is in the form of a regular expression. Exclusion rules can be based on querystrings or full URLs, giving you the flexibility to exclude pages with a broad stroke or in fine detail.

The defaults are:

  • .*download=DownloadasPDFlink.*
  • .*EventsCalendar__EventDateSpan=ALL.*
  • .*/tags.*
  • .*Logout=true.*

Quality Assurance settings

Use the Enable Quality Assurance Checks checkbox to toggle each scan on or off.

Accessibility Standard

Use the dropdown to select the WCAG 2.0 accessibility standard that you want your website to conform to. The default is AAA.

Maximum page size

Enter a numerical value in the text field to limit the maximum page size.

Default is 81920 bytes (80kb).

Maximum total size

Enter a numerical value in the text field to limit the maximum page size.

Default is 358400 bytes (350kb).

Advanced options

Perform Full Scan Now

Click the Perform Full Scan Now button to run the scan immediately.

Clear Scan Data

Click the Clear Scan Data button to delete all historical scan information.