Dashboard

The Dashboard is the main page of QualityControl and shows an overview of QualityControl’s findings. To access the Dashboard click the word ‘QualityControl’ on the WordPress side menu which looks like this.

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The Dashboard is made up for various boxes of information these boxes contain trend lines, trend arrows and a count of various things found by QualityControl.

Trend Lines and Trend Arrows

In the information boxes you will see trend lines (before the numbers) and trend arrows (after the numbers)

Trend lines are mini timelines showing the change up and down in a total between various scans, the dot represents the most recent scan. In the below examples you can see that Plain English Suggestions have recently increased and Content with Too Many Words has decreased.

Trend arrows point up if there has been an increase in the number since the previous scan. Point right if there is no change, and down if the number has reduced since the previous scan.

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The colour of the arrows indicate if this is a positive/negative change:

  • a reduction is broken links will be a green down arrow
  • an increase in readability score will be a green up arrow
  • an increase in invalid links will be a red up arrow

Scan Information Box

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This box gives details of you latest or current scan and enables you to start a new scan. If there is a problem with one of the scans, click the ‘Rebuild Database’ button. This will delete a lot of the QualityControl’s data and rescan all your content.

If you want to email the last user of QualityControl simply click the envelope icon.

Link Information Box

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Shows the number of total links founds.

How many are broken (returns a HTTP status code of between 4?? & 5??)

How many are not valid URLs links. Links that fail PHP’s built in URL validator (not full urls – this behaviour can be changed in settings).

How many are redirected (returned a HTTP status code of 3??).

Unresponsive links is the count of how many links fails to return any HTTP status code.

Clicking on any of the numbers will take the user to a table of results.

For more information on HTTP status codes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_HTTP_status_codes

Readability Information Box

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This box aims to highlight how easy/or hard your sites content is to read. This is done using a formula called Flesch Kincaid Readability score. This isn’t an easy thing for a computer to do 100% correctly, so should only be viewed only as a rough guide.

Flesch Kincaid Readability score range from 0 to 100 with 0 being the hardest to read and 100 being the easiest.

According to Wikipedia the state of Florida requires that life insurance policies have a Flesch Kincaid Readability score of 45 or greater. QualityControl by default highlights content with a score lower that 45. This content can be viewed (and therefore hopefully improved) by clicking on the top number.

To increase a piece of content’s readability score you should consider shortening the sentences and using fewer words with 3 or more syllables.

For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flesch%E2%80%93Kincaid_readability_tests

The average score is the mean average of readability scores where there are 25 or more words in a piece of content.

Contact Information Box

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Emails Found is a combined count of all the email addresses found on your site either:

  • in a mailto: link, like this <a href=’email@example.com’>Email Us</a>
  • plain text.

Phone / Fax Number is a combined total of various numbers found on your site using various detection methods.

  • Microdata: [itemprop=”faxNumber”]
  • Microdata: [itemprop=”telephone”]
  • callto: links
  • tel: links
  • Plain text

Twitter Handles Found is a count of all the plain text twitter names found on your site.

Writing Information Box

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Titles with too many characters is a count of how many pieces of content have a title longer than 65 character. This can be changed in the settings.

Content with too many words is a count of how many pieces of content have more than 750 words in.  This can be changed in the settings.

Plain English Suggestions is a count of how many words/or phrases have been detected with are not considered to be Plain English. – See the Plain English Section.

Excerpt with too many words is a count of how many pieces of content have excerpts with more than 100 words in.  This can be changed in the settings.

Image Information Box

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Images Found is the total count of all images found.

Images missing alt text is a count of all image with no or blank alt text recorded.

Images with invalid links are links that fail PHPs built in URL validator

Images with external links. External links also know as Hot Links are considered very poor practice as you will have to hope that whoever is hosting the file doesn’t remove it or worst replace it with a different image.

Export Data Information Box

QualityControl’s data can be exported as a comma separated value file (CSV file), by clicking on one of the links in this box.

Site Priority Issues Information Box

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QualityControl gives a graded score to each piece of content. A+ being the best and F being the poorest. This box shows a piechart displaying how your sites content ranks. Below this is a list of the ‘poorest’ content on the site. In other words these need the most attention. See Content Score session for more details.

To edit the content click the pencil icon, far left.

To view the content click the screen/eye icon, left middle icon.

To view more details about the content click the icon report icon.  – See the Content Report Page Section

Your Priority Issues Information Box

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QualityControl gives a graded score to each piece of content. A+ being the best and F being the poorest. This box show the ‘poorest’ content with the current viewer/user recorded as the author. In other words these are your post that need the most attention. See Content Score session for more details.

To edit the content click the pencil icon, far left.

To view the content click the screen/eye icon, left middle icon.

To view more details about the content click the icon report icon.  – See the Content Report Page Section.

 

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