URL format

This test checks that the format of URLs on a website is appropriate. The URL, otherwise known as the address of the page, is what appears in the address bar at the top of your web browser.

Why do we test for this?

Good URLs are easy to remember and exchange between people via email or social media. Clean URLs are also more likely to appear higher in search engines than dirty URLs.

How do we test for this?

We check for a number of criteria to see if web addresses are too long, dirty or include id parameters.

What can I do about it?

Wherever possible, use clear, simple URLs which clearly but concisely describe the content of the page. Sometimes this is an option which can be enabled on blog software or content management system.