Creating your First Site Audit

The Site Audit is a document that allows you to gain insights into the structure of a website and can provide recommendations on areas to focus on improving.

Let's walk through how to create a Site Audit and what to look at on your First Site Audit.

Follow these steps to create your First Site Audit:

  1. Login to gShift and navigate to the Web Presence you would like to run a Site Audit on.
  2. Click on Content from the main navigation. 
  3. Click on Site Audit from the sub navigation.
  4. Click the Create a New Site Audit button.
  5. Select your website.
  6. Select Pages from the list of resources to crawl. (We recommend sticking to just the pages for your first audit and then expanding to other types for more detailed audits)
  7. Select the Website Size of Small under Advanced Options for your first Site Audit. 
  8. Leave the remaining settings in Advanced Options as is for your first Site Audit
      • (We do not recommend changing these without advanced knowledge of the selected website and web server configuration. Contact if you require assistance)
  9. Click Run Site Audit.
  10. Your Audit is now running
  11. When the Site Audit is completed it will note Completed or Completed (Reached Max Resources). 
    • Completed - Crawled through all the resources on your website
    • Completed (Reached Max Resources) - Crawled through the Max Resources set and there are more Resources available to be crawled.
    • If you want a full crawl of your website. Increase the website size to crawl more resources if you received this message. 
  12. Click View Audit to Review the Results. 
  13. You will see a Full List of the Recommendations which is categorized. Most important recommendations are Red, Medium importance is Orange and Low Importance is Yellow. 
  14. Click the Link the coloured boxes to get a full list of actions. 
  15. For Example. Internal Links (Not Found) Will list off broken links within your website and where the links are coming from.
  16. We recommend going through each section of recommendations from High to Low and action the recommendations.
  17. If you have a large number of recommendations or need to get some help acting on them then exporting the audit to an Excel will be helpful way to keep track of what has been actioned.
  18. Once you have a Completed Audit then you can also generate a report in PDF to share with your team and/or clients.


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