The code that RapidWeaver generates is designed to help your site load as quickly as possible, and wherever possible the app will look to optimise your site. To help optimise your site, Health Check will analyse your project settings and let you know about enhancements you can make to your site.

Project Setting Checks

RapidWeaver will run the following checks on your project to see if the features are being used, or need tweaking.

  • If your site is using the new banner image feature, and an alternate label has not been specified, you’ll be prompted to add one.
  • If you’ve chosen to add a logo to your project file, but have not set an alternate label, Health Check will warn you about this.
  • CSS Consolidation helps to keep your sites loading quickly. It’s recommended for all sites, and enabled by default on new projects.
  • Tidied URLs help your sites be better-discovered by search engines.
  • Minification helps compress your CSS and JavaScript. It’s enabled by default for new projects, but if you’re upgrading a project from RapidWeaver 6 it is not automatically enabled.
  • Missing Favicon & WebClip icons ensure your website’s identity is shown in the browser and when your website 
  • XML Sitemaps help search engines know about the pages in your project. RapidWeaver can generate one automatically, and submit it on your behalf. 
  • Keep up to date with the latest versions of your plugins. Health Check will let you know if there are plugin updates available.

Page Checks

  • It’s important to give your pages a descriptive title - not only does this appear in the name of the tab of your browser, it’s used by search engines as your web page’s name in search results. Health Check will flag any missing, or overly-long Browser Titles.
  • Giving your webpages descriptive URLs can help people find content on your site. If you’ve got folder names such as “page58”, RapidWeaver will flag this to be fixed.
  • Description Metatags are a useful addition to your pages, and are normally shown as the blurb beneath a web page’s name in search results. Health Check will check whether a description metatag has been entered in the Page Inspector’s SEO tab. Any hand-coded HTML will not be analysed.
  • Giving your images descriptive filenames can help search engines index your page. Health Check will highlight any images with generic filenames.
  • In addition to descriptive filenames, you can improve the accessibility of your website by using the Alt attribute to describe the image’s content. This will be used by screen-readers, or when a visitor chooses not to show images on webpages.
  • RapidWeaver will analyse links that point to pages that no longer exist inside your project. Health 

It's important to remember any hand-coded HTML or HTML inserted by other plugins will not be analysed.

Also, in RapidWeaver 7, there’s some new features to improve the performance of your site: cache-busting, and CSS and Javascript minification. They’re enabled by default for new projects - existing projects will show these new features as “Fix Its” in Health Check.

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