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Zofia Owsiak

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Websites Validation System

Website Validation - my final project

Nowadays, if we only need something - facts, products, statistics, addresses - we immediately turn to one of the popular search engines and after a while, we receive a list of potential answers. Research shows that most users choose one of the first five links on the result page. Therefore, in an era of a competitive market, for website owners, it is important for their site to be on a high position in the results list. This can be achieved by following a number of rules regarding search engine optimization. However, it is not that simple. Maintaining the quality of a huge website can be too much of a challenge. For example, checking if all of the links on the website work would be a very tedious task and seems to be almost impossible for huge services.

That's why I decided to create a crawler that will automatically analyze the site and return the most important tips, which will help to keep the site on a high position. What distinguishes my solution from those currently existing on the market is the easily available and open-source project, which can be used as a step in CI/CD pipeline.

How does it work?

On the created website user can specify the link and parameters for the analysis. Then they receive a list of issues found on their website such as not working URLs, wrong header structure, lack of robots.txt, and poor safety of usage. Moreover, there is a possibility for developers to use only the Rest API which gives all of the information in the form of JSON file.

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Link to Code

Here are the links to GitHub repositories of the back-end and front-end of my project.

GitHub logo koalabzium / SEO_Validator

Tool to crawl and validate websites. My bachelor thesis project

GitHub logo koalabzium / SEO_Validator_Website

Simple front in React for my bachelor project.

The stack

To build my project I used Python's BeautifulSoup to create a crawler and validators and Flask to create the API. For creating user interface I used React.js.

Thoughts and feelings <3

The whole project was really fun to make! While doing it I was also writing a thesis about it and I really enjoyed this more literary side of it. I have to admit that the biggest challenge was gathering all the information about SEO to decide which parameters I want to take into consideration. I used more than 60 official sources to write my thesis. All in all, I am super happy with it and I am waiting impatiently for my thesis defense!

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