I am looking for a no-cost tool (or tools) that will crawl my website and validate my XHTML and CSS, and check all of my links. If I had a real Content Management System(tm), I am sure that it would handle this sort of thing for me but, as I am not and this should be a common problem, there has to be a solution out there somewhere…

Update: REL Link Checker Lite looks useful, but I am still looking for a total solution.


Published On: January 9, 2005Tags:


  1. Anonymous February 3, 2005 at 11:28 am

    see http://mindprod.com/jgloss/htmlvalidator.html

    CSE HTMLValidator is the HTML validator I use to check my *.html web pages for syntax errors. Starting with version 5, it also checks *.css style sheets. See the HTMLValidator FAQ to get a hint of what it can do, or download the free light version. One thing the validator will complain about is &s in your CGI URLS; it wants you to spell them out as &amp. The CGI server will still see them as plain & since your browser converts them back to plain &.

    Although, as you are validating XML, it should be easy to do with a standard XML tool that will check an XML file against the DTD.

  2. Anonymous July 10, 2005 at 8:18 pm

    Google PageRank calculators (that do not use the Google Toolbar)



    Note that with both of these, it is possible to check multiple pages at once.

  3. Anonymous July 10, 2005 at 8:22 pm

    Some useful web services for validating various types of content are:

    http://feedvalidator.org/ (validates RSS feeds)

    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ (W3C CSS validator)

    http://validator.w3.org/ (W3C HTML/XHTML validator)

    http://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/batch.html.en (The WDG HTML Validator has a useful batch mode for validating multiple pages at once)

  4. Anonymous July 10, 2005 at 8:25 pm

    This is a useful online tool to look at the HTTP headers that are returned from a page request.


    I found this useful to diagnose problems with my RSS feeds. I could not see them properly in my browser because I was getting a 304 response.

  5. Miyo June 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    This I think is the best site to validate your XHTML and CSS

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