Check for error messages within any website
Why is it important?
If a website has an error, it can:
- put users off the website / lower their confidence in the website
- cause search engines to avoid the site
- indicate a security vulnerability which hackers can find and exploit.
How is it measured?
This test checks each page in turn for:
- Are any error messages reported in the page? (e.g. PHP, ASP, JSP errors.) These should never be visible and can indicate a security issue as well as a technical one.
- Is the page completely empty? Empty pages usually suggest a fault.
- Does the page contain a HTML and body tag, and are both of these closed? The absence of any suggests a fault, such as an incomplete page or broken HTML.
Errors are rated for severity. Some errors are much more significant than others.