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Siteimprove

Learn how to use Siteimprove to help manage your UC San Diego site.

About Siteimprove

Siteimprove is an online service that systematically reviews your sites for accessibility issues. Siteimprove crawls registered sites every five days and reports accessibility errors and how to fix them. UC San Diego is part of a UC-wide license with no further cost to UC San Diego site owners.

Getting access

Getting access to Siteimprove is a 2-step process:

  1. First, you need to create an account:
    1. Go to http://siteimprove.ucop.edu/.
    2. Select University of California-San Diego from the drop-down menu.
    3. Check Remember my choice to skip this screen in the future.
    4. Click Select.
    5. Enter your Business Systems (SSO) credentials.
  2. Next, email a list of the urls you want scaned to siteimprove@ucsd.edu:
    1. The local Siteimprove administrator will complete setting up your account and email you when your access is ready.

If you need configuration changes to your site scans, contact siteimprove@ucsd.edu.

Reports and scores

Siteimprove provides several types of reports useful for website maintenance, each with a numerical score that can track the progress of your site. All scores are on a 100 point scale.

Digital Certainty Index (DCI): Measures site quality by factoring in accessibility, quality assurance and search engine optimization scores. Learn more about the DCI.

  • Accessibility: Measures how well pages and PDFs test against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). The guidelines have three levels (A, AA and AAA). The University of California is committed to meeting accessibility level AA (all level A and AA criteria). WTS works to make the CMS templates accessible, while site managers are responsible for the accessibility of thier content. Learn more about the accessibility score.
  • Quality Assurance: Measures site credibility and trustworthiness, based on: broken links, misspelled words and readability issues, including an inventory of your pages, documents, media files, email addresses and other content. Site managers are responsible for maintaining the quality of their site's content. Learn more about the quality assurance score.
  • Search Engine Optimization: Measures technical, content, user experience and mobile-related website issues affecting your ranking in search results. WTS maintains the mobile-related and most technical SEO requirements.  Site managers are responsible for making sure thier site has user-friendly system names, page content and visuals. Learn more about the SEO score.

Guides and training

In-app training

Log in to Siteimprove to use these step-by-step tutorials or see a full list of in-app tutorials

Note: this page has a friendly link that is easy to remember: http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/siteimprove