Table of Contents
- Installation on Windows
- Installation on macOS
- Installation on Ubuntu
- Saving, opening, exporting & importing crawls
- User agent
- Checking memory allocation
- XML sitemap creation
- Crawl analysis
- Command line interface set-up
- Command line interface
- Search function
- User Interface
Spider Crawl Tab
Spider Extraction Tab
Spider Limits Tab
Spider Rendering Tab
Spider Advanced Tab
- Cookie storage
- Ignore non-indexable URLs for on-page filters
- Ignore paginated URLs for duplicate filters
- Always follow redirects
- Always follow canonicals
- Respect noindex
- Respect canonical
- Respect next/prev
- Respect HSTS policy
- Respect self referencing meta refresh
- Extract images from img srcset attribute
- Crawl fragment identifiers
- Response timeout
- 5XX response retries
Spider Preferences Tab
Other Configuration Options
- Content area
- Spelling & grammar
- Robots.txt settings
- Custom robots.txt
- URL rewriting
- User agent
- HTTP header
- Custom search
- Custom extraction
- Custom link positions
- User Interface
- Google Analytics integration
- Google Search Console integration
- PageSpeed Insights integration
- Memory allocation
- Storage mode
Lower Window Tabs
Right Side Window Tabs
The images tab shows data related to any images discovered in a crawl. This includes both internal and external images, discovered by either <img src= tags, or <a href= tags. The filters show common issues discovered for images and their alt text.
Image alt attributes (often referred to incorrectly as ‘alt tags’) can be viewed by clicking on an image and then the ‘Image Details’ tab at the bottom, which populates the lower window tab.
Alt attributes should specify relevant and descriptive alternative text about the purpose of an image and appear in the source of the HTML like the below example.
<img src="screamingfrog-logo.jpg" alt="Screaming Frog" />
Decorative images should provide a null (empty) alt text (alt=””) so that they can be ignored by assistive technologies, such as screen readers, rather than not including an alt attribute at all.
<img src="decorative-frog-space.jpg" alt="" />
This tab includes the following columns.
- Address – The URL crawled.
- Content – The content type of the image (jpeg, gif, png etc).
- Size – Size of the image in kilobytes. File size is in bytes in the export, so divide by 1,024 to convert to kilobytes.
- Indexability – Whether the URL is indexable or Non-Indexable.
- Indexability Status – The reason why a URL is Non-Indexable. For example, if it’s canonicalised to another URL.
This tab includes the following filters.
- Over 100kb – Large images over 100kb in size. Page speed is extremely important for users and SEO and often large resources such as images are one of the most common issues that slow down web pages. This filter simply acts as a general rule of thumb to help identify images that are fairly large in file size and may take longer to load. These should be considered for optimisation, alongside opportunities identified in the PageSpeed tab which uses the PSI API and Lighthouse to audit speed. This can help identify images that haven’t been optimised in size, load offscreen, are unoptimised etc.
- Missing Alt Text – Images that have an alt attribute, but are missing alt text. Click the address (URL) of the image and then the ‘Image Details’ tab in the lower window pane to view which pages have the image on, and which pages are missing alt text of the said image. Images should have descriptive alternative text about it’s purpose, which helps the blind and visually impaired and the search engines understand it and it’s relevance to the web page. For decorative images a null (empty) alt text should be provided (alt=””) so that they can be ignored by assistive technologies, such as screen readers.
- Missing Alt Attribute – Images that are missing an alt attribute all together. Click the address (URL) of the image and then the ‘Image Details’ tab in the lower window pane to view which pages have the image on, and are missing alt attributes. All images should contain an alt attribute with descriptive text, or blank when it’s a decorative image.
- Alt Text Over 100 Characters – Images which have one instance of alt text over 100 characters in length. This is not strictly an issue, however image alt text should be concise and descriptive. It should not be used to stuff lots of keywords or paragraphs of text onto a page.
For more information on optimising images, please read our guide on ‘How To View Alt Text & Find Missing Alt Text‘.
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