How to test a localhost website with online checkers?
You need a reverse proxy to run a SEO check for a website that runs on localhost.
A service that we can use for this is Ngrok. Ngrok runs as a command line utility on your machine and gives you a publicly available URL that sends traffic to your localhost server.
Once installed you can publish your website that runs e.g. on localhost:8080:
ngrok http 8080
ngrok (Ctrl+C to quit) Join us in the ngrok community @ https://ngrok.com/slack Session Status online Session Expires 1 hour, 59 minutes Terms of Service https://ngrok.com/tos Version 3.1.0 Region Europe (eu) Latency - Web Interface http://127.0.0.1:4040 Forwarding https://68e0-185-220-212-43.eu.ngrok.io -> http://localhost:8080 Connections ttl opn rt1 rt5 p50 p90 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
When you now visit the URL, in my case https://68e0-185-220-212-43.eu.ngrok.io, you'll be prompted to register and create a free account. Create your free account and verify your email. After completion, you will see a command with an authtoken. Copy the authtoken and run the command in your command line interface:
ngrok config add-authtoken <your-auth-token>
Start Ngrok again:
ngrok http 8080
When you visit the URL, you will see your localhost website. The website is now publicly available as long as Ngrok runs on your computer.
You can now enter the Ngrok URL in any website check tool. Go to our Free Accessibility Checker and try your website that runs on your development machine.
Test your website with Ngrok
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