Hi Fellow Cloud Enthusiast,
I have been completely silent for the last two month due to a project and other things that have come up, but that does not mean that I have not been with my eyes open on all things happening on the cloud. I will post more on that later.
For now let’s stay in topic. Sometime during last week I was looking for a good tool on the cloud that will give my client the ability to spell check their website in a easy, friendly and effective way. It was incredible to find out that the search or the decision was not easy. That make me think if online spell checking is a commodity or a premium service.
Below some of the best options currently out there.
Our Three contenders are:
INSPYDER – InSite
InSite is site-wide (site) spell checking and link validation tool. This tool requires an installation and it cost around $200 per licence or $50 for spell checking feature only. This tool gives out a nice report after the crawling completes. This is not a cloud (online website) tool, but it achieves the same as the others in this category. This type of tool have their market, I tend to stay away from them just because they need to be installed, they required to have an Internet connection at all time during the crawls, and there are some crawls that could take up to an hour depending on the size of your site.
This is a good options if your site is small, or if you are just checking a representative sample of your complete site.
Spell r US
Spell r US (site) is a rich Internet application that will check websites for spell errors. There pricing plan is simple and requires no contracts. They have pricing plans from 24/month to 900/month. Spell r US have some good features like custom dictionaries, word cloud, interactive help, and in the more expensive plans link checker as well. They seem to be the BMW of the online spell checking industry. I end up doing my project with them.
I have to say that they are the reason I think this is not a commodity as everyone else think to believe. This service can/will get very expensive if you use it on big websites, as much as $ 900 a month, but definitely check them out since they also have pre-paid plans.
Site Improve (site)
SiteCheck from SiteImprove is more than spell checking but I feel I have to keep them here since Spell R US also provide link checking and other features. This online tool brings to the table Link Checking, Spell Checking, Site Inventory and Accessibility. I got a trial account, and the first impression was that the User Interface needed some rearrangement. It was not easy for me to figure out how to get a printed report of the spell checking, actually I never found the printed report, I had to solve the spelling problems using their interface which was one of my clients requirement. I was moderately happy with the application, but the initial price proposal for our use was on the high side.
From all three services evaluated the only service that has an export to CSV format feature is the Spellr.us, which will let us customize our reports. Also Spellr.us has a Broken Link/image feature and custom dictionary for law terms (Client Requirements).
The service does not require a contract and can be used on demand. The cost to obtain the features to fulfill our requirement is $400 for a month of usage. That amount will allow us to scan up to 300 websites with no more than 10,000 pages each in a given month. We can discontinue the use of the service on the same month and wait another 3 months to activate it. Making the service around 100 dollars per month if you use only on specific months.
I hope you enjoy your spell checking process, and if you have comments or questions please go ahead and drop them here. As always enjoy your clouding!