How far down can eValid look at a website

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How far down can eValid look at a website

Postby JerryA » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:06 pm

Hi.

I've done a bit of check on the documentation, but I can't fine a definite answer to what i'm looking for.

Can you visit links to links to links like links in a chain?

How deep can eValid go?

Thanks
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Re: How far down can eValid look at a website

Postby eValid » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:13 am

JerryA wrote:Hi.

I've done a bit of check on the documentation, but I can't fine a definite answer to what i'm looking for.

Can you visit links to links to links like links in a chain?

How deep can eValid go?

Thanks


A great question JerryA, thanks for asking.

In "site analysis" mode, eValid becomes a spidering engine that does a recursive-descent search of pages (URLs) that it finds in your starting page.

In concept the depth of a search is not limited.

Here is the set of parameters that limit the search:

http://www.evalid.us/Products/Documenta ... it.by.html

Even though you can set the depth to 100 you will probably NOT wind up scanning all that many pages because:

(1) Each page is fully downloaded and scanned in its entirety.

(2) The total byte count (actually the KByte count) will become quite large and also, because scanning pages puts individual pages into the cache, you may run out of space on your own machine.

(3) Even if every page takes 1-3 seconds to download after an hour or so you may hit local hardware limits.

So, bottom line, the depth to which you can go depends on your machine.

In practical terms, we have found that visiting 10,000 pages or 50,000 pages is pretty much the practical limit for most PCs.

But think about it, do you really ever want to try to inspect 1000's of pages?

Most of the time our in house scans are in the 1,000 to 5,000 page range.

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