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Status Future consideration
Workspace Instana
Categories Synthetic
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 13, 2023

Optionally test links as well as page components

Testing a page and the CSS, JS and images that make it up ensures the page is "complete" and works well for transactional websites.  For content heavy websites, it's often helpful to also test the pages linked to from the test page.  That is especially true when those items change frequently (as they tend to on content heavy sites).  The website owner or content team would like to know when promoted or highly visible links are broken.  Even for transactional systems, it can be helpful to be alerted should navigational links break.

No need to spider the full website but testing the links on a target page would be helpful for our use case.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jan 31, 2024


    Thank you for getting back. I was in a sales demo evaluating Instana as a replacement for a tool we currently use.

    This was one area where Instana does not seem to have feature parity: we currently have a test option to load our homepage and test all the links found in the page.

    For our informational website, those links tend to change pretty frequently so we don't want to have to manually specify which links to test.

    That has pointed out improper links published (often to internal systems; the links work when tested by the content author, but not for our public visitors).

    My suggestion is to add similar functionality to Instana to automate testing those links (rather than having to maintain a script that potentially needs to be updated over time).

    All that said, it was suggestion from a sales demo, I'm not a current Instana customer.

    Thank you again,


  • Admin
    Dania Grave de Peralta Reyes
    Jan 31, 2024

    Have you considered to create a Browser script that opens the page and clicks in the main links in your website? You can even record it by using Selenium IDE.
    Or are you requesting a new "test type" in Instana, able to do navigational links verification automatically? In this case, what would you like to validate, that the response code is a successful one?