Summary: Ziflow allows you to review websites using two different methods:
Snapshot: Ziflow creates a snapshot of the web page so that your reviewers can comment on the proof like they would on a document. Feature available on all Ziflow editions
Live website: Your reviewers can comment and interact with the live website content as if viewing it in their browser. Feature available: on Starter, Business & Enterprise editions.
Where is the feature applied? On the proof creation screen. Simply enter a website URL, or multiple URLs, into the "Review a website" box. You can choose to take a snapshot or view the live content.
Reviewing a static website proof
Once a website proof has been created, you can enter the Ziflow Viewer to begin the review and approval process. You'll notice that a website snapshot looks exactly the same as any standard image proof.
Reviewing a live website proof
When proofing live website captures, you'll notice a small bar at the top of the Ziflow Viewer.
Website resolution - this option allows you to display the proof in other screen resolutions to see how the website looks on other devices. There are over a dozen different options to choose from.
Change orientation - rotates website orientation according to the selected resolution. This feature works only if you switch resolution from your default browser resolution to some custom value selected from the website resolution picker.
Interactive/panning mode - allows you to switch between interactive and panning modes. When the arrow button is blue, then the interactive mode is on. It means that you can browse the proof as a normal website (play videos, interact with all the content). If you draw a markup or use any other proofing tool, the proof will remain in the panning mode, and browsing won’t be possible (the interactive mode button will be greyed out). Once the interactive mode is switched back on, you can start browsing the proof.
Refresh - reloads the whole proof to the initial HTTPS address.
Home - click the button, and you'll be redirected to the home page address.
Why is my live website proof not loading correctly in the viewer?
The Ziflow proof viewer is hosted securely (HTTPS). To support "non-secure" sites (HTTP), we load them using our own proxy servers since the browsers don't allow mixed content (secure and non-secure) to be loaded at the same time.
If the non-secure site contains any direct links to other non-secure content, the browser will load this directly, and it will not be proxied via our servers. In this case, the browser will block the content, and your site may not load correctly.
There are two ways to fix this:
Host the website securely (HTTPS)
Change links in the web page from absolute to relative paths. You can either do this by editing your original website, or you can let Ziflow attempt to do this automatically when loading the website:
Go to Manage Account > Proofing Settings > Proof Viewer > Other options and activate Live websites: URL rewriting.
Proofing pages protected with reCaptcha
If you want to proof page, which is protected with reCaptcha, please:
Open the Settings of your v3 API Account
At the Domains option, only put in the proof-proxy.ziflow.net domain
Proofing staging or password-protected websites
If you're in a need of reviewing staging or password-protected websites, we allow passing login credentials inside the proof URL so reviewers don't need to sign in when they open the proof. There are two formats for passing the credentials along with the URL:
Simply replace mywebsite.com with your staging website address and supersede both username and password with your website credentials.
Now create a live website proof with generated URL and open the proof to see if the authorization worked.
Please note that this method supports websites that are behind some basic auth methods, but if the website is protected by some more advanced auth, it may be blocked from viewing within the Ziflow Viewer.