A Broken Link Checker Plugin

Have you ever been to a website and clicked on a link and it went no where but an error page?  It’s annoying and even more so when there are multiple broken links.  When we only have seconds to make an impression, every detail counts!  Having broken links can be potentially fatal to business if it runs off customers.

Have no fear, “The Broken Link Checker,” is here.  This is a WordPress plugin that was created by Janis Elst.  Broken Link checker monitors your site for broken links and notifies you when you need to make changes.

Once you add the plugin and go to the back end of your site and look down the left hand column list for plugins, locate your new plugin and activate it.  You will be prompted to set a few settings and then it will give you the option to check your site for broken links.  If you have a very content rich site with lots of pages it may take awhile, like an hour or so.  It could take only minutes to check your site.  Once it is done you will be given the chance to fix any broken links right there in the plugin vs. having to go to the specific page or post.

There are five different categories that include various settings.  You can stick with the general settings and that will cover the most basic of needs because there are common defaults in each section or go through each section and set things for specific needs.

Here are the five categories;

  • General
  • Look For Links In
  • Which Links To Check
  • Protocols and API’s
  • Advanced

Identifying and fixing a link is easy as 1, 2, 3!  Follow along with the screen shots and you will see just how easy it can be.

As you can see below there is a broken link indicated;

Notification of Broken Link

Once you click on the broken link at shown in blue at the top of the page above you will be taken to this screen.  After that hover over the broken link and locate the edit url.  When you click on edit url you will be taken to the edit page where you can fix your broken link.

Three screen shots that show how to identify and fix a broken link.

No excuses for broken links, now that there is Broken Link Checker! This is a must have.

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