Broken links are generally encountered when a website visitor goes to a page that no longer exists. He might enter wrong URL for the desired webpage or the page might have been moved elsewhere resulting in a 404 page not found error or it might be just a firewall issue. Unless you care about SEO of your website, these links might not be important to you. But if you want your website not to be penalized by search engines like Google, then you should take care of such links. This article shows steps to check broken links with Broken Link Checker plugin in WordPress.
In WordPress, there are several plugins to check for the broken links. Broken Link Checker by Janis Elsts & Vladimir Prelovac is one of the most popular WordPress plugin that checks broken links and images in WordPress posts/pages, comments and rest of the content and lists them for fixation.
Features of Broken Link Checker
- It lists 404 Not Found, Server Not Found, 200 OK links with linked text and editable link URLs.
- It also lists the Source page from where the link is coming and you can edit link directly going to the specific page from plugin settings.
- You can search broken links with link text, URL, HTTP Code, Link Status (Broken, Warnings, Redirects, Dismissed) and link type (Posts, Pages, Comments & HTML links, HTML images, embedded Youtube videos) .
Check Broken Links with Broken Links Checker Plugin in WordPress
Step 1. Plugin Installation
Installing the plugin is straightforward. Simply go to Plugins > Add New. Then search for the keyword “Broken Link Checker” and click on the “Install Now” button inside respective plugin box. Then click on “Activate Plugin” to activate it.
Step 2. Checking for Broken Links
Once the plugin is activated, hover over the tab “Settings”. Click on the sub-menu item “Link Checker”.
Here you will find the broken links existing in the website. You can send the newly detected broken links notification to an email or admin email. The other options can be set same as they are by default.
Next option lets you to look up for broken links either in Blogroll items or comments or custom fields or pages or posts. Here, the post status can also be checked: Published, Scheduled, Draft, Pending or Private.
You can custom configure to check for the links either for HTML links, HTML images, Plaintext URLs, Embedded YouTube videos etc..
Other option is that you can check links for various protocols and APIs. These might be Basic HTTP, YouTube API, MediaFire API or RapidShare API.
With the Advanced tab, you can set different settings in the plugin. You may set timeout for the link. For example, you may set timeout to 30s, then the link checker will mark those links as broken which page load time would be greater than 30 seconds. You can set to show Dashboard widget of the plugin to different users. You can set maximum execution time, which is in fact, the maximum time within which the new link monitor may run each time to check the broken links. Similarly other options to set are the server load limit, target resource usage and forced recheck. Now, again hover over the tab “Tools”. Click on the sub-menu item “Broken Links”.
Here you will find all of the broken links detected in the website. The links might be 404 Not Found, 200 OK or Server Not Found. You can edit, unlink, dismiss or recheck the broken links from the source page and linked text. And finally, after fixing the broken links, you can deactivate the plugin and recheck for any broken links after a certain interval of time (might be twice or three times a month). This will increase performance of the website.
That’s all about Broken Link Checker Plugin which is undoubtedly the most popular and advanced plugin to deal with all kinds of broken links.
Dhiraj Bikram Khadka
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