Broken Link Checker
For your website to be successful, you must keep it tuned like a well-oiled machine. This means fixing links when they break. The last thing a visitor wants to see on your website is a big 404 error. For WordPress I highly recommend the “Broken Link Checker” plugin. This plugin will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found. Below are steps for installing the plugin.
In WordPress go to the Plugins section and click on “Add New.” Then in the search box, type in “broken link checker” and hit “Search Plugins.”
Click on “Install Now” and then click on OK.
Click on “Activate Plugin.”
By default the plugin will check for broken links every 72 hours and send you an email. You can always go into Settings > Link Checker and change the advanced settings and notification preferences. Click into “Tools” and then “Broken Links” and you can see an example of the plugin finding 3 broken links. All of these were 404, meaning not found.
If you hover over the link, you have a few options. You can edit the URL, unlink it, mark as not broken and also dismiss it. On the far right-hand side you can also see the page on which the broken page is located. Usually I will click into the page to see how the link was structured and where it was located. Perhaps the link is no longer required, or maybe you were linking to another website and they moved/changed what you were linking to.
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