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Checking Website for Broken Links

by Ron Kurtus (28 April 2014)

Having broken or incorrect hyperlinks on your web pages can be annoying and ruin the user experience. Links to other websites can change or be deleted without notice or having a redirect. You may also not be aware that some of your internal links are broken.

The solution to this problem is to periodically check your website for broken links. This can be done with free link checkers, Google's single page link checker, or a paid link checker.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.



Free online link checkers

There are a number of free online link checkers available that will check the links for the typed in page URL.

W3C Link Checker - Follows latest web standards; pretty basic

Online Broken Link Checker - Does a good job, but is limited to 3000 pages and only checks absolute links.

Gizmo's Best Link Checkers - list several good free checkers.

Browser link checkers

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers have add-ons or extensions that will directly check the links in a given page.

Chrome

Chrome provides a list of free link checking extensions that you can download. I use Check My Links on Chrome. The app will check for broken external links on the given page. For some reason, it marks any links to Amazon.com books as broken, even if they aren't.

Other than that and the fact that it does not check for broken internal links, the extension is handy to use.

Firefox

Firefox provides a free LinkChecker add-on when you use Firefox. NOTE: I downloaded it but can't seem to access it.

Paid link checker

I purchased Inspyder InSite 4 link and spell checker for $60. It is very comprehensive and worth the money. It not only checks external and internal links but also check for redirects that should be updated.

Summary

It is important to correct broken or incorrect hyperlinks on your web pages. Links to other websites can change or be deleted without notice or having a redirect. You may also not be aware that some of your internal links are broken.

The solution to this problem is to periodically check your website for broken links. This can be done with free link checkers or a paid link checker.


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