Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Find broken links in your website

The end of the year is a good time to check your website and see if there are anything that needs fixing. One tool that I found really useful is this online service called Online Broken Link Checker. The name of the site says exactly what it does: look for broken links in your website!

This is a really great tool for me because our work website has loads of pages in it, and it will take me an extraordinarily long time to look through everything without automation. I have gotten through a dozen links it has reported and so far, 2 of them were a bit dubious because I checked and they were just fine, but it found a whole lot more that needed fixing.

Click on the "src" link under the second column (Page where found) of the report and you will be presented with the source code. You do not need to know html or css to figure it all out. All you need to do is scroll all the way to the top of the page and the page's address is displayed there. Copy that address and paste onto a new browser window. The broken link is highlighted in the code view, use this as the guide to locate and edit this part.

The service is free (for up to 3,000 pages) so there's no excuse not to use this nifty tool.  Visit the Online Broken Link Checker, type in your website address, and the system churns out the results for you.

One caveat though, is that I cannot find a way to save the results in case I need to continue working on the dead links at a later date.

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