Link Checker

Link Checker | Marco Beierer | Broken Link Checker,link checker,links,maintenance,seo

Description

The Link Checker for WordPress uses an external service to crawl your website and find broken links and images on your website.

In contrast to search engine tools like the Google Search Console, which only show if a URL on your website is not reachable, it does not matter for the Link Checker if the links leads to an internal or external URL. The Link Checker will find all dead links.

The Link Checker works for every plugin out of the box. The computation costs for your website is also very low because the crawler does the heavy work and just acts like a normal visitor, who visits all pages of you website once.

Videos

You can find videos about the Link Checker on the Link Checker for WordPress playlist on YouTube.

Features

  • Simple setup.
  • Works out of the box with all WordPress plugins.
  • Low computation costs for your webserver.
  • Lists all broken links and redirects on your website.
  • Support for Polylang (probably also WPML) sites.

Technical Features

  • Respects your robots.txt file (also the crawl-delay directive).
    • You can use the user-agents MB-LinkChecker to control the crawler.

Additional Features of the Professional Version

  • Check if embedded internal and external images are broken.
  • Check if embedded YouTube videos are broken.
  • Scheduler to automatically check a website once a day and get a summary report by email.
  • The result can be exported as CSV file.
  • Form login support to check protected pages like membership areas.
  • The result is saved on the Link Checker server so that it can be fetched multiple times without requiring a recheck. For example from different users or with different browsers.

Upcoming Features

  • Support for checking the availability of videos, CSS files and JS files.

Technical Requirements

  • Works with PHP 5.6 and 7.

Limitations of the Basic Version

The free basic version of the Link Checker allows you to check the first 500 internal and external links on your website. If you need more capacity, you could buy a token for the professional version of the Link Checker to check up to 50’000 links.

Link Checker Professional

Use of an External Server

The Link Checker uses an external server, operated by the developer of the plugin, to crawl your website and detect broken links. This means, that there is some communication between your website and the server. The only data that is communicated to the external server by your website is the URL of your website and the fact that you are using WordPress. The server than crawlers your website (as a normal visitor does) and answers with a list of the found broken links.

Installation

  1. Upload the ‘link-checker’ folder to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Access the generator with the “Link Checker” button in the sidebar and use the “Check your website” button to start the process.
  4. The found broken links will be reported to you when the crawler has finished.

Plugin author

Marco Beierer

Plugin official website address

https://wordpress.org/plugins/link-checker/
If you encounter problems in using the Link Checker plugin, you can comment below, and I will try my best to help you solve the problem

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