Support » Plugin: Broken Link Checker » False 403 Errors

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  • Hi Chuck

    The status code 403 means forbidden and some sites return it when the page isn’t accessed with a browser, but automated.

    In my opinion this is a misuse of the status code, at least if the pages are not listed in the robots.txt file.

    And because a status code 403 could also be a valid response, it is very hard to detect the false positives…

    Best regards

    Thanks for your response – that makes sense and explains why I do not get any error when I manually access the same link with a web browser.

    So, it sounds like the site this link is pointing to is erroneously returning an HTTP 503 error when the broken links plugin tries to access it.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by ChuckC3.
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