Support » Plugin: Broken Link Checker » Not finding a link inside widgets

  • Resolved marje93


    Dear Plugin Creators,

    I have a problem with configuring links, which are embedded (as “a” tag with href) within widgets. All other link are discovered, but the embedded ones are not.

    The plugin I use doesn’t use any kind of ajax. The a-hrefs are inflated directly.

    Do you have any suggestions, how I might overcome the issue? All checkboxes in the advanced tab are checked.


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  • Plugin Support Kris – WPMU DEV Support


    Hi @marje93

    I hope you are doing good today.

    I think I do not fully understand your workflow. I try to replicate this on my lab site but possibly I make something wrong as this is 3rd party plugin (

    From what I see when I insert a “Visual Link Preview” of any of my post in the page content that plugin generates a box which includes A href around that box.
    As soon I delete my post from the site, this box still exists but without A href. So “Visual Link Preview” plugin acts good by updating the box (removing A href) and the “Broken Link Checker” plugin is not able to find any broken link on site as the first plugin updated that.

    I also cannot see any kind of feature in that plugin to place a box in widgets on site.

    Please let me know did I skipped something and clarify steps more so I could replicate this as well.

    Kind Regards,

    Thread Starter marje93


    Hi @wpmudevsupport13

    Thank you for the fast response. My bad, it wasn’t a widget but a block on the post page.

    The flow is as follows:

    1. I’m creating a new Post
    2. I’m adding a Visual Link Preview block on my post (e.g.
    3. Post is saved and published.
    4. Broken Link Checker does not list any link
    5. Even “re-fetch all links” doesn’t include that link.

    I tried to debug if it’s something wrong with that block, but it seems there’s no async loading. It’s just div with a href inside.

    If I add a link normally, as an inline link – Broken Link Checker notices that link and checks its’ availability. Moreover, Broken Link Checker list all images inserted by Visual Link Preview, but not the hrefs.

    Best regards,

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by marje93.
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    Plugin Support Dimitris – WPMU DEV Support


    Hello there @marje93

    I tried to replicate and whatever options I select, these custom links don’t seem to be crawlable as they are not being checked at all, so I created a task for the BLC team to further examine this. If there’s any development on this, we’ll keep you posted here.

    Thank you,

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