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WordPress Codex showing as broken link (9 posts)

  1. nothin7
    Posted 3 years ago #

    On several of my websites I haven't changed the default Links, one of which is Documentation, which points to http://codex.wordpress.org/. Today I have received several BLC emails, one for each of several different websites I administer, saying that http://codex.wordpress.org/ is broken. Each time I have checked the URL immediately and the Codex seems to load fine, as always. Any idea why I'm suddenly getting these notifications?


  2. pengie5696
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I am experiencing the same issue. I've had several clients contacting me as they're getting these notices and are confused, and I have several other sites where I've received them.

    Is there some type of security issue?

  3. Theolobias
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Same issue here!

  4. NextGenCounseling
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm having the same issue. Doesn't make sense to me as I've created no links attached to codex.

    Occasionally I get notices that other links are broken when they aren't. Wondering if this is another one of those.

  5. DoubleOhDave
    Posted 3 years ago #

    same here - anyone find out what's happening or is it just something we can safely ignore?

  6. AITpro
    Posted 3 years ago #

    oops should have checked here first - just removed 50+ links to WordPress Codex pages that were returning 403 Forbidden errors. hmm is there a way to reverse "unlink" in BLC?

    I assume WP has added some new security filters and something is probably not quite right. ;) Ran some HTTP Request checks and all returned 200 Ok so it does not appear to be a Request Header or Response Header issue.

    hmm now this is interesting. A lot of those links were literal URL's such as this: http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory
    Those links are still linked correctly and are not being seen as "bad" links by BLC. Maybe it is actually something going on with BLC?

    Next did a Forced Recheck on the BLC Advanced Tab

    The "Nuclear Option". Click this button to make the plugin empty its link database and recheck the entire site from scratch.

    And a known bad link is not showing up as a bad link in BLC. Should be returning a 500 error and is not.

    Oh hold on BLC is still working/checking the entire site my bad....

    interesting the literal WP Codex links are not added back to the BLC DB table?

    The other thing that is interesting is that i have several other links pointing to WordPress.org and they are still 200. So it appears it only had to do with URL's with "codex" in the URL. or the Codex subdomain itself.

  7. AITpro
    Posted 3 years ago #

    So after going through everything thoroughly - clearing cache, re-running the advanced link checks, etc BLC is working perfectly so the problem is with the wp codex subdomain.

  8. broca777
    Posted 3 years ago #

    So, does anyone know if I can safely unlink the wordpress.codex link? I already unlinked it in one site and haven't seen any issues yet, but if this is going to keep happening just want to know whether it is safe to unlink in future if it comes up as broken link.

  9. nothin7
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes you can safely unlink that or remove it from your site entirely. It's a link to the documentation for your own learning purposes.

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