Support » Plugin: Broken Link Checker » Works well, but not ideal

  • The link checker finds broken links and has many settings to exclude or mark false-positives like blocked access (HTTP error 403/503). It does correctly check and resolve internal links (#anchorname) which is more than most checkers do.

    One caveat (a big problem for me, but probably not for most other sites): The checker does not run from the environment I am logged in as, but seems to try to connect as an anonymous user. This means that posts/pages that require a login do show up as “404”s, i.e. broken links.

    • This topic was modified 5 months ago by yeoric.
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  • Plugin Support Patrick – WPMU DEV Support


    Hi @yeoric

    Sorry to hear you’re having those false positives.

    Broken Link Checker will loop into the WordPress posts and do a request from your server to the specific link, but unfortunately, some destinations will block the request ( cURL ), this happens on Amazon URLs for example.

    When the site is blocked from the public the request also can return 503 or different status as this request will be blocked.

    Could you please create a ticket and we can take a closer look at this for you and hope to convert it into a 5-stars experience?

    About the links,

    What is so difficult about checking links that no WP plugins seems to be up to the task?

    There are different reasons for a link verification to fail, the plugins will try to simulate a real user experience and make a cURL request to the link, but depending on the destination it can fail if the request is blocked or the site is not public.

    Best Regards
    Patrick Freitas

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