Second review of this plugin, over 135k links were scanned.
The good points : almost everything. The plugin does its job well, will update posts properly. These results are nothing short of praiseworthy.
I know I'll list many more bad points than good points, but I also see the latter as constructive criticism, and the good points are, simply, massive, the plugin did its job and did it damn WELL!
The bad points :
- the plugin BADLY needs a "bad domains" feature. Some domains expire, and are bought by other companies and then put back online for advertising unrelated stuff, and in such a case, the broken links checker believes these are good links, it won't even list them for checking.
Sadly, they are now dead links not pointing anymore to the initial pages.
It would be GREAT if we could tell the broken links checker which domans are to be considered as bad and listed among the broken links.
(Updating : the plugin author answered arbout this, apparenty this isn't going to be implemented, but we can go to the links management section in Tools > Link Checker, and manually search for the bad domain names, and tick have them all unlinked. Decent enough workaround.)
- Sometimes I write text with a part between double quotes or with a superior sign in the descriptions of images, and I occasionally found the plugin had problems with & quot ; and & gt ; (I'm adding spaces, not sure if the present form formatting won't take them for double quotes otherwise) in the alt= and title= fields of images, it believed it was broken code. That's not always happening, oddly.
- it's not a really bad point, but, still, when we talk about thousands, hundreds of thousands of dead links, the only solution is to always keep a tab with the blog admninistration open, otherwise, only hourly checks, it would take forever to scan all the links.
It would be nice to have an option to "repeat every minute", so that we don't need to, first thing in the morning, open again our blog admin, and leave it open all day, haha.
- in the Admin > Tools > Broken links, the broken links plugin creator has added on top of a page a tab with a green background called Admin Menu Editor. It took me five full minutes to realize it was a suggestion to add this other wordpress plugin; I had first believed this was an additional plugin that had been added alongside the broken links plugin. And I wasted a crazy time searching where this unwanted plugin was hidden so that I could - in vain, I understood later - uninstall it.
Having tested more than a hundreds WordPress plugins, this is the first one I've found that does MORE than it advertises.
After using it for a while I just found it looking for the previously god links in Archive.org and successfully finding them !
All I had to do was click Yes - go ahead.
One major peeve for me is a website with stale links.
This plugin automates the process of testing and identifying those links saving your visitors grief and you the time required to track it all down.
An essential plugin.
Please look into the following:
When a broken link is re-scanned it should also check to see if that link still exists in the source document. When we changed a site URL recently there was still a whole lot of "broken" links which no longer existed in the source document.
Also, please add !important to the default text decoration as many themes are overriding the line-through.
This plugin does a link check on the fly when you load a page and adds strikethroughs to your links if they are broken. If your site doesn't allow https PHP connections, ALL https links show up as broken.
On top of all of this, it does this check on the frontend when you load a page. This can increase load times in the upwards of 7+ seconds. Absolutely unaccepatable.
This works very well, and infarct it sends me an email should it get any problems with my links.
Thank you for creating this plugin. Save lots of admin time!
It took 5 minutes to clean up my dead links with this plugin. Awesome plugin.
This is the only reason that I am not using [ link redacted, please do not post links in reviews ] You see, WPE says that BLC is a resource hog and yes it is. If you use the plugin P3 to check the performance of your plugins, you will probably be surprised to see that this plugin seems to take the most resources of any of them. When you consider what it does, it makes sense, but being so useful and such a drag on performance is tough.
The other option of course is to get rid of it. I don't want to run desktop apps. I want to be fully in the cloud. How weird is it that we think we need desktop apps to do cloud applications? There are third-party websites that will check links for you and email you a report, so that is likely what I will do but they cost a monthly fee. I had hope that another plugin might work, but it costs $18 and when I tried to use it gave me an error. The developer says he is working to fix that, but who knows if that will work.
If this plugin could just be less of a resource hog that would be the best of all possible worlds. Since WPE doesn't allow this plugin, I have to find a solution to this problem before I switch to them. Or perhaps this will be the reason I never switch.
I think that you don't realize how helpful this plugin is until you try it.
My site(s), some of them, are very link heavy. So keeping up with dead and broken links was something I didn't do - until a user lets me know. Bad form! I have over 50 pages in one site - now I don't have to search and test.
Info on the admin home screen is ideal.
I especially like that the broken links are crossed out and readable - not left as is, mysteriously marked or hidden. Some links I intentionally leave that way.
Love this plugin for many reasons. Thanks!!
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