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Broken Link Checker

This plugin will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.

34 reviews
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4.1 out of 5 stars
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Used to be great. Does not work now. 403 Forbidden errors
By , for WP 4.5.3

The plug in now lists all links as 403 Forbidden errors. The links do work but they all display with a line through them and throw the 403 Forbidden error. I have left a support request along with several others who have the same problem and there is no response from the developer. Use at your own risk. I hope they fix it because it was a must have plugin for me in the past.

Very powerful and convenient... But broken
By , for WP 4.5.3

EDIT: after a few hours usage, I notice it breaks (v1.11.2). It simply stops working. I opened a ticket and will put my old review back if this is fixed. With the bug, it's unusable and I spent most of the day on this...

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Perfect!
I have been running a large WP site for 5+ years and there are lots of broken or redirected links that have accumulated. This plugin makes the job of identifying, and more importantly, automatically fixing these broken links very easy.

I like the range of options: it's all there! How frequently you check, which post types you check. There even is a log (watch it as it can grow pretty big).

Truely a beautiful execution: I don't know how it could get better.

A power tip: install the Crontrol plugin to customise at what time this plugin runs. I set it, after the initial parsing, to run at 2 AM.

Agree with all the low stars
By , for WP 4.4.2

I was in high end negotiations with a client and sent them to several pages on my site. They clicked while we were on the phone ... then asked me, "Why do all these links have lines through them?" I quickly logged onto the Admin site and found that all my https links were marked 503. I made a joke about it and kept him talking while I turned off Broken Link Checker. Voila - refresh and pages all work and load faster. How about that?!

Thank you thank you LoriWildman for the brokenlinkcheck.com link. After I deleted the BrokenLinkChecker plugin, I ran my site's pages through your recommended site. Not ONE broken link. No 503's. Bromanje, I don't know what screaming frog is, but I'll check it out.

Thank you all for your experiences here. You have helped immensely!
(PS - I DO deeply appreciate all the work done by all the people who develop apps for WP sites. Thank you to all of you! Even the ones who develop apps and plugins that don't work for my particular situation.)

Too many shortcomings to be viable
By , for WP 4.3

The plugin correctly identified a number of links which were broken and which I was then able to fix.

However it had three serious, and terminal, shortcomings.

1. As well as a few broken links it threw up a large number of false positives which on investigation were not broken links at all.

2. Page load speed, as other reviewers have noted, became unacceptably slow.

3. Scripts took so long to run that my web hosting company suspended my account, resulting in my entire website being taken down for some time. Other hosts may have more flexible rules about this sort of thing, but I had to uninstall the plugin to ensure this did not happen again.

Slows Down Website
By , for WP 4.4

When it comes to finding and notifying you of broken links it does a pretty good job, though it only seems to scan the content in pages and posts, not menus or widgets. It also strikes through broken links which is a nice touch,

However there's a huge issue, and that's the massive increase in page-load times, hence the 1 star rating. I'm afraid that it makes the plugin unusable. Pages were taking forever to load, and sometimes I was getting '404' or '500' error messages. I did try changing the settings but it didn't help.

Checking only links with text in body. 20 of 900 posts...
By , for WP 4.3

Hello. I installed the plugin in my site, but the plugin check only posts with the text in body.

I have youtube links saved in custom field. I tried set it in plugin, but it still checks only posts with text in body.

Is there any way to make the plugin check all the posts without the text in body ?

Thank You very much for help.

Useful, but... Attention!
By ,

Everybody needs to find any broken links due to SEO.

But despite this plugin does a good broken link finding, everybody needs his site working properly.

Unfortunately, the Broken Link Checker breaks the WordPress cron. If you have any external cron it won't process any further.

Automated publishing and a lot of other things won't work any longer.

So take care.

GoDaddy Won't Allow It
By , for WP 4.2.2

This plugin is not allowed on GoDaddy due to performance, security or compatibility. Try using the website brokenlinkcheck.com instead. I've had good success with it!

Kept crashing one of my sites
By , for WP 4.2.2

I use few plugins and the ones I use are all well-known, well-supported and popular. I keep the software updated and I also use a very popular and extremely well-coded theme. For a while I repeatedly had connectivity issues (website pages took over a minute to load) and 503 errors. The culprit of the problems turned out to be Broken Link Checker. In my case, this plugin was more accurately called "Broken Website Maker." I just can't take a chance on using it again.

Slows down site SEVERELY
By , for WP 4.1

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.

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