This plugin will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.
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.
Exactly what you would want it to do. Helps fix links, shows broken links as broken if you want and is smart about it.
However, on two of my blogs it seems unable to see links in posts - which sort of defeats the object, obviously.
I installed it on my website [ link redacted, please do not post links in reviews ] It's good I don't have any broken links on my website. I think the plugin will work as like as I expected. Thanks for this.
Been using for 2+ years without problems.
It's a very useful plugin when your site becomes old and you have to check all these dead links. But it can slow your site and it creates a hudge database table you have to clean after use. As it's not a "every day usage plugin", it's not really a problem.
This plug is pretty close to a gotta have, once your site gets sufficiently large. Link rot is a constant fight and Broken Link Checker is your weapon to combat it. Thanks.
Good plugin! I just tried this on a blog and am pleasantly suprised at how many dead links it found. Very cool. I like the fact that it let me "unlink them" instead of deleting the posts or just putting a line through the link.
The plugin makes all my admin pages go blank as soon as it is activated, and the only solution I've found so far is to manually delete it (using FTP). Also, there is apparently no support in the forum.
I have the feeling that the plugin (probably) places too much stress on the server, at least in my particular case.
I want to be fair and correct my previous comment:
After my bad previous experience I decided to give it another try, and installed the last version (1.9.2). This version works correctly in my site - or, at least, does not give me the problems that a previous one did, and that I mentioned in my other message.
I have used this plugin for years and it has always worked great. However in the last few weeks this plugin finds hundreds of supposedly broken links which are working just fine. The message is always the same 503 error. Anyone know what is causing that? I hope it's just a temporary glitch that will be fixed soon.
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