How to check your WordPress site for broken links

When writing blog posts and maintaining your website, it’s important to make sure that your site doesn’t have broken links or missing images.

One great plugin for checking your links is Broken Link Checker.

How to install Broken Link Checker

  • Select Plugins > Add New in the WordPress admin
  • Search for Broken Link Checker
    WordPress Broken Link Checker install

    Search for the Broken Link Checker plugin

  • Click Install (and confirm in the pop-up dialog), and then Activate Plugin.
    Activate the WordPress Broken Link Checker plugin

    Activate the WordPress Broken Link Checker plugin.

  • Access the settings under Settings > Link Checker.
  • Access broken links under Tools > Broken Links.

How to check for broken links

After you have installed and activated the plugin, you can configure it from Settings > Link Checker.

In the plugin settings you can set how frequently to check existing links on your blog, as well as which items the plugin should check (posts, plugins, comments, blogroll, etc), and optionally set a notification e-mail address if you want an email report with any broken links.

Note that you can access various settings using the tabs at the top of the screen, and you can review broken links using the Go to Broken Links option in the upper-right corner of the settings screen. For more information, refer to the Broken Link Checker support forum here.

Author Jen deHaan

Jen deHaan is a freelance graphic and web designer, fascinated with great layout and usability. She has been working in the software industry since 2001, and has held positions with Macromedia, Adobe, and Motorola in the Silicon Valley area near San Francisco. Jen has written and contributed to over 20 print publications on web design that have been published by Peachpit, Adobe Press, and Wiley. She now lives on a farm with her family and dogs in central Vancouver Island, Canada.

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