Broken link checker


Many website owners love WordPress because it grants them full control to do any amendments. But by changing the name or URL of post or page and by deleting the same it leaves broken links. Broken links are like bad links that can potentially harm the impression of your website and ultimately the brand. Broken links also negatively affect the search engine rankings because it can damage your reputation with the search engines. In order to avoid risks of loosing user’s faith or search engine rankings keep up to date with broken links and Broken Link Checker can make your life easy.

The job of this plug-in is to look for any broken links in your blog and notify about them, in order to rectify it.

How to Install

  1. Start by going to WP-admin -> Plugins -> Add New. Search for: Broken Link Checker. Click the install button.



  1. It keeps an eye out for the links in the posts, the comments and other custom fields also monitoring the links, the images and redirects that don’t work.

  2. The notification about the links is send on dashboard or email and it displays the broken links in a different posts.

  3. It offers many high end configuration setting and it also prevents the search engines to not follow any broken links.

  4. The links can be edited fro the plugin page directly and can also search and filter the links by URL, anchor text.


Basic Usage

  1. The plugin will look in the post about any broken links. It is aupto the size of the site about the time it will tke to reposrt all the broken links. It will also check again if it has to. Again, how long this takes depends on how big your site is and how many links there are. You can monitor the progress and tweak various link checking options in Settings -> Link Checker

  2. The broken links, if any are found, will show up in a new tab of the WP admin panel – Tools -> Broken Links. A notification will also appear in the “Broken Link Checker” widget on the Dashboard. To save display space, you can keep the widget closed and configure it to expand automatically when problematic links are detected. E-mail notifications need to be enabled separately (in Settings -> Link Checker).

  3. Edit URL” lets you change the URL of that link. If the link is present in more than one place (e.g. both in a post and in the blogroll), all occurrences of that URL will be changed.

  4. “Unlink” removes the link but leaves the link text intact.


  5. “Not broken” lets you manually mark a “broken” link as working. This is useful if you know it was incorrectly detected as broken due to a network glitch or a bug. The marked link will still be checked periodically, but the plugin won’t consider it broken unless it gets a new result.

  6. “Dismiss” hides the link from the “Broken Links” and “Redirects” views. It will still be checked as normal and get the normal link styles (e.g. a strike-through effect for broken links), but won’t be reported again unless its status changes. Useful if you want to acknowledge a link as broken/redirected and just leave as it is.

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