Broken links are links which do not function anymore, instead lead new visitors to a no longer existing page or file. Also referred to as dangling link, link rot or dead link, this link always appears in a new tab of the WordPress admin panel, in one of the tools known as the Broken Links. Apart from the link appearing in the new tab, a notification also shows up in the ‘Broken Link Checker’, a widget on the Dashboard whose main purpose is to check and identify the broken links.
Almost all websites have these broken links, and as a website owner, there is also no way you can avoid them from your website. The only solution to prevent them is to do a regular check up so as to ensure that they do not exist. Doing a regular check up is very important, and is also recommended by Google. This is because the links, when found existing in your website, will misdirect new visitors who come to your site.
Checking the broken links manually is never an easy task as it is very overpowering as well as time consuming. There’s a plugin however, known as the Broken Link Checker which you can use to check them. Using this plugin is not only easy but also speedy, so that within just a short period of time, you are able to check and also fix up the broken links.
Broken Link Checker plugin
Broken Link Checker, just as the name suggests is a plugin that checks links in your contents, pages and posts for broken links or any missing image, then notifies you if any of the broken links is found. The notification is done either via the dashboard or by email. It is also highly configurable hence popular amongst the many users. Broken Link Checker is also advantageous since it prevents the search engines from following the broken links.
Installation and Activation of the Broken Link Checker
Due to its significance, Broken Link Checker is a must have plugin for every website or blog owner. Installing it is not only easy but also very fast. To install it successfully, this is what you should do.
First of all, download the broken-link-checker.zip from your computer. After successfully downloading, unzip the file, and then upload broken-link-checker folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
Just installation isn’t enough. You need to activate this plugin in your website to make it functional. The process of activation doesn’t take much of your time. You will go to the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress, and click ‘activate’. Having done this, you will be good to start using the plugin to check the broken links in your site.
Configuration of the Broken Link Checker
After the installation and the activation of the plugin in your site, it will just start functioning. Its core responsibility is to collect all of your links and identify the broken ones. However, you will need to configure its functionality a little. To configure, you will go to Settings, then to the Link Checker.
With all these in your website, you can be sure to get notifications about the broken links, which will then enable you fix them in time. Through this, you can also be sure to get new visitors each time they visit your website.