Broken Link Checker Plugin Now Works

Last Update: September 19, 2020

Back when I first moved my personal blog over to the WA servers, this plugin (Broken Link Checker by WPMU DEV) that I relied on a LOT for informing me of any broken links on all of my websites (even my client’s sites hosted elsewhere), was found to not work properly.

Had guessed that it was due to the security scripts that were on the WA hosting servers at that time. Being thankful for the heightened security of the WA servers, I simply removed this plugin. Though I have to admit, I have missed it.

That’s when we were force to do our broken link checking manually, as Loes’ showed us in her blog titled How to Check and Fix Broken Links. However, this method was a LOT more demanding of my time.

Please, don’t get me wrong, I was very thankful that there was a way to be able to check for broken links, but BOY was it time consuming.

Because of that… this task, I tended to put off for long enough periods of time that EVERYTIME that I did check for broken links (maybe 3 times a year), I would spend at least an hour, fixing them.

Recently during reading over a conversation on WA question that was posted, I discovered one of the members mentioning using a link checker plugin.

That is when I decide to try out reinstalling this plugin on BOTH my sites immediately, praying it would work properly; As originally when used on the WA hosting servers, this plugin kept reporting EVERY link as being broken when they were not.

Well, it’s been several weeks now and “YEAAAAAH!”, I’m happy to report that this valuable plugin IS working wonders for me now.

You may want to give this plugin serious consideration for trying. Imagine, no more need of manually checking for broken links… unless, of course you want to!

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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Trish,

This broken link issue can be a pain.
Time ago I wrote a post on it and you were one of the people who left a comment. I checked for the plugin you recommend and came upon the following.
https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/improve-your-seo-by-fixing-broken-links-wordpress-broken-links-plugin/
I think that is a good post with valid information.
The question now remains if one wants to have a big checkup now and then or install a plugin that warns you by sending an email the moment it finds a broken link?
I have over 10 plugins on my site. Only active plugins. As you recommended in the past, not to keep deactivated plugins on your site as it slows down the speed.

Greetings from the south of Spain,

Taetske
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Triblu Premium
Hey Taetske,

Personally, I like to be informed the minute I have even one broken link.

Though I am not impressed with how this plugin pesters me so much about my Amazon links, it IS making sure my Amazon links are REALLY working.

Have had SEVERAL that were no longer functioning properly and was unaware of that.

Yes, if you need to only use a plugin now and again, it IS best to install only when needed, and delete when not needed.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Trish,

As I am redoing old posts, whenever I find a substitute for the Amazon books I swap them for Secondsale. They have much better conditions than Amazon.
I understand that plugin is wpmudev? I think you convinced me to at least try on one website and see what happens.

Have a great weekend, Taetske
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Triblu Premium
Good morning Taetske.

Yes, the Broken Link Checker plugin I use is the one pictured in the header image above.
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laparra1 Premium
I have put it on one website and it is checking, it looks good.
I now wait for the end result and then probably will also put it on the other 2 sites. It says it checks every 72 hours, to me that sounds good.

All the best, Taetske
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Trish,

It is now 22 hours after I installed the plugin and it is still checking, is that normal?

Greetings from the south of Spain,

Taetske
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Triblu Premium
Hey Taetske,

All I do is click on the Dashboard link to the broken links and fix them from there, as shown here: Don't ever remember being in the Setting panel for the Broken Link Checker.

For the first few days after installing this plugin, it informed me EVERY day of broken links. Now that the plugin scripts have caught up, these messages are fewer and fewer.
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laparra1 Premium
It also functions if it is a broken link to an article? I suppose one has to go and find a substitute to then put it yourself?
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Triblu Premium
Yes Taetske, that is how I use this plugin on other websites that I tend.
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
Thanks must have a look. I'd it called broken link checker?
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Triblu Premium
Yes Geoffrey, the header image I used above is their WordPress plugin page header.
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Thank you very much for sharing
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Triblu Premium
You're very welcome Lisa.
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rubanzema Premium Plus
Thank you for sharing. I am going to reinstall the plugin.
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Triblu Premium
You're very welcome Emmanuel.
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wammark Premium
Glad that worked out well for you Trish. More time saved.

We are Blessed.
Mark
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Triblu Premium
Thanks Mark.
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