28 January 2014

Finding Broken Links (Tuesday's Tip)

This is how I tackle the problem of finding links that need to be changed:

  1. I periodically use W3C's free link checker to identify broken links in my blogs and Web pages.

  2. I have downloaded and sometimes use Xenu's Link Sleuth.

  3. The HTML code for each of my Web pages is saved in a folder on my hard drive; and the HTML code for my blog posts (copied and pasted from the HTML tab while editing in Blogger) is saved in the nifty little programme Treepad. If someone tells me that a domain address or specific URL has changed, I can easily find out exactly where that link appears in my blogs or Web pages. I simply use the powerful search functions in Treepad (for my blogs) and Powerdesk (for text files with the HTML code for my Web pages).

Have you found other ways to tackle the problem?

(You can see more of my tips here. 'Tuesday's Tip' is a theme used by Geneabloggers.)


  1. Nice to have alternative suggestions about checking links. I use Broken Link Checker a free plugin for self hosted Wordpress sites. It checks automatically and send you an email if links have become broken. I am always surprised how many more broken links there are than expected especially for my work pages that have loads of links to outside site to suppliers information. My genealogy blog travelgenee.com is less of a problem.

    1. I'm sure Wordpress users will appreciate your suggestion, so thanks for commenting. I get very frustrated with major Websites (eg, Qld State Archives, Qld State Library and Qld Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages) that keep changing their site structure and page URLs. In some cases I have even stopped linking to them.


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