This post is a follow-up to The problem of link rot, and how you can fight it, which discussed the problem of link rot and how to prevent it.

In a previous post, I discussed the problem of link rot, why it happens, and some ways you can fight link rot on your website. Fortunately, WordPress users are very lucky to have multiple plugins to detect and mitigate this problem. One of the best plugins available is Broken Link Checker, which is a fully-featured yet simple to use plugin that can automatically detect broken links, allowing you to fix them with ease.

Find broken links automatically

Broken Link Checker (BLC) is a plugin actively maintained by ManageWP and Vladimir Prelovac. It’s as easy to install as any other WordPress plugin, and once it’s installed, BLC will scan all of your content to find dead links. After a while of scanning, you can access your broken link report under Tools in the WordPress Admin.

At the time of writing this post, I have four broken links and my broken link report looks like this:

Report of 5 broken links at the time of writing this postNote that not all of the links are 404 errors. In fact, you may see a variety of errors in your broken link report, including false positives.

After you have successfully identified where the broken links are located on your site, BLC can help you fix those links. Its intuitive user interface allows you to patch most links with a few clicks. However, if you want to get more in depth with fixing your dead links, read my post The problem of link rot, and how you can fight it.

Published by Geoffrey Liu

A software engineer by trade and a classical musician at heart. Currently a software engineer at Groupon getting into iOS mobile development. Recently graduated from the University of Washington, with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Music. Web development has been my passion for many years. I am also greatly interested in UI/UX design, teaching, cooking, biking, and collecting posters.

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