Time to review your broken links

It’s easy to view all of the broken links on your site and update them through the Broken Link Checker plugin. Luckily, you won’t have to request this plugin for your site because it’s automatically activated across all WordPress sites.

Broken Link Checker will attempt to visit the links on your site every few days and report the results to you through the WordPress Dashboard. Administrators for the site can view the broken links by following the steps below:

  1. Go to the Dashboard Navigation menu for your site.
  2. Hover over the “Settings” option at the bottom.
  3. Select “Broken Links” from the pop-out menu.
  4. Choose one of the five options under each link, such as: Edit URL, Unlink, Not Broken, Dismiss, Recheck

Link Options

Below is an explanation of each option:

  • 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. The text for the link will remain unchanged.
  • Unlink – removes the link but leaves the link text intact.
  • 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.
  • 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.