Any broken links that are detected will appear in the “Broken Link Checker” widget on the site’s dashboard. Site administrators will also receive email notifications of broken links as they are found.
By default, the “Broken Links” tab displays a list of all the broken links that have been detected so far. However, you can use the links on that page to view redirects or to see a list of all the site’s links (working or not) instead. You can also create new link filters by performing a search and clicking the “Create Custom Filter” button. For example, you might create a filter that displays only comment links.
As shown in the area labeled 1 in the image above, several actions are possible for each broken link detected. In addition to taking any of these possible actions, you can also click on the contents of the “Status” or “Link Text” columns (area 2 in the image above) to get more information about each link. The rightmost column (area 3 above) tells the page that the broken link occurs on and offers options to “Edit,” “Trash,” or “View” that page.
The four possible actions that can be taken to address a broken link are: “Edit URL,” “Unlink,” “Not broken,” and “Dismiss.” These options are displayed when the mouse is moved over a particular link in the Broken Link list.
- “Edit URL” lets you change a link’s URL. If the link appears in more than one place (e.g., both in a post and in the blogroll), all occurrences of the URL will be changed. To edit a broken link’s URL, simply enter the new URL and click update, which are labeled steps 1 and 2 in the image below.
- The “Unlink” option for a broken link removes that link but leaves the link text intact.
- The action called “Not broken” lets you manually mark a “broken” link as working. This option is useful if you know a particular link was incorrectly classified as broken due to a network glitch or a bug. The link will still be checked periodically, but the plugin won’t consider it broken unless it gets a new result.
- “Dismiss” is an action that hides the link from the “Broken Links” and “Redirects” views. The link won’t be reported again unless its status changes. This action is useful if you want to acknowledge a link as broken/redirected and just leave it as is.