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  1. I was just about to download and check my sites for broken links….. then I read your final paragraph “Good Practice or Waste Of Time?”

    And now I’m trying to decide which it is.

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  2. lol. I think I’ve decided that it’s cool to see all of the broken links within the deep parts of the archive but I don’t have the time or will to fix them all. Besides, if I go back and edit links from a few years ago, it may also change the context of the content written during that time period.

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    1. Thanks Jeffro – that makes me feel a little less lazy.
      I’ve made a decision… I won’t check.

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      1. It’s interesting to see links that were once reputable WordPress sites end up being something completely different.

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        1. I won’t even ask what “…something completely different.” means!

          I’m jumping between this post and the GoDaddy managed hosting post.

          Those managed hosting prices are tempting…

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  3. I use Screaming Frog, another great tool. I like to keep things maintained for my users, but can see how could get out of control on a site like wptavern.

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    1. lol if you’re on Mac, there is a free equivalent I mentioned called Integrity.

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      1. Woops, bitten by that part looking like a caption and me skimming.

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  4. Kurt

    Hey, I need this tool for a client. I’m going to try it on a site. I’ll let you know if I like it.

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    1. I tried the Broken Link plugin and it did the trick. I didn’t need Xenu.

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  5. Tried Xenu and found it somewhat wanting. It seems you need to parse through a lot of dreck. Out of 1473 bad links only *3* were deemed true ‘bad links’. one was for a Jetpack icon, one was for an RSS feed and one was for a link that had only been partially read by Xenu.

    @Lisa League: Thanks for the tip to Screaming Frog. Looks promising.

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  6. Thanks for sharing Xenu and Integrity. Agree about the time wastage but good to generate a report for clients :)

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