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  1. Keith Davis

    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. Jeffro

    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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  3. Lisa League

    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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  4. tw2113

    Bah, windows only :P

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  5. 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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  6. Tom

    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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  7. blogjunkie

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

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  8. Jim Daly (@psneeze)

    Small point: Xenu is a lot older than 2010. I was using it before 2000 if I recall correctly.

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  9. How I Removed 106 Broken Links In Two Hours | WPossible

    […] interesting discussion ensued on WPTavern, on whether taking the time to fix broken links on websites was worth the effort. Long established […]

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  10. Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen

    Thank you for this article as it helped me to find and fix broken links on one of my sites. I have also written up my experience in doing this. http://wpossible.com/2014/03/04/how-i-removed-106-broken-links-in-two-hours/.

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