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Monday, July 18, 2005

The problems of broken links

The bane of many a website are broken links. A site with broken links is like driving a car with one wheel missing and a smoking exhaust. It's not going to impress anyone who sees it, and it's not going to be of much use to anyone who tries to use it.

But what do you care, you've published your site and it's all shiny and new and everything works just as you planned with not a broken link in sight. But if you change your site at all, such as renaming a page, or change the structure with new or renamed folders, then there's the arduous tasks of checking for broken links.

Even if you don't change your site at all somewhere down the line those external links will become broken making your site look shoddy and unprofessional. Hard to believe that you've linked to someone else's site (improving their Google rating for free) and they've gone and moved a page somewhere else, or even gone altogether.

So even if you don't publish very often, you still need to regularly check your site for broken links.

There are many tools out there to help you find broken links on your site. However, there is only one all-in-one validator that can check your pages for other common problems and that's Total Validator. It's free, so why not give it a go?

posted by Total Validator @ 5:49 am