Thursday, October 30, 2014

Desktop application to find all 404 links on a web site

When developing a new web site or even re-creating an existing one, it is almost guaranteed that there will be a number of broken links (both internal and external) across the web site. There are a number of on line tools (including Google Webmaster Tools) that can be of help on production web sites. However when it comes to web sites still in production, those which aren't available externally or perhaps web sites that utilize the hosts file, a desktop application would be of help.

Xenu's Link Sleuth is a great desktop tool for finding broken links, and has been around for a number of years. The basic functionality is that it checks a web site for any broken links (across all media types, pages and even scripts/resources). It then gives a report that sorts the broken links by broken link or by page (that has broken links). Another great feature is the ability to disable the checking of external links.

Xenu's Link Sleuth Running
I have found this tool particularity helpful when migrating existing web site, as there are often links in the content to previous URL structures. It's also handy for checking links on internal intranets.

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