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Link Checker

Link Checker is a tool to scan and find problem links on a website. To use Link Checker, navigate to the “Link checker” section of the “Tools” tab of a site in Local.

A view of the Link Checker tool.

Manually checking for broken links is tedious, and automated solutions like those used by WordPress plugins can be very taxing on a system. If you think about what is trying to be done, the machine needs to:

  • Open each page on a site
  • Scan that page, and open each link to see if the link still works

Because of this, we recommend using a tool like Link Checker within Local so that it’s not running on the production site and competing for resources with the requests made by your end-users.

Additionally, because this is running on your offline machine, you don’t risk exposing new content to the world before it’s been published.

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Remember that Local’s Link Checker has to open each page of a site and verify that each link points to an active target.

Depending on the hardware of the machine and the size of the site, this can take quite a while.

Completed Scan

Once a scan has been completed, you can examine the list of links and quickly connect to the edit page within the WordPress admin. This list of links is persistent, so for a scan that has many broken links, you can close Local and return to this list at a later time.

A completed scan with two links that return a 404 response code.