While browsing over the web, you may come across situations that you find a website in which many of the links are not working and simply takes you on some error page. Such links which lands the user nowhere are basically known as broken links. The user often wants to find if there are any of those broken links in any of the required website. One may even look for such kind of links in one’s own website in order to optimize and improve the performance of the website. For this kind of analysing there were many tools earlier also but one of such tools which has been launched recently provides you a complete solution for such kind of issue.
Xenu’s Link Sleuth allows you to look into the complete websites and it automatically checks if there are any broken links present in the website or not. This link verification can be done on any of the following: links, images, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds, local image maps, style sheets, scripts and java applets. For this the user can also produce the list where the whole verification result can be viewed at any point of time. This utility is basically very simple and very effective in its work. It also supports the SSL websites i.e. one whose URL starts with https://.
As said it proves to be very helpful when you are looking for broken links in your website. After locating all those broken links by using this application, you may also repair them quickly. In order to repair those broken links or getting the correct links is normally a difficult task that takes time, but this tool will allow you to get it done lot faster.
Now, in order to use this tool, simply download it from the below given link and install it in your system. Now, to check a particular website, just click on the toolbar icon given on the left side of the window and enter the complete URl which has the address of the website. One thing which is to be kept in mind while writing the address is that if the address finishes with a directory name, then don’t forget to put a / at the end of the webpage otherwise it will crawl through the whole parent directory.
Having said a lot about this tool, there is one more thing which I personally felt that, this can really be a boring job to find these broken links manually, but fortunately this tool makes it lot faster and easier for you. It provides you with a feature where you can customize the complete analysis with filters and you may also set the number of maximum simultaneous threads which crawls the website for you. Usually this complete process of analysis takes quite a long time.
Once the tool completes the analysis of the website or the webpage, it creates a plain HTML report which contains the complete results that enables you to check link status on your website.