Best WordPress Plugin for Checking Broken Links – Broken Link Checker

If you are looking for a good WordPress plugin to find and fix broken links then Broken Link Checker is one you want to check out!

Broken Link Checker

Features Includes:

  • Detects links that don’t work, missing images, deleted YouTube videos and other problems.
  • Periodically checks links in posts, pages, comments, custom fields and the blogroll.
  • New and modified entries are checked ASAP.
  • Notifies you on the Dashboard if any problems are found.
  • Lets you edit all instances of a specific link at once.
  • Gives you a list of all links ever posted on your site, with the ability to search and filter it.
  • Lets you apply custom CSS styles to broken and removed links.
  • Highly configurable.

Example on our site

Here is a screenshot of the broken link dashboard.


As you can see we have a link still pointing over to what used to be my personal blog. That subdomain no longer exists and so I will hit the “Edit URL” link and fix the link to point at where the article now resides.


The plugin is free and great for cleaning up your broken links!
You can download the plugin here: or by searching “Broken Link Checker” in your Plugin dashboard within WordPress.

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  • John Crooks

    I’m always worried that if I have too many plugins installed, it will slow down my site. Am I being paranoid for nothing? How many plugins do you (or any blogger) usually run?

  • Ron Bray

    Would love to read your take on the W3 total cache.

    My site load time is hopeless and I’ve been thinking of using a caching plugin.

    One of the great disappointments of WordPress over a static site.

    How great an increase in speed did you get?

  • Roxy Chan

    Good article. It helped me find few 404’s and several redirects. Thank you. Keep us posted.