Checking your site for broken links is a necessary but tiresome part of web site maintenance. For the longest time I've used Xenu's Link Sleuth, mainly because it's free but also because it works.
On the downside, Xenu is pretty user-unfriendly and is very limited in terms of customization.
Recently I came across Web Link Validator from Rel Software, which, to my mind, is a much better bet for anyone serious about keeping their web sites free of broken links.
Web Link Validator (WLV) has a number of features that I really like:
The main downside of this excellent tool is the cost, which is from $95 to $795 per license depending on the number of copies you need.
However, if you manage a corporate web site, it's well worth the investment in terms of time saved over cheaper, less usable tools.
Fortunately, if you can't afford Web Link Validator, REL does provide a free alternative - REL Link Checker Lite. This tool is more on a par with Xenu, except that it has a more user-friendly interface.
It certainly doesn't have anything like the capabilities of WLV and it only checks up to 1000 links at a time, but hey, what do you expect for free?!
I'm not too up on other link checking tools - are there any others that you'd recommend, free or otherwise?
Posted on: March 3, 2006 | 3 Comments