“Dear #lazyweb: What does everyone use for site-wide scans for broken links?”
I was curious because we have a couple ginormous sites we’ve created recently at work that we wanted to scan. I got back a couple recommendations for the Mac app, Integrity and one for Xenu Link Sleuth, the PC app that the Integrity creator lists as their inspiration. Case closed. Lazyweb wins again, right? Well, the next day, I got another reply:
Linkpatch is a subscription-based web service that monitors your site’s 404 page and sends an email report each time someone lands there. While I can still see the usefulness of site-wide scanning applications like the two listed above for finding broken outgoing links, Linkpatch seemed like a great concept for keeping up with broken, moved, or mistyped incoming links. They have a free account option for monitoring a single site, so I decided to give it a try.
RedirectMatch permanent ^/archive/images/(.*) /static/uploads/$1
Sure, if I had been paying more attention to my stats, I might have known about the broken image links, but getting an email report (seen on the right here) made it much more obvious.