It is almost impossible to check broken links on a website manually, so you need right automate way to do it.
There are various tools available to check broken links on your site. We have listed the top 404 checkers.
Xenu’s Link Sleuth (TM) Highly Recommended
Its one of the most advanced broken link checker available and highly recommended for large websites. It can check broken links to images, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds, local image maps, style sheets, scripts and java applets. You can save a report after its done checking.
The best thing we like about it is, its not web based. Its a software which you can download and perform all the process on your own PC. Web Based 404 checkers can’t really check your entire site, if it has a few thousand pages.
* Simple, no-frills user-interface
* Can re-check broken links (useful for temporary network errors)
* Simple report format, can also be e-mailed
* Executable file smaller than 1MB
* Supports SSL websites (”https:// “)
* Partial testing of ftp and gopher sites
* Detects and reports redirected URLs
* Site Map
Requirements: Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP and WININET.DLL , this file is included with windows mostly.
You can download this software for free at tilman’s website.
Here are the snapshots of how this software looks like.
Dead Links Web based
If you are looking for web based link checker then this is the best one available. It can deep crawl your website and check for broken links. But it takes a long time to check even a 100 page website.
It only checks for 404 Hyperlinks, it can’t check for broken images or any other links like Xenu can do.
W3C Link Checker Web Based
Here is one of the great web based checker from W3C. It can also check your entire site with a click and it is ever faster than dead links. It gives a nice little summary at the end.
WebsiteGoodies Link Checker Web Based & One Page at a time
If you just want to check all the links on a single page, then this is the right tool for you. It does not provide a summary of the page. But we found the results to be clean, so we have also added this to our list.