Using Desktop Link Checking Tools

An alternative to online link checking services is desktop link checking tools. One such tool I came across is an extension for the Firefox web browser. If you are using this browser, you can install the LinkChecker extension (http://www.kevinfreitas.net/extensions/linkchecker/), by Kevin A. Freitas. This extension allows you to check the links on any page you are viewing.

After you install the extension into Firefox from Kevin's site, you will have a new command in the Tools menu: Check Page Links, as shown in Figure 18-12. Click this command, and the extension will check the links in the page one at a time. As it checks each link, it will highlight it to indicate its status. The colors used are green for a good link, red for broken links, yellow for redirected or forbidden links, and gray for skipped links.

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The extension also shows its progress in the Firefox status bar. Figure 18-13 shows this in action. Notice that even the image header of the blog is highlighted, as it is a link to the main page.

An advantage of the LinkChecker Firefox extension is that it is cross-platform. It will run on any computer that Firefox runs on. The disadvantage of it is that, like the simple online services, it checks only one page at a time. For a more sophisticated solution, you need to look at stand-alone programs for your desktop. A number are available, of varying functionality and quality. A good place to start looking is in Google's directory, at http://directory.google.com/ Top/Computers/Software/Internet/Site_Management/Link_Management/.

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