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Which is the best link checking tool?

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  • I was asked “Which is the best link checking tool?”. And I don’t know. But I do know that I use Total Validator Pro and a Chrome Plugin called Check My Links.

    Which is the best?

    It might be useful to know if there is actually a ‘best’ tool in a particular category.

    But I find that if you look for “The Best” then you end up continually hunting and are subconsciously unsatisfied with the tools you use.

    I covered this topic in my podcast episode The Evil Tester Show - Tools Special.

    I use the best I’ve found. And they meet my needs. So I stopped looking.

    And I use two:

    • one for batch processing Total Validator Pro
    • one for supporting interactive investigation Check My Links

    Total Validator Pro

    Total Validator Pro

    I’ve written about Total Validator Pro before

    It spiders my site:

    • checks links
    • validates against w3c standard
    • and does a bunch of other stuff

    I run it periodically and it helps general health of the site, it also gives me a back log of work.

    Check My Links

    Check My Links from pagemodified.com is a Chrome Extension.

    It runs against a specific page and visually shows me the state of the links.

    I use it after I’ve made a change or am testing a specific page. It runs quickly and I can see any issues visually.

    It was the second Chrome extension I tried. It worked for me. I kept using it.

    Combination of tools

    Rather than looking for “The Best”, look for a combination of tools that support your workflow and requirements.

    I prefer cross platform tools where possible so I don’t have to keep too many different names in my memory.

    You can see both tools in action in this YouTube video:

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