Xenu Link sleuth is an oldie but a goodie for Pc users who want to do basic check s on their site. It is free, simple and effective
Here is how to use it for the first time.
Step 1 – Download it here:
Step 2 – Start it (obviously) And click ‘Check URL’
Step 3 – Enter the URL to check.
Use https:// or http:// at the beginning so you test the secure / insecure version you want to check
Step 4 – The results start showing
Step 5 – The results are complete
Click ‘Yes’ you do want a report
Step 6 – Click No – you don’t want a remote results check
This part is for geeks who love FTP, finding orphaned pages and doing other server based stuff. Its good to use – but if you don’t know what FTP is, how to access an FTP site etc – don’t use this.
Step 7 – The results page shows.
At the top are links to parts the report. They are handy to skip things you don’t want to know and get to what it is you need. For beginners the most useful ones (IMHO) are highlighted in yellow below.
- Table of contents
- Broken links, ordered by link
- Broken links, ordered by page
- List of redirected URLs
- List of valid URLs you can submit to a search engine
- Site Map of HTML pages with a Title
- Broken page-local links
- Orphan files
- Statistics for managers
The summary at the end is a good summary of the number of issues (and successes) your site has.
All pages, by result type:
|skip external||27 URLs||6.54%|
|temporarily overloaded||202 URLs||48.91%|
|not found||1 URLs||0.24%|