Links connect a site to other parts of itself and the world, and so need periodic checking to make sure none are broken.
Links to external sites can go out of date because the target pages have disappeared or been renamed. While Smallsite Design won't allow articles or categories to be deleted unless there are no more links to them, imported articles may have orphaned links because their targets were not imported with them.
However, the most likely occurrence with internal links is through a mismatch in their visibility levels, like a listed page linking to an unlisted one. This would normally be expected to expose the unlisted pages to being discovered by search engine bots, but Smallsite Design shows these as plain text ʘ?ʘ. This makes them ineffective while revealing nothing about the link target, but also makes them ugly enough for having something to be done about them.
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This procedure is intended to be performed by: Master manager.
To correct link issues:
A brief explanation for each of the issues is:
- 1.User psw has a URL to a non-existent website.
- 2.The rights URL for the en-001 locale of the main subsite points to a non-existent page on a website.
- 3.File 2018-06-04-00-00-00 has a owner page that is unauthorised.
- 4.The Check password provider URL is missing information.
- 5.The a-test-page article has a Related article link to a missing page on a website.
- 6.The listed a-test-page article has a Related articles link that points to the unlisted t-sample-test article.
- 7.The a-test-page article has a diagram text element with a link to a special unknown category test link.
A 404 error usually indicates that page doesn't exist, though that may be because the URL is in error.
A 403 error is an authorisation error, usually because sites like those allowing downloads of free images treat servers enquiring as potential attempts to mass harvest images. If the link in the Target column works, then the associated images will display without problem on pages.
The 400 Check password error is expected as five hexadecimal characters are normally added to the end of the URL when it is used to check for used passwords. Temporarily adding any five characters from 0123456789abcdef will eliminate the error. Any error other than 400 means the URL is incorrect. See Password checking for more details.
2Refresh the link statuses, if required
by clicking on the Check ⏱ button.
The page is redisplayed with the latest status of all links with issues, with the approximate time since the last update shown after the ⏱.
3Fix the link