No more 404s!
The Broken Links Manager tool will check for broken link errors across your Wharton CMS website.
What is a 404 error?
A 404 or 404 not found error is an HTTP response code. When you visit a website, your computer (the client) communicates to the server using Hypertext Transfer Protocol. When the server is unable to locate or find the resource which the client requested it returns an error 404 page not found.
The most common occurrence of 404 error page is when a user clicks on a dead or broken link.
Why is it important to fix broken links?
- Broken links create a bad user experience. When users encounter a broken link throwing them to a “404” error page, they tend to leave your website since they could not easily locate the content that they were searching for. This increases overall site bounce rate. In other words, a user may leave your site much sooner than later and miss important website information!
- Search engines, such as Google, will have a negative impression of a site if it has many 404 errors. Once site crawlers have established that many requests are being met with 404 codes, it presumes the site isn’t very well maintained. Dead links can affect a site’s ranking and Google can decrease its placement in search engine results pages (SERPs) or even stop indexing it if there are too many 404 error pages occurring.
How to use the Broken Links Manager Tool
- In the Wharton CMS editor backend > under the “Dashboard” > Click on “Broken Links”
- On the right-hand side you will see the 404 error list for your site.
- Click on the Page URL active link – this action will launch a new tab and take you to the page on your site with the broken link.
- At the top of the page you will see the broken link and a blue “Fix Link” button; the broken link will be “yellow highlighted” on the page. Note location of link on the page – the broken link will need to be edited in the backend and will not be “yellow highlighted.”
Tip: If the broken link is in an accordion element — you will have to look through the accordion sections to find the yellow highlighted broken link.
- Click on the blue “Fix Link” button and you will be directed to the backend editing mode and either correct the broken link or remove the link from the content.
- Important: Update the edited page.
- Close the page tab and go back to “See all Broken Links”
- Check the box next to the link you fixed or hover on the URL link you edited and select “Marked Fixed”
- Continue process to all broken links are fixed on your site!
Watch how to use the Broken Links Manager Tool