Link Checks

LinkAce has a nice feature called Link Checks. If you set up your cron correctly, LinkAce will regularly take a chunk of links from your collection and check if the links are still accessible.

Requirements

  • Email sending must be configured in the .env file.
  • The cron must be configured to run properly.

How does this work?

With the help of the cron, LinkAce will perform the Link Check every hour. When started, LinkAce pulls 100 links from the database and then run the check on each link.

  • If the link returns the HTTP status code 200 within a timespan of 5 seconds, the link is considered fine.
  • If the link takes longer than 5 seconds to load, it is considered broken.
  • If the link returns the HTTP status code 301 or 302, the page was moved.

If LinkAce found at least one moved link or one broken link, it will send an email to the user containing details about the moved or broken links. The user can then react to this and check what happened to the link.

Moved or broken links are highlighted in the user interface.

There can be several reasons why a link is or becomes unavailable, or broken in terms of LinkAce. if you receive multiple notifications that a link is broken, you can also disable the checks for this particular link. To do so, go to the corresponding link details page. On the right hand side you will notice a button “Disable check” and the current status. Clicking the button will disable any further checks.
If you want to enable checks again, just click the button again.