Web Link Validator
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I find out which pages do contain a certain broken link?
A: See the How to Find Out Which Pages Contain a Specific Broken Link section of the online help. You can also generate a HTML report: Action -> Report -> Broken links/Pages with broken links.
Q: Will Web Link Validator identify orphaned files?
A: Yes, but in order to perform Orphan Analysis need to fill in the Orphan Analysis section of the profile: Action -> Profile -> Orphan Analysis. Also please see the How to Perform Orphan Analysis section of the online help.
Q: Will Web Link Validator work through a proxy server?
A: Yes, please select Options -> Proxy in the program.
Q: What kind of criterion do you use for identifying a certain page as "slow", "new", "old" or "small"?
A: It is determined by the profile settings. Please select Action -> Profile -> Page Optimization in the program.
Q: How can I automate the process of running the program daily and automatically emailing the report?
A: To set up a daily (or any other periodical) session, you can use the Windows built-in scheduler (click the Start button, then point at Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and select Scheduled Tasks) and the Web Link Validator's command line interface. Also please see the How to Get the Report Emailed Automatically on a Daily Basis section of the online help.
Q: How can I exclude certain links from being checked?
A: Use the Exclude Links section of the profile. Please see Action -> Profile -> Exclude Links.
Q: What is different between the profile sections "Verify Links" and "Exclude Links"?
A: The links matching the mask specified in the "Verify links" section will be added to the list, but won't be verified and processed. The excluded links won't be added to the list at all.
Q: Can I pause the verification and continue it later from the stopping point?
A: Yes, use the "Continue Aborted Links" item (Action -> Continue Aborted Links).
Q: How many pages Web Link Validator can handle at once?
A: Basically, it depends on the hardware configuration, the number of links on the website and the level of cross-linking. Please refer to the How to Check Really Large Websites article for more information.
Q: Does Web Link Validator support JSP / ASP / PHP / FCGI / CFM / etc?
A: Yes, it supports all kinds of dynamic Web pages that comply with the HTTP(S) standards.
Q: Can Web Link Validator verify a site that is database driven?
A: Yes, it can verify any websites that comply with the HTTP(S) standards.
Q: Can Web Link Validator store a cookie and maintain the session?
A: Yes, it can even emulate users with disabled cookies (Action -> Profile -> Advanced)
Q: Can Web Link Validator report, which pages on a site contain a particular line of text?
A: Yes, it can be done using the Page Rules feature. Please refer to the How to Find Specific Text on the Website article for more information.
Q: What do the asterisks indicate on the Orphaned Files report?
A: For printing purposes, all the orphaned files and directories are marked with an asterisk.
Q: Does Web Link Validator support the Windows Integrated Authentication / NTML Authentication?
A: Yes, you can specify your username and password in the authentication settings of the profile: Action -> Profile -> Authentication.
Q: Can Web Link Validator validate the availability of email address links?
Yes, but in the Link List mode only. To verify all email addresses after verifying the website, follow the steps below:
1) Select the "Protocols - mailto" filter
2) Select all links (Ctrl-A or Edit -> Select All)
3) Press the "Copy" button (Edit -> Copy to Link List)
4) Select the Link List mode (View -> Link List)
5) Select all links (Action -> Select All)
6) Press the Verify button (Action -> Verify)
Unfortunately, the mailto protocol does not technically support verification of email addresses; therefore, the result of such verification cannot be completely accurate. According to the statistics, approximately 9% of all the broken email addresses appear to be valid.