Check out this awesome plugin to find broken links in your #Moodle site

Brendan Heywood, Moodle Developer at Catalyst IT, developed an awesome plugin Link crawler robot focused for helping the Moodle site administrators in identifying and fixing the broken links, slow and large links from a student perspective.

The plugin is a admin tool type plugin and is a very handy plugin which crawls through your moodle site following links and reporting on links that are either broken or that link to very large files.

The plugin is having dependency on another plugin by Brendan named “Basic Authentication” which is required as the plugin architecture is such that it will only find broken links that actually matter to students and to do that from outside it needs to authenticate in Moodle.

Check out this awesome plugin to check broken links in your #Moodle site

According to the plugin description:

It is recommended that you setup a dedicated ‘robot’ user who has read only access to all the site pages you wish to crawl. You should give the robot similar capabilites that real students will have.

To know how to set it up for your Moodle site, you may follow the documentation here. The plugin is available for Moodle 2.7 onwards and can be downloaded from the Moodle plugins database here.

The plugin is also awarded with the Reviewers’ choice award which is given by the plugins guardians and reviewers for particularly useful, well coded or otherwise interesting plugins.

Have you ever faced issues with broken links on your Moodle site? How you had fixed that? Do share with us in the comments below.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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