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Using the Link Report

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Kira Hartley

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This task is for users with the following roles: OC Site Manager and OC System Administrator.

As part of our reporting features, you can find a Link Report, which will show links on your site, the pages they're on, the content type, the page owner, and when they were last checked.

The Link Report constantly runs in the background, automatically checking hyperlinks on your site; 1500 links are checked per day across all sites. This means the more sites you have and the more links your sites have, the longer each link will go between being rechecked.

the link report

To use the Link Report:

  1. Go to More > Link Report in the main menu. You'll see a table of Broken Links showing the Page name, Broken Links, Content Type, Page owner, and the date the link was Last checked. The list is organized alphabetically (numbered first, then A-Z) by Page name. Page's with multiple broken links will be listed with one link per row.
  2. You can select the Page name link to be taken directly to that page's admin, where you can then Update the link.
  3. You can also use the Search function to search for broken links by Page owner or Content type.

Key points to consider

The Link Report is primarily a tool for checking internal links. Here are some key points to consider:

  • While the product is designed to review and list all links, it can only verify if locally hosted file and URL links are either valid or broken.
  • External links are not local to the OpenCities system, so the system cannot always accurately verify if the link is valid or broken. Due to this, the Link Report may flag external URLs that are valid.
  • External links must be manually checked to assess if they are still functioning. The best way to do this is to copy the URL into your browser and check it leads where you want it to.

What else?

Check out other tools for reporting on site metrics:


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