Finding & Fixing Broken Links


CMS site editors at UW are responsible for ensuring their pages are accurate and error-free. The most widespread errors across Omni CMS pages are broken links. Broken links not only disrupt the site visitor experience, they can also negatively impact your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) results. When Google — or any other search engine — sees that a site visitor leaves a website (also known as a page bounce) due to a broken link, the search engine is less likely to rank your page that contains a broken link within its results.

 


The Importance of Dependency Tags

One of the best ways to prevent a broken link on your website is to use a dependency tag for all your links going to other pages within the CMS. We periodically conduct a scan to turn URLs linking to other CMS pages into Dependency Tags but it's up to the site editor to use them when available. If you don't have access to a site within the CMS and still want to link to a page within that site, you can toggle your link dialog box to PRODUCTION and be able to link to any published page within the CMS.

A screenshot of the production toggle in the link dialogue box

 

Why use Dependency Tags?

A dependency tag is a unique ID inside Omni that is assigned to every page or file housed within the site. That ID remains in tact and follows the page/file wherever it goes. If a page is ever renamed or moved by a CMS administrator on behalf of you or another site editor, the dependency tag remains the same and a republish of the page "subscribing" (referencing) that link simply just needs to be republished and the link is automatically updated in a live browser view.

 

 

 

Identifying Broken Links Through Page Check


Site editors can easily identify broken links on their page before publishing by using the Page Check function while it is checked out for editing. This feature will identify hyperlinks on staging and production that are not working properly so you can return to the editor and correct them.

 

 

A screenshot of the Omni Page Check Feature

 


Using the Xenu Broken Links Tool


To identify broken links in your site, you can visit our broken links tool pull up a report that shows all the pages on your site(s) that have broken links. These reports show all sites included in the UW CMS. If your site is not present, please contact webhelp@uwyo.edu and we will be glad to assist you. Broken link reports are generated weekly.

Be mindful when linking to resources that have a time limit such as WyoCast, as the recordings are deleted from the server after 18 months from the time that they are recorded.

 

 


IMPORTANT NOTE
: In order to use this tool, you must be connected to the WyoSecure VPN if you are on an off-campus internet connection.

 


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