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Checking Links

The check links command will report three problems within the site. They are the following:

  • Broken Links Broken links are hyperlinks that are not sourced properly. They generally will be linked to a file that does not exist in a particular directory.

  • External Links This report is simply expressing that file or site that the link is pointing to is outside Dreamweaver's link scope. It does not mean that these links are bad or broken; it simply means that Dreamweaver has no way of checking them, and you may want to consider checking them manually yourself.

  • Orphaned Files These files have no incoming links pointing them. This does not mean they do not add functionality to the site—so be sure not to delete them until you know exactly where they came from and what the file's purpose is. For example, Train Simple's Web site had an UltraDev page explaining the course outline of our UltraDev class. Now with Dreamweaver MX incorporating all the UltraDev functionality, the page is no longer needed, nor is anything linked to it. However, this page still appears prominently on search engines, and if an end user does a search and finds that page and clicks to visit it, Train Simple does not want the end user to get a 404—File Not Found error. On the other hand, Train Simple no longer teaches UltraDev. So what I did on the UltraDev page is add a refresh in the meta tag, which refreshes the page after five seconds to go to the advanced Dreamweaver MX page. So, even though nothing is linked to this page, it still has a purpose within the Web site; therefore, I would not want to delete this orphaned file.


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