What does the SSW Link Auditor do better than the Microsoft Front Page "Broken Hyperlinks" checker? (Deprecated Article)

NOTE: This article has been deprecated because Microsoft Front Page has been replaced with Microsoft Expression Web. For a related comparison, see this updated KB article

SSW Link Auditor has the following advantages:

  • You don't need the original source code to scan all the links: SSW Link Auditor check hyperlinks against your real web site. Just give it a URL!
  • Runs much faster: SSW Link Auditor is multi-threaded and developed in Microsoft .NET. It only takes around 3 minutes to check 25 pages with 1253 hyperlinks on them.
  • More configurable: SSW Link Auditor wizard has some 40 useful options to customize your checking.
  • Can limit the scope:With the Front Page Broken Hyperlinks checker, there isn't a way to check part of your site eg. www.ssw.com.au/ssw/standards/BetterSoftwareSuggestions so you are forced to scan the entire site and boy is that slow.
  • Can run on a schedule:SSW Link Auditor supports running via the console, which make it easy to schedule your checking with Windows Scheduled Tasks.
  • More friendly results: SSW Link Auditor includes a series of reports powered by Microsoft Reporting Services.

Figure: SSW Link Auditor scan summary report
Figure: SSW Link Auditor broken hyperlinks details report
Figure: Front Page site summary
Figure: Front Page broken hyperlinks details view

Microsoft Front Page's Broken Links has the following advantage:

  • Double click to edit the broken hyperlinks
Figure: pick up a broken one and fix directly in Front Page

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