New Home for Broken Link Checker Plugin

We’re happy to announce that WPMU DEV team has taken over the maintenance of Broken Link Checker plugin. We are pleased to have found a great team willing to take ownership of the plugin and keep it maintained for the benefit of everyone in the WordPress community.

ManageWP took ownership of Broken Link Checker some time ago in order to use its codebase to build an improved version of the same plugin. Once we started working on it, we realised that we need a complete different approach and decided to build our own solution for link checking. 

While our team will focus on maintaining our version of the link checker, we recognised that a lot of users (700K+) still rely on Broken Link Checker and wanted to find a good home for it. It took us a while to find a team that has previous contributions and activity in the WordPress space, good reputation and necessary team size a.k.a. willingness and resources to properly maintain and invest into this plugin.

So why give up BLC in the first place?

You probably know already that the BLC plugin uses a lot of site server resources, which resulted in some hosts banning the plugin. Once we started working on a fully automated upgrade that uses a fraction of the site server resources, we realised it can’t be free.

So, we decided to keep BLC as is, and forked our improvements into the Link Monitor add-on for ManageWP which we launched in May 2019. It is an advanced version of Broken Link Checker with additional functionalities that is much lighter on the website resources as everything is run from our architecture.  

Our WordPress team is also working hard on improving our on-boarding process (which you can read more about in this article on


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Marko Tanaskovic

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New Home for Broken Link Checker Plugin

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