wordpress wednesday tip #14: fixing link text appearing with a strikethrough

WordPress Wednesday Tip #14 – Fixing Link Text Appearing with a Strikethrough

Have you ever been scrolling through the front end of your site and noticed a link with a strikethrough? You know that you didn’t add it, so what’s going on?  If you have a broken link plugin installed on your site, this is telling visitors that the link is broken.

But what if you know that the link isn’t broken, like in the example below?  The URL for Theresa’s LinkedIn profile is correct.

link text appearing with a strikethrough

Not to worry! Today’s WordPress Wednesday Tip is going to show you how to fix an active link that’s showing as broken.


WordPress Wednesday Tip #14: Fixing Link Text Appearing with a Strikethrough


1.  First, make sure that the link is actually correct.  Then, from your dashboard, hover over ‘Plugins’ and click on ‘Installed Plugins’. You will be taken to your Plugin Page. ***NOTE: If you use ‘Broken Link Checker’ plugin, you can hover over ‘Tools’ and click on ‘Broken Links’.


link text appearing with a strikethrough


2.  Hover over the ‘Broken Link Checker’ and click ‘Settings’. You will be taken to Broken Link Checker Options page.


text appearing with a line through it


3.  Click on ‘Found [#] Broken Links’.  You will be redirected to a page with a list of all broken links.


wordpress wednesday tip #14 fixing link text appearing with a strike through


4.  Scroll through the list and find the one that’s showing as broken but isn’t.  **NOTE: Make sure the link works! Hover over the link and click ‘Not Broken’.  The link will disappear from the list.


fixing link text with strike through



So there you have it. You just fixed a broken link that wasn’t actually broken. Easy, huh?



Check out some other helpful WordPress Wednesday Tips!

#WordPress Wednesday Tip #13 – Editing a Published Post
#WordPress Wednesday Tip #12 – Adding Alt Tags to Images
#WordPress Wednesday Tip #11 – Creating a New Post
#WordPress Wednesday Tip #10 – Managing Your Media Gallery
#WordPress Wednesday Tip #9 – How To Add A Page
#WordPress Wednesday Tip #8 – Using Screen Options
#WordPress Wednesday Tip #7 – How to Edit a Page
#WordPress Wednesday Tip #6 – Managing Comments
#WordPressWednesday Tip #5 – How to Edit Permalinks
#WordPressWednesday Tip #4 – How to Add Featured Images
#WordPressWednesday Tip #3: How to schedule posts
#WordPressWednesday Tip #2: How to add links in any post or page
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  1. Adzril on June 26, 2018 at 4:28 am


  2. foodtemptress on June 8, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    It works. Thank you!

  3. Anonymous on May 17, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you! This is just what I needed!

  4. Zoe on April 22, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    My site says there are no broken links yet there are strikethroughs in documents – how can that happen?

  5. Kim Gonzales on March 27, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you!!!! It did the trick!

    • Theresa Hill on April 19, 2018 at 9:48 am

      You are welcome. Glad we could help!!

  6. Monique van Dam on March 25, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Very helpful!

    • Theresa Hill on April 19, 2018 at 9:53 am

      We are glad it was helpful.

  7. RACHEL BAMBER on March 12, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you very much! Feeling epic that I fixed it myself!

  8. ClareLauwerys on February 1, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Does anyone know why no-broken links show as broken?

  9. Bob Dempsey on January 18, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Great post! Fixed my problem in 30 seconds 🙂

  10. Chris McElroy on October 10, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Great post. I just had this exact problem and found your tip. Thanks.

    • Theresa Wray on October 11, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Chris! So glad you found it helpful! It’s so frustrating when links appear broken but aren’t, isn’t it?

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