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

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Fixing Link Text Appearing with a Strikethrough

Have you ever been scrolling through the front end of your site and noticed text appearing with 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!

We know this can be maddening! But, 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

EDITED: Before you begin, make sure you have the plugin, “Broken Link Checker” installed onto your site.  If you are on one of our website care plans then you may proceed!  If not, please go to this link and download the plugin.  Please make sure you are activating this plugin (and any plugin!) with caution.  Sometimes plugins do not play well with other plugins and it can cause issues on your site.  If you would like help please shoot us an email (support@raneydaydesign.com) to our support desk and we would be happy to assist!

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

To double check, head over to where your link originally showed that it was broken.  It’s fixed right?  There you have it!  You’ve completed our  Fixing Link Text Appearing with a Strikethrough WordPress Wednesday Tutorial!  Easy, hugh?!

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  1. Katia Wallinger on October 23, 2021 at 7:28 AM

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who had been doing a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this subject here on your blog.

  2. Stephen Davies on September 11, 2021 at 11:11 AM

    I’m so grateful to you for this easy fix. Thank you!

  3. Sharon on May 31, 2021 at 3:06 AM

    Thanks! Helped me fix the problem right away.

  4. Liz Morgan on May 9, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Thanks for showing me how to do this! Other posts were saying to add code and I didn’t want to do that. haha. Your tutorial fixed my issue. How annoying that the plugin does that!

    • Jennifer Sakowski on September 14, 2021 at 3:37 PM

      I’m so glad you found this helpful!!

  5. Denise on March 31, 2021 at 12:21 PM

    This is SO helpful! Thank you very much πŸ™‚

    • Jennifer Sakowski on September 14, 2021 at 3:37 PM

      Our pleasure!!!

  6. Happy Guy on February 10, 2021 at 9:34 AM

    VERY VERY VERY Helpful and easy to follow. Thanks!!

    • Jennifer Sakowski on September 14, 2021 at 3:38 PM

      Thank you!! We try πŸ™‚

  7. Lisa Sicard on December 3, 2020 at 8:45 AM

    Thank you so much! I didn’t realize why this happened to me from time to time. You just saved me some time today! Much appreciated.

    • Jennifer Sakowski on September 14, 2021 at 3:38 PM

      Lisa, I’m so glad that worked for you!!

  8. Adzril on June 26, 2018 at 4:28 AM


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  9. foodtemptress on June 8, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    It works. Thank you!

    • Jennifer Sakowski on September 14, 2021 at 3:39 PM

      Our pleasure!

  10. Anonymous on May 17, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Thank you! This is just what I needed!

  11. 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?

  12. 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!!

  13. 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.

  14. RACHEL BAMBER on March 12, 2018 at 12:16 PM

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

  15. ClareLauwerys on February 1, 2018 at 5:31 AM

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

  16. Bob Dempsey on January 18, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Great post! Fixed my problem in 30 seconds πŸ™‚

    • Raney Day Design on January 25, 2018 at 7:03 AM

      Awesome! So glad it worked for you!

  17. 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?