I need advice. My boss asked for a list of software to test broken links, which I gave him. Now he would like me to evaluate the products. I have never done this. Cost is a big factor. So I started by looking at products that are not that expensive. Iím starting to download the products & trying them out. If there are any other suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them.
Beeblmaster is right. Astra SiteManager is free and works quite well at locating broken links. It gives a nice breakdown graphically and in text format. It also provides an HTML report that includes everything you need and is customizable. This will be a good tool in order to help you accomplish your goals.
Before evaluating any tools you need to exactly know what type of links you will test (static - dynamic). It is extremely important!
There are bunch of free tools to test static links and Astra SiteManager one of them. Another good one and free - Xenu (http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html). Both of them and others are very good for static links.
Dynamic pages/links are totally different story and one of the best tool here is LinkScan (www.linkscan.com). Xenu and Astra SiteManger will not work well or at all with dynamic pages/links.
rational sitecheck is one of the best tool. It is Rational product. in this tool we can find out broken links,orphan files, page broken links, slow downloading pages..
You can also use HTML QA (if you are doing localization too!) http://www.sdlintl.com/products/nav/main.htm
This tool is primarily for testing localized HTML files, but it has some pretty good functionality for checking broken links. Generates a pretty comprehensive report too.