So Many Broken Links

Something I see a number of my Venture users running into as of late is a larger than normal number of links at their website that generate 404 errors. This isn’t surprising as the pandemic forced most organizations into a position where they had to remove quite a few event and static content pages.

The more you remove, the more likely an errant internal link pointing to the missing page shows up. As such, I published an article at ArtsHacker that examines a few free and paid tools for finding and fixing broken links. Each one is accessible regardless your skill level or experience and if you have mad skills, most offer power user options you’ll find handy.

You Probably Have More Broken Links Than You Realize

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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