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Broken Images

Broken website images negatively affect professional image, product branding and marketing, and search engine results. Use ErrNET.3W® to detect broken images!

A broken website image is a picture that does not show up, i.e., an image that cannot be seen. A broken image is usually displayed as an icon that looks like a photograph or a piece of paper that’s been ripped in half, or a white box with a red “X” in the center.

There are several causes for broken images:

  1. The image may not exist. The first thing to check is whether or not the image actually exists in the place that you think it should be. This might seem like a very basic step, but it’s actually a common mistake. If you’re writing a file path and you’re expecting there to be an image inside a folder, make sure that you actually open the image folder and confirm that the image is there. Sometimes images get moved or deleted by mistake.
  2. The image might not be named properly. Check to make sure the image is named exactly the way you have it typed in your code. Minor syntax errors such as dashes instead of underscores can cause a broken image. The file extension should also be checked. For example, a correct file extension such as “.jpeg” may be accidently typed as “.jpg.” Errors in file names and file extensions are easily overlooked so be certain to examine them carefully.
  3. The file path in the code might be incorrect. If your website works on your local computer but then breaks when you upload it to the web, then chances are you’ve used a local file path that points to your computer only. It is a common mistake to include local file paths in the HTML code. Checking to make sure that the image exists, and that you’re typing in the right filename will solve this problem in most cases.
  4. File Permissions. If you still have a broken image and you have checked the file location, filename, file extension, and relative file path, then there might be something wrong with what are called file permissions. Usually these are set to the correct values automatically, but sometimes when you’re uploading your website to a server, the permissions can accidentally change for some reason. If you navigate to your web page and a file has the wrong permissions, it could cause a broken image.

There are two major problems with broken images from a business standpoint. First, website images are vital for branding and marketing purposes. This effort is lost when images are not displayed. In addition, broken images reflect poorly on professionalism and project apathy, which is certain to repel potential customers. Second, broken will negatively affect your websites’ search engine results.

Our product ErrNET.3W® will scan your website daily to verify that all images on your website are properly displayed.

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