Several ways to find links that are buried deep on your Web
pages, so you can update or remove them.
Occasionally you may need to change or purge a link that is no
longer desired or has moved, one that the UBCMS cannot
automatically update for you through normal processes.
Any of these methods will take a long time to search everywhere,
and tax the system a bit. You can try them out in a lightweight way
by searching a small selection of pages instead of all of
"/content" or "/content/shared".
Also, be aware that there is quite a lot of risk in the Find
and Replace method, if you automate the replacement.
This will only find links to an exact page or URL. If you are
seeking for URLs that deep-link into a site, or multiple URLs, try
one of the other methods.
Create a new Inbound link report.
- For Search Path, choose "Websites" (top level) or enter
just "/content" or perhaps "/shared".
- For Page to find, enter a URL (e.g.
It will take a few minutes to generate the report.
You will need to repeat for any expected variations on the link
etc.), or for any other thinks. So this is probably not an ideal
This may be overwhelming, but comprehensive
Create a new Outbound Link Report.
- Configure Root paths for all the areas you want to
search, or use a high level path such as "/content" or "/shared"
for everything you can see.
- Check Traverse child pages.
The report will take several minutes to generate.It will link
everything every page links to (hence the overwhelming part). You
can then download the report and use another tool such as Excel to
filter it down to pages that link to anywhere in ISE or CBE by any
variation of URL.
This solution is very flexible, but requires use of another
- Go to the Websites Admin Console and click a root path like
your home page, or the main Shared Content area.
- Go to Tools on the tool bar and choose Find and
- Update Start in if not correct, or maybe even back up to
the top level "/content" or "/shared."
- Enter the URL to find, such as "ise.buffalo.edu" in the
Find box (this doesn't have to be a URL or page path, BTW;
can be any text).
- Click Preview.
It will take several minutes to load the list of results. The
browser may tell you the page is crashed or unresponsive; tell it
to wait longer. The list will load in that unpleasantly small
Unfortunately you cannot copy the list from the box and paste it
elsewhere or save it in any way. You can type in a replacement
string and choose Replace and it will replace any page with
the box checked.
We do not believe the pages will be automatically
activated/re-published after the replacement.
This solution works, but carries a lot of risk, as there is
no practical way to undo your changes if the replacement has any
unexpected side-effects. But if used cleverly, this solution
will not suffer from the same exact-URL problem as the first method
-- for example, search for "ise.buffalo.edu" instead of