Spotless provides three levels of URL validation to check URLs in your data files:
- Review the structure - A high level check that a URL is well structured and clean. This can be useful when collecting manually entered URLs from contact databases or similar, but does not actually validate that the website is correct
- Check it exists - a check that a URL is not only well structured and clean but also that it exists and that the contents can be retrieved. This can be useful in checking a set of links in a datafile or CMS to ensure that there are no dead links on the site
- Verify the contents of the URL - the most in-depth test, this rule checks that a specific URL exists and that it contains specific test. This is useful in checking that URLs are up to date and still contain the content that they are expected to contain, for example links to news articles or TV shows that may expire
The first rule is supported in the free version of spotless and is available here as a regular expression rule. The URL checking and verification rules are only provided in a paid for plan. Please contact us at email@example.com for more details.