Feb 27, 17
If the Wayback Machine doesn’t have your site then you still have the alternatives. There are a number of archives that will allow you to similarly retrieve lost websites and locate those tricky pages that have been hacked or lost to the sands of time.
A site often compared to Wayback Machine is archive.is, which allows you to capture a moment in time on a website in both text and graphical versions. It is best used with websites that are still active and perhaps likely to change in a short space of time, however there is also an option to search for snapshots that have already been saved by other users. Best of all, the archive.is website even offers a bookmark link on its front page, allowing you to capture websites in a single click of the mouse. For some reason.
For those academic users out there who are looking to cite webpages and online resources, it can be troublesome. Internet resources by their very nature are easily changed and edited and may be an unreliable source of information, especially if the intended result is to publish it in a formal publication. Enter the wonderfully named WebCite. Aiming to make websites more ‘citable’, WebCite is an archive site that similarly copies a requested website or article, saving the html and associated documents on its server, for later reference.
While there are a number of other alternatives, another worth pointing out is PageFreezer. Taking the idea of a product title to its most literal, PageFreezer is not only capable of archiving a website, but social media too – freezing even the most embarrassing or revealing moments and preserving them for future use. It’s also worth mentioning that PageFreezer even has the capacity to capture websites as evidence – complying with the legal issues that would otherwise cause the headache to anyone uninitiated. With a digital timestamp and signed authorisation, PageFreezer Legal could well be the shape of the future in a world of social media accountability.
I only scratched the surface – if you’re looking for an easy way to save a website, read this review about the best Wayback Machine Alternative. They mention all types of alternatives to the Internet Archive, but still missed out on the most obvious one of all: Google Cache. If your website recently got into troubles, then Google Cache is your best friend – even better than the Wayback Machine itself.
Easily access Google Cache pages through CachedView.com
Aug 15, 16
Whether you use HTTrack or any other site, the method tends to be the same for each website.
If you will need to download websites often then you will likely want the help of a download manager. You can use Firefox download manager extensions easily, all you need to do is right click on the page and select DownThemAll from the menu. It will download all of the files on a directory.
Wget – Facebook started with this tool
You can also use Wget, if you’re tech savvy it’s a good one for you, but it might be a bit much for newer users. Remember the movie “The Social Network”? This is how Mark Zuckerberg grabbed all of the student pictures from the university.
It’s free, too, which makes it even better- you can also get VisualWget which makes it easier to operate, offering check boxes to click rather than having to type in commands.
You could also rely on Offline browsers like HTTrack mentioned above, screenshots.com, waybackmachinedownloader.com or one of the many other offline browsing options. This will allow you to save an entire website to view later when you’re offline. They crawl all over the website, including into subfolders. Some of them will convert hyperlinks to HTML files so that you can view them offline, too. If that’s something that you require then you need to make sure the one you choose can do that for you.
When using one of these services all you need to do is enter the URL that you want to download and watch it get to work. Most of them have some advanced customisable options that you can choose from. Whether it’s to schedule the download of logos for a particular time or just being able to pause it and resume it as necessary.
There are also options like FTP servers, which often client software like FileZilla. They do the crawling and index it for you to come and choose what files and folders that you want.
If you want to download all images from websites, you have options. You could use the website websitedownloaderonline.com which works just the same as the offline browsers mentioned above.
Otherwise you could use a download manager as also mentioned above. All you need to do is head to the webpage that has the images you want, right click and wait for the menu to pop up. Choose DownThemAll and then provide the relevant information in the window that pops up. You can decide whether you want videos, PDF’s, audio or images available from the site. At the top of the page you’ll see the Pictures and Media button, click on that to auto-select the files that match your criteria. It will then allow you to deselect anything that you don’t want to download. Then hit the start button! You will also be able to select which file that it saves the images to.