How to Use Wayback Machine & Submit Screenshots for Web Archive

How to Use Wayback Machine & Submit Screenshots for Web Archive

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Everybody knows how important it is to do regular backups of your website.

If you have a WordPress website, there are numerous options and tools available. WordPress has many excellent plugins that can do a regular backup of your website. You can also use revision feature to roll back the recent changes you made if you need to.

However, if your website is not built using WordPress or if you need to find a very old version of your website, you might be out of luck.

Fortunately, there is Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Wayback machine takes periodic snapshots of every site on the web and makes them available on their website as part of their archive.

I recently deleted the main menu on my website. Since I didn’t want to restore the whole website I decided to just rebuild the menu again. Fortunately, I remembered to check Internet Archive Machine and searched for my website. Wayback Machine recently took a snapshot of my pages that had the menu I deleted. As the result, I was able to quickly restore it by referencing the older version of my site.

So even if your website is not backed up, and some information got deleted, all is not lost and you might still be able to retrieve it by searching Internet Archive website.

Did you also know that you can make Wayback Machine take a snapshot and save a version of your website at any given moment?
To take a snapshot of your website, all you have to do is go to Wayback Machine submission page and look for “Save Page” submission form. Type the url you want to save and Internet Archive Machine will archive that page for your future reference.

Wayback Machine can also come handy if you’re looking for a website that is no longer online. If it’s no longer available and was taken down, there is a good chance Wayback Machine archived it before it was removed. You can also use Archive Machine for research and to see how websites have evolved over time.

Wayward Machine saved me a lot of stress on many occasions and I hope it can help you, as well. Just remember to take frequent snapshots of your websites to make sure there is a version you can reference later on when you need it.

Finally, if you plan to use Internet Archive frequently, please consider making a donation on their website, so they can continue providing their valuable service by archiving the web.

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Jenya Armstrong

Gene is a freelance web developer and a founder of numerous websites including BigAppleMedia and NYWellnessGuide. Interested in being a guest blogger? Click here for more info

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