How to Backup a Web Page

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Web pages change all the time. For you to view an earlier revision of a page, you’ll need to view a cached version. There’s no easy way of taking a snapshot of a web page at a given point in time. At least, there wasn’t until now! A community member who goes by the handle of Nishi has created something that will make this infinitely easier!

With BackupUrl, you can create instant cached copies of web pages. This is helpful if you need the content of a web page to stay the same while you share the link we provide. The cached page can also be used for referencing or even mirroring data. The cached page will always be online even if the original site is down.

People who use this service simply copy and paste a URL and press the “backup” button. A truncated link is then created. People can then visit the cache as many times as they wish. The cached page will be a mirror image of the original, and will stay that way – even if/when the content of the site itself is changed or moved!

So why would you need to use this service? Web sites are updated, changed and even moved quite often… especially data on a research site, or news site. In the past, you had to save a web page as a file on your computer in order to access it exactly how it is at any given time, even once changed. By using BackupUrl, this is no longer the case. Create the cached page, and save the links in your bookmarks. If you have reading to catch up on, or research to finish, you can easily go back to find exactly where you were, without digging through archives. We all know what a pain that can be!

You never know when you’ll need a backup or a cache of any web page, make sure you use BackupUrl. This is a very unique service, and something I’ve never seen. Very cool… kudos to you, Nishi!

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6 thoughts on “How to Backup a Web Page”

  1. Well, the service is ok, but I cached my site thinking it took an image of it. Now there’s a duplicate of my site out there and that messes with my seo on the site. Google has the option to show the cached site or my real site first. I guess I screwed myself over by using the service. No one to contact anyone either. sad

  2. I run a fan website for a game company, who recently announced one of their websites was having a full makeover. BackupUrl will be a great tool to use to keep a version of the old site. Thanks.

  3. This sounds like rather unique service. Nifty tip.

    A good companion to this, for sometimes you need to have a complete static backup of a site locally, would be HTTPTrack. It’s one of my favorite tools in my tool box. It is very configurable and will take as much or as little of a site as you want. I don’t know anything about the ppl who make it but I do know it works.

    Here is the URL:

  4. You should try the ScrapBook extension for FireFox. Besides caching your own personal copy of a page, you can also edit it with highlights, notes, and remove irrelevant objects.

    Truly a many splendid thing!

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