How to check previous versions of a website on the internet

If you are involved with web design, you probably have had the need to go back and check how the website looked a few revisions back. In most cases, you would have to dig up some archived files on the network, but if your website served dynamic content, such as ASP, PHP or ColdFusion pages, you would have to jump through the hoops on creating a new test site in Apache or IIS and then loading the files, maybe even creating new DNS entry etc. What if you could look your website back in time, without having to do all of this? What’s even better..? You can do it on the Internet from anywhere.

The Internet Archive, also popularly known as Way Back When machine, can show you snapshots of your publically accessible website, as it existed a few years back. As a matter of fact, you can almost go back to year 1993 (if you had a web presence then). All you have to do is to punch in your web site's address and the Wayback When Machine would show you all of your website snapshots through out the years. It would also show you as to when a "change" was applied to the website. Like the website says, "The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public."

This is great project where you can find not only websites, but archived Audio, Video (moving images), animation, software and education related items. The library hosts almost a whopping 150 Billion web pages, most of its content including audio and video is available for free under the Creative Commons licensing. Most of this is made possible by a data center powered by SUN servers. Make sure to stop by and check the website for fun or work at http://www.archive.org/index.php, a good FAQ is also available at http://www.archive.org/about/faqs.php
 

 

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