What about going back in time to remind yourself of what your website looked like back in the day!
Every Friday I share one of my favourite finds of the week — a website, tool or an app that has impressed me.
My Friday Favourite this week is Archive.today – A Time Capsule for Web Pages.
What is it?
Archive.today is a time capsule for web pages. It takes a snapshot of a webpage that will always be online, even if the original page disappears.
How much does it cost?
Archive.today is free to use.
A Time Capsule for Web Pages – Capture a snapshot of a webpage
I’m old enough to have been using the Internet since the very first days of the World Wide Web, circa 1990. Back then, web pages were in the minority and most of us geeks were using something called Usenet — a newsgroups platform. (I’ve written about Giganews and their work in preserving the history of Usenet newsgroups).
However, the worldwide web gained popularity, and by 2005, I started this website as a blog on Windows Live Spaces.
Wouldn’t it be nice to take a look back at a web site and see how it has evolved over time?
If you’re a website owner, then you can visit Archive.today and ask it to capture a snapshot of your website for posterity.
You can also use Archive.today to capture a snapshot of a webpage that you want to revisit in the future. Unlike taking a screenshot and storing on your computer, Archive.today gives you a URL that you can return to at any time to view the original snapshot of the web page — regardless of if the original has changed.
You can search Archive.today for any old web pages.
For instance, check out this 2007 BBC News article on how Criminals ‘may overwhelm the web’.
The Archive.today site is a fun way to look back at the evolution of the web, as well as being a useful tool for capturing content for reference purposes.
How can I get it?
Visit https://archive.ph/ to start using Archive.today.