Friday, November 30, 2007

Rediscovering Missing Websites

How many times have you gone to a website that used to work, but when you try to access it the next time, you get an error message stating that it does not exist anymore?

Don't worry, there are two ways that are equivalent to waving a magic wand to get the old webpage to suddenly reappear.

INTERNET ARCHIVE (aka "The Way Back Machine")
1) Pop the URL that you are trying to access into the search box that looks like this 2) Click on any of the dates that represent when the site was last archived

GOOGLE CACHED (best used when you get taken to the inactive link via a Google result)

Select the Cached link below the result and you'll be taken to the last time the page was archived

Go ahead and give it a try. You can use these tools to check out any website, not just ones that don't seem to exist anymore.

1 comment:

Gurpreet Dhaliwal said...

This is a great tip. I've used this a few times since I read this and so far so good. Thanks!