How to check the old version of a website?

How to check the old version of a website?

Did you know that it’s possible to check the old version (the history) of a domain or webpage? You can use a tool called WaybackMachine to view archived versions of websites. This can be useful if a website was badly migrated and you want to view an older version of a site.

This is also a great way to see how a website has changed over time, or to research the history of a domain name. If you are keen on haunting for an expired domain, an archived version of the website tells you if the domain was previously a live website, and what content was on it.

WaybackMachine can also be used to view deleted webpages, which can be helpful if you want to research something that was once on the internet but is no longer available.

What is the WaybackMachine tool?

Wayback Machine is a free online archive of web pages that have been stored by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization. The tool allows users to access past versions of websites and see how they looked on different dates. It can be used to track website changes.

How to check the archived copy of a website?

To use WaybackMachine, simply enter the URL of the site you want to check, and hit “Browse History.” If WaybackMachine has archived versions of that site, you will see a calendar with dates highlighted.

Clicking on a date or sometimes even an hour will take you to a snapshot of what the website looked like on that date. You can follow the links to explore the website as it was on that day.

If you want to view a specific page (URL) on a website, WaybackMachine can be used to find out if that page has been archived and when. You can also get a list of archived URLs from the given domain.

WaybackMachine will also show you how many times it has archived a particular site, which can be a factor in telling that this domain can be valuable if it’s archived so many times.

Restriction of using WaybackMachine

WaybackMachine is not 100% accurate, as some websites may have been excluded from the archive. Because of low popularity or blocking WaybackMachine robot access. In addition, some pages on a website may not have been archived, or only partially so.

You can block the access of WaybackMachine to your website by creating a file named robots.txt in the root directory of your site and adding the following line:

User-agent: Wayback Save Page

Disallow: /

(Replace “/” with the path of the page you want to block if any.)

This will prevent WaybackMachine from archiving your website.

WaybackMachine

That’s all there is to it! WaybackMachine is a valuable tool for anyone who wants to research the history of a domain or webpage. Give it a try next time you need to view an older version of a website.

WaybackMachine can be found here: https://web.archive.org/

Do you have any tips on using WaybackMachine? Let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out our other blog posts for more great search engine optimization tips.

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