How to Enter a Web Page That Doesn't Open

Want to visit a website that has been taken down? This is a quick way to view archived versions of websites.

Steps

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    Go to www.archive.org
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    Type in the web address (URL) of the site you want to see.
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    Click "Browse History".
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    Use the year slider at the top of the page to select a date range, then click on any of the highlighted dates shown in blue - they indicate days on which the website was archived. Click the most recent date to see the website as it was most recently before being taken down.

Tips

  • The archived version of a website accessed through the Way Back Machine will most likely be outdated - try a Google search for the website name to see if there is a newer webpage or URL
  • Not all websites are archived by the Way Back Machine, especially small and low-traffic sites
  • You can use this tool to look up older versions of existing websites as well as ones that have been taken down

Warnings

  • Photos may not load
  • Links may be broken
  • Forms and order information will not work on websites that is no longer "live"
  • Most social networking sites are not stored in the archive
  • Dynamic sites using databases (such as MySQL) or Server Scripting Languages will not have dynamic content

Things You'll Need

  • Time
  • An internet browser
  • A webpage that was / is online

Sources and Citations

  • www.archive.org

Article Info

Categories: Pages Needing Attention | Search Engines