How To See Lost Webpages

By Subodh / September 24, 2015

Okay, so now we gonna be looking at a very rare issue, which you may had or have in future. We all know there are billions of webpages on the web and are even more than the whole world’s human population. Webpages keeps expanding and at the same time, for some reason, thousands of them keep vanishing every second. It may be due to a legal action against it or a Vulnerability attack or simply because of not paying the hosting bill by the webmaster. Due to such happenings, you may lose a really important webpage which you bookmarked but did’t save on your computer. So, in such condition, you wanna go back in time with the help of a time machine and get your data in a fully fresh form. BTW, you can also go for a plan B if you are uncomfortable with the first one for some reasons. There are virtual time machines available online using which you can see how a web page looked like on an exact date. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to see how a website looked in a specific time in past.

Another reason for which you wanna see the past-form of a webpage is curiosity. You may wanna see how big multimillion giants like Google, Facebook and YouTube looked at their initial stages. This will be great way to explore the before and after of such sites and get the clue of how technology has expanded in the past years.

Wayback Machine

Wayback Machine

Archive.org is a site that provides this tool: Wayback machine which allows you to see deleted webpages. It is considered one of the best virtual machines and is ideal for its job.

Open wayback machine and enter url. After that you’ll be taken to a calendar page from where you select the date of which you wanna see the site from the past. If it is in the index, you’ll get the page but if not, you have to try different method.

Search Engine Cache

How To See Lost Webpages

No doubt, search engine bots are super powerful and clever programs that travels the web through links. Wile traveling the saves each and every page that go through. Search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Duck Duck Go gives you ability to explore those caches.

One drawback of this method is that it wont show the exact scene of the past, but is enough, if you wanna see few images or only text.