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by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
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HOW TO get back a missing web page or website

Did you ever bookmark a valuable web page & discover one day that it has vanished? Or as a designer or developer found that a website that you have built for a former client & proudly put in your portfolio returns a "Page not found" error just when a prospective employer checks it out?

On the Internet there is a constant churn, web pages get modified or disappear altogether alongwith the whole website due to various reasons. It is in times like these that you can invoke the services of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Unless you have configured the robots.txt on a website to exclude your site from being crawled, you may get back the whole website as it was archived by the Wayback Machine at different intervals. Even dynamic pages (that render standard html & do not require interaction with the originating host) are archived and you can also link to the old pages! These options make it more attractive than the cached content provided by Google or Live Search.

The Wayback Machine contains almost 2 petabytes of data and is currently growing at a rate of 20 terabytes per month.

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