The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet. It was launched in 2001 by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, United States. It is used by a number of people on the web to create business strategies or to understand the competition or to access the deleted data of the websites. It holds data of over 10 billion web pages. One can use it see how a website looked like at any period of time between 1996 and today. As of July 2016, the Wayback Machine reportedly contained around 15 petabytes of data.
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Though it is used by so many people from around the world, there is a possibility that it may be taken down in the future. In Europe, the Wayback Machine could be interpreted as violating copyright laws. Only the content creator can decide where their content is published or duplicated, so the Archive would have to delete pages from its system upon request of the creator. In such a scenario, here is a list of best Wayback Machine alternatives.
Best Wayback Machine Alternatives
archive.is is an archive site that stores snapshots of web pages. It was formerly known as archive.today. It uses headless browsing to record what embedded resources need to be captured to provide a high-quality memento and creates a PNG image to provide a static and non-interactive visualization of the representation. Archive.is has some pretty nifty features like you can find both the code and the screenshot of any page of any website. The interface is pretty simple and easy to use and anyone can use it without breaking a sweat. Due to internet censorship issues, archive.is is not available in China, Finland, and to some extent in Russia as well.
Screenshots.com is another popular archive site and can be a good alternative to the Wayback Machine. It has stored around 250 million snapshots of various web pages in its server which is quite less than that of the Wayback Machine but is sufficient enough to get your work done most of the time. It has a pretty nice interface and provides the complete WHOIS record of the domain which is very useful but not having the feature to access the code, destination link can be annoying and major let down for some. There are also fewer chances of you finding the data of less popular websites. Saying so, it can be a good alternative to the Wayback Machine.
Domain Tools is yet another contender for a good Wayback Machine alternative and as expected it does its job pretty efficiently. You can find the hosting history and the IP address records of most of the websites found on the web. Similar to the above-mentioned alternatives, its interface is pretty neat and easy to use.
PageFreezer.com is another archiving service operated by PageFreezer Software, Inc. based in Vancouver, Canada. The company provides websites, blog & social media archives. Some of its noteworthy features are legal evidence, live browsing, digital signature, data export, and web page comparison. It even has tools for marketing your online content. The interface is very simple and easy to use. In 2007, it was listed in the 500 fastest growing companies of Canada. PageFreezer is a very reliable Wayback Machine alternative, a platform to boost your business and have an eye on your competitors.
Competitor Screenshots is the final Wayback Machine alternative on our list. Once you sign in to it, you can have access to the screenshots of most the web pages. It shows a detailed information of domains that you search for and can also help you keep an eye on the competition.
The list is not any particular order. But if I had to pick anyone among these, I would have gone for Archive.is or PageFreezer.com. Both are equally good but PageFreezer is far superior in terms of features than any other mentioned in the list.
These are the best Wayback Machine alternatives that one can try out in 2018. I hope this article works the way it is intended to be. Let us know about your experience trying out the methods mentioned in this article in the comments section down below. In case I missed mentioning anything or if there is some topic which you want me to cover, please let me know in the comments section down below.