Tuesday, 11 September 2018 12:02

3 Ways to Easily See an Archived Version of a Web Page

Author:  Ann Smarty

Source: This article was Published searchenginejournal.com By Ann Smarty - Contributed by Member: Corey Parker

There are various reasons why you would need to see the archived version of the page: to see the content of (temporally) unavailable page, to analyze on-page SEO (Google text only cache), to see when the page was archived by Google (Google cache), to see how the page used to look like or when it was first recorded (Wayback machine).

Here are the tools to help you accomplish any of the tasks:

1. Resurrect Pages

I personally don’t use it, but many people report it is one of the most comprehensive ones. One of its best features is the ability to open archived versions in a new tab. It is accessed via the context menu on right-clicking on a web link. (“The idea is that information can be gleamed from a URL from these two sources without you ever making a single connection to the site in question”.)


Supported archiving / mirror services:

  • Google Cache
  • Google Text only Cache
  • Yahoo! Cache
  • The Internet Archive
  • MSN Cache
  • Gigablast
  • WebCite

The tool can be accessed via:

  • Right-click context menu;
  • Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl-Shift-U
  • Sidebar

2. Passive Cache

My personal favorite because I love Google text only cache and use for every page I am diagnosing.

Supported archiving / mirror services:

  • Google’s text-only cache service
  • Archive.org Wayback Machine

3. ErrorZilla Plus

This extension replaces the Firefox default error page, which adds some useful tools to aid your troubleshooting.

Supported archiving / mirror services:

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  • Google Cache
  • Wayback

They are also a few proxy and server settings for additional aid:

  • Ping (use a server to ping the target server)
  • Trace (trace the network route from you to the server)
  • Coralize (use Coral CDN proxy to connect again)
  • Proxify (use your custom web proxy to connect)

You are also able to quickly check the domain Whois which I find a really useful option as well.

Bonus Addition: Way Back Machine


One of the most comprehensive current tools to see what a website looked like at any point in time! Want to see if the domain you are thinking about buying used to be a spam poker site? Want to see what Facebook looked like in 2005? This is the way to do it!

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