WayBack Machine Lets You View Snapshots of What A Site Looked Like In The Past

After changing the look of the desktop view of my blog yesterday, I realized I didn’t take a snapshot of the old look before effecting the change. Though not necessary, I decided to google if there is a way I could see the previous looks of my blog.

Fortunately, I stumbled on “Google Cache” and the “Wayback Machine“. While the “cache” maintained by Google only displays the snapshot of a page as it appeared when last it was indexed; the “Wayback machine” displays snapshots of a site throughout its’ history.

The Wayback Machine’s Internet Archive worked for me and I was able to get the snapshots of what my blog used to look like. You can also try it. It’s fun.

To start viewing what a site looked like in the past, go to http://www.archive.org/web/web.php type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and click the “take me back” button. Then select from the archived dates available.

If your site has been listed in major directories, like dmoz.org or have been linked to by some popular sites, your site will be automatically added to the internet archive. If you don’t want your site in the archive, you can read how to delete your site from Wayback Machine.

Is your site listed in the archive? Do you find this interesting? please, let me hear from you via comments.

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  1. This is cool. It's fun to see the old design of my blog but am not sure those marked dates are the actual dates a site was updated. Is it?

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