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Free software to create full copies of sites to archive

HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system. WinHTTrack is the Windows (from Windows 2000 to Windows 10 and above) release of HTTrack, and WebHTTrack the Linux/Unix/BSD release. See the download page…” [Presidential transitions are a time when government sites go offline, data and information is removed and lost. It may be helpful to make copies of sites that you need to archive.]

See also  – Archive-it.orgThe leading web archiving service for collecting and accessing cultural heritage on the web. Built at the Internet Archive

See also via LC Creating Preservable Websites: “The Library of Congress recommends the following best practices to keep in mind when designing websites, to help ensure successful preservation of your websites by any archiving institution. While adhering to these recommendations won’t guarantee a high-quality archival capture and subsequent flawless preservation of your website, not following them will ensure additional archiving and preservation challenges.”

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