How to archive website content?
Website archives contain both content as well as formatting that show how a web page looked at the time of capturing. A screenshot provides the most accurate representation of an archived page, which can be stored as a static image.
You can either take screenshots manually or automate repeated URL captures at any interval of time. Stillio simplifies web archiving with automated screenshots. The images are saved to your Stillio account where you can view, share, download them. You can also sync files to your Dropbox folder for offline storage.
Why archive websites?
There are several reasons to archive and keep track of changing web pages. As we still consider web an erratic medium in such cases websites can act can as a valuable memory bank for us.
While the motivation might depend on your role or responsibility whether you are at a level of CEO, Manager, Marketer, Legal professional, Designer or Developer, it often comes down to a handful of clear purposes to archive:
- Track changes
- Page Comparison
- Proof of publication
- Record keeping regulations
- Online heritage & nostalgia
Which pages require archiving?
There is no single rule that states whether a page needs to be archived or not. Though you might want to archive all the pages of your website or of your competitors, you may want to focus on your most important pages first.
The most popular pages to archive are:
- Top landing pages
- Main category pages – accessible from your primary navigation
- Most popular pages
- Pages with a high conversion rate
- Campaign pages
- Top product pages
- Social media pages – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others
- Legal pages – Terms of Service, Conditions and Privacy
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