February 14, 2003

Saving the Blog

Techy question for ya.

You want to preserve your weblog and all associated images to a CD so that it can be viewed as if online.

What is the best way to do that?

UPDATE: I think I got the answer. I downloaded a freeware (adware) web "stripper" called, as a matter of fact, WebStripper. I drug the url for Fragments to the WebStripper window, clicked once, and it captured the current page, all archives, and even saved all my comments and opens them in a new window! It missed most of my images, but I have since found an option that says 'fetch images from page' or somesuch, and will retry the process again when I am ready to copy it to CD this weekend! Thanks, all, for your help.

Posted by fred1st at February 14, 2003 06:18 AM | TrackBack

Do you mean like to "demo" for someone? Burn a CD!

Posted by: phillip at February 14, 2003 07:20 AM

I'm thinking save for archive purposes, for posterity (bless their little hearts, how could future generations do without an eternal copy of Fragments!?). Should I save archive files from each month as individual files, and if I do this, will that link to the images? Also, given the fact that the images will not be stored 15 years from now at their present locations with my host server, is there an easy way to capture those images to the CD and 'redirect' the links to the local drive (the CD)?

Once the files are saved, I good to go re copying them to the CD.

Posted by: fredf at February 14, 2003 07:38 AM

There are several software programs that will download an entire web site, maintain links, directory structures etc. WebWhacker is one that I am familiar with, however I'm sure there are more out there, and I bet if you look around you can find one that is freeware.

Posted by: Chris at February 14, 2003 08:41 AM

Here is a selection of offline browsers

Posted by: Chris at February 14, 2003 08:44 AM

I'd like the saved version to be readable in MSIE and/or Netscape and not dependent on a third party software that may not endure. I have a legacy program called iHarvest that I had been using for this purpose, but the CD would have to include a copy of this unsupported 'ad on' that might not 'ad on' down the road.

Posted by: fredf at February 14, 2003 09:29 AM

When I do a File..., Save As... in Explorer, it does all that stuff automagically. It's not particularly elegant, but it gets the job done, especially if you're just saving off monthly-type archives. You might want to juke with the templates to show in-line comments in the monthlies, but that's pretty straightforward. That way, your great-great-granduns can read my dearthless prose, too.

Then there's always Acrobat.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at February 14, 2003 01:13 PM

AUTHOR: anne
EMAIL: anne@inspiredwebs.com
URL: http://banneshee.diaryland.com/
DATE: 02/14/2003 04:34:25 PM

Posted by: anne at February 14, 2003 04:34 PM

Why not download the whole root folder via ftp? Iff-in ya don't you will need it one day to restore.

You can then burn it off and run it on any server, any time you want to.

Or use Acrobat and PDF it...of course that "freezes" it in a print form...but is that what you mean by preserve?

Posted by: feste at February 14, 2003 11:00 PM

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