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There's a forum that I like to read because it has a lot of useful technical information on it. But the site is owned by one person and I'm worried he might retire. I checked archive.org and it appears that the forum is only partially included. Is there a way that I can get the entire forum archived without the site owner's assistance (I doubt he'd object but he doesn't seem interested in the effort).

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  • you can add it all by yourself – user0 Mar 17 at 21:04
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Many people have shown interest in making sure the Wayback Machine has copies of the web pages they care about most. These saved pages can be cited, shared, linked to – and they will continue to exist even after the original page changes or is removed from the web.

There are several ways to save pages and whole sites so that they appear in the Wayback Machine. Here are 5 of them.

1. Save Page Now

Put a URL into the form, press the button, and we save the page. You will instantly have a permanent URL for your page. Please note, this method only saves a single page, not the whole site.

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At the moment, there are a few exceptions for this method – some sites prohibit crawling, a few have SSL (security) settings that make it break – but this method will work for most pages. The feature saves the page you enter including the images and CSS. It does not save any of the outlinks, and can’t be used to initiate a crawl of an entire web site. We do not keep your IP address, so your submission is anonymous.


2. Browser extensions and add-ons

Install the Wayback Machine Chrome extension in your browser. Go to a page you want to archive, click the icon in your toolbar, and select Save Page Now. We will save the page and give you a permanent URL.

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The same provisos from "Save Page Now" apply – there are some pages where it won’t work, and it only saves one page at a time. One plus to installing the extension though is that now as you surf around, when you run into a missing page we will alert you if we have a saved copy.

More extensions, apps, and add-ons:


3. Wikipedia JavaScript Bookmarklet

Nobody loves a primary source more than a Wikipedia editor. To that end, they offer a Wayback Machine JavaScript Bookmarklet that allows you to quickly save a web page from any browser.

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4. Volunteer for Archive Team

Archive Team is an entirely volunteer-driven group who are interested in saving Internet history. Many of the sites and pages they save end up in the Wayback Machine. Visit the Archive Team site to learn more about how to volunteer with them.


5. Sign up for an Archive-It Account

Archive-It is a subscription service provided by Internet Archive that allows you to run your own crawling projects without any technical expertise. Tell us what to crawl and how often to crawl it, and we execute the crawl and put the results in the Wayback Machine.

Archive-It is a paid subscription service with technical and web archivist support. This option is most appropriate for organizations that have a mandate to save certain types or categories of web content on a regular basis. If your institution is a current Archive-It partner, contact them for how you can contribute.


https://help.archive.org/Save-Pages-in-the-Wayback-Machine

  • Thank you. I read that page too. But it doesn't answer my question - how to archive an entire forum rather than just a single page. Forums often have hundreds or thousands of topics so it is not practical to archive all of them one by one. I took a look at Archive-It too but it appears to be an institutional product, not for individual use. – WebUserLearner Mar 17 at 22:42
  • well, these are the only options. yes, Archive-It is a paid product which could, however, do the whole job in a few clicks. Apart from that, your only option is to do page-by-page by yourself or contact archive.org support and convince them to scrape it all on their expenses in "benefit of future mankind" – user0 Mar 17 at 22:49
  • @WebUserLearner webapps.stackexchange.com/help/someone-answers – user0 May 19 at 18:52

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