PS. Looks like archive.org tried to index the missing page and so the final 404 now forwards to Yahoo Domains! 🤦
(I’m currently downloading a local copy of my old Geocities page so I can serve – and back it up – myself and I’ll update the link in the example once that’s ready. Also flying to Belgium today to kickstart a very exciting project that we’re collaborating on with the City of Ghent so apologies if it’s not fixed immediately.)
@aral ohh! Cool! Have fun!
@aral I really like the message of trying to get web publishers to think about creating their own archives, instead of relying on the Internet Archive https://blog.archive.org/2013/10/24/web-archive-404-handler-for-webmasters/ A distributed web needs a distributed archive, and many different types of archives.
The first step of "Backup your current site to a subdomain" is the hardest part I think. While it's relatively easy for a static site, what does it mean for a dynamic web application?
@inkdroid It was badly worded, I didn’t mean backup as in a static backup, I meant “serve your old site from a different subdomain.” So, even for dynamic sites, mostly a trivial DNS change. The use case doesn’t really extend to pages that require a login.
@aral if the host name is simply an alias to the current website how is that an archive — how can its contents persist after the main site changes or has content deleted from it?
Right, now serving a downloaded copy of my Geocities site instead of hitting @internetarchive directly so the examples on https://4042302.org should all work perfectly now.
Also: testament to how quickly you can set up a different version of your site with this technique :)
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