Last Saturday I lost some of the column (widget) information after a backup restore. For whatever reason, that content didn’t restore with the database backup. I was not looking forward to rewriting all of that lost html. My opt-in form, my subscribe and social buttons, banners and latest videos… all gone. So what’s one to do? There are two options, really.
1. Google’s Cached Pages
First, I was lucky enough to find the data I needed in Google’s cached pages. Not long ago, Google had a small link within their search results allowing us to see the latest version of any page in their index. A cached page is simply a “snapshot” of the content as it looked when last indexed. This may or may not have the data you’re looking for. I got lucky and found everything I needed. I simply took the source from that cached page, extracted the HTML code I needed and was back in business.
Here’s how to find that Google Cached content:
Using Google Chrome, simply add “cache:” at the beginning of the URL. So
would look like:
2. The Wayback Machine
The second option would have been to check the Wayback Machine: Internet Archive . The Wayback Machine is an archiving website that saves older versions of your website or blog as long as you haven’t blocked their spiders. These archives can be very useful when trying to recreate lost of forgotten content.
Have you found lost content in Google’s cached pages or the Wayback Machine? Do you have any other methods I haven’t thought about? As always, you comments are always welcome here.
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