How to view an older version of a website

Updated: 06/30/2020 by Computer Hope
Time rewind

The Wayback Machine is an archive that provides snapshots of websites available on the Internet, as they appeared at dates in the past. It is operated by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library. You can use the Wayback Machine to view past versions of websites.

To view a website address as it appeared in the past, follow the steps below.

How to view an older version of a website

  1. Open the Wayback Machine website.
  2. Type the URL of the website you'd like to browse into the search box.

Wayback Machine search box.

  1. In the section below the search box, select the year that interests you.

Year selector for Wayback Machine.

  1. In the section below the timeline, click any day that's highlighted with a blue dot.

Month and day selected on Wayback Machine.

  1. You can now browse the version of the website that was cached on the date you selected (Computer Hope 2004 shown below).

Computer Hope in 2004.

Why are some pages or years not listed?

There are many reasons a web page or a complete website may not be listed in the Wayback Machine. First, some websites may choose to block the Wayback Machine spiders from collecting some or all its page's. Other pages may have services on the site that prevent it from being cached on a different server. Finally, some services that are generated on the server cannot be cached. For example, while you can view older pages of Computer Hope, you cannot use our search engine, quiz, or poll because they all require our server.

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