Save your important websites offline

I posted this before, but here it is again.  I highly suggest you mirror your most important sites.

Given the recent uncertainties around Ebola and whether it will spread or be contained, it might be prudent if you had entire copies of your most valuable website resources available during any power interruption or if you need to relocate to an area without internet.

I haven’t had time to get everything printed off into binders, as I’m sure many of you have not.  Right now I’m mirroring just about everything in the “Essentials” sidebar on the right, starting with my favorite Comms sites (Sparks31, Danmorgan76, AMRRON and Radiomaster).  Looks like I need to get a good medical site listed as well.

HTTrack is an easy to use tool that allows you to “mirror”, or copy down an entire website to your local computer.

 

HTTrack

As an example, Wirecutter recently posted about  a site, http://www.airnav.com, that has airport data for all airports (including all frequencies).  This could be useful for any number of reasons.

Thanks to HTTrack, and about a 15 hour mirror, I now have all that data locally.  The site mirror time depends on how big the site is.  I’ve ranged from 10 minutes to 15 hours.  It runs unattended once you kick it off, so no babysitting.  Most sites don’t take more than an hour or two.

Get it here, HTTrack.  Here is the description from the main page…

HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility.

It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

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