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    Possible to retrieve source code from an expired website?

    I let one of my hosting packages expire, for a website that I hadn't maintained in a while. I guess I just assumed that the hosting company would have some type of backup, but I assumed wrong. They deleted everything as soon as the hosting package expired.

    I have all the files that I originally uploaded, and I created a lot of the pages with Microsoft documents. But I don't have any clue how I had the site laid out and mapped.....I had several intralinks. Is there a web service that offers the ability to view pages/code of a website from the past? I have seen websites that allow you to view pages from the past of sites that are still operating.....but I also need the page source code for a site that is only a domain name right now. Thanks for any help!

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    Google has a lot of cached webpages. Try searching for it on Google and look for cached pages. Only open the cached pages.
    Welcome to http://www.myphotowizard.net

    where you can edit images, make a photo calendar, add text to images, and do much more.


    When you know what you're doing it's called Engineering, when you don't know, it's called Research and Development. And you can always charge more for Research and Development.

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    The only two things I can think of are these two things:

    Code:
    Wayback Machine: http://archive.org/web/web.php
    
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    Google Cache: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:*YOURDOMAIN*
    Replace *YOURDOMAIN* with your domain without the http://
    My signature :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by billvasko View Post
    I guess I just assumed that the hosting company would have some type of backup, but I assumed wrong.
    Rule One: Never assume that a backup exists unless:

    1. you made the backup yourself and
    2. you have checked the content of the backup to make sure that the backup actually worked.
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    Don't forget to start your JavaScript code with "use strict"; which makes it easier to find errors in your code.

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    The best way to backup a website is to build a localhost website on your own machine. And keep a 'carbon copy' on another disk, cd or other media. When you have a localhost duplicate of your website you can test everything before you upload it, as well.
    Welcome to http://www.myphotowizard.net

    where you can edit images, make a photo calendar, add text to images, and do much more.


    When you know what you're doing it's called Engineering, when you don't know, it's called Research and Development. And you can always charge more for Research and Development.

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    Thanks guys.....the Wayback Machine allowed me to view the homepage of the site and the source code. But once I clicked on any of the links, it took me to a page that said "this account is suspended." I guess it's a start.....

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    You would copy/paste the links into the wayback machine.
    If you are learning PHP, developing PHP code, or debugging PHP code, do yourself a favor and check your web server log for errors and/or turn on full PHP error reporting in php.ini or in a .htaccess file to get PHP to help you.

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    Thanks, that worked!! You guys are awesome!! Saved me a ton of work!

    Quote Originally Posted by CFMaBiSmAd View Post
    You would copy/paste the links into the wayback machine.


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