Web sites are constantly evolving, most of the ones you are used to nowadays are very modern, sleek, smooth and possess many advanced features. But it has not always been the case: Because not so long ago, the websites ??very poorly developed with simple interfaces. Here's a fun website that will allow you to get a preview of how the websites looked some years ago.
The Wayback Machine
This site contains thousands of Internet archives and thousands of Web pages as they were, recorded on a specific date. This site is located at http://archive.org/web/web.php
. Here is the homepage :
Travelling back in time
The Wayback Machine allow us to visit a web page at a given date. Unfortunately, it is not (yet) possible to browse an entire site as it was.
Begin by entering the URL of the page in question, in our case, we will try to www.commentcamarche.net:
Then click on "Take me back."
The Wayback Machine will then show you a calendar in which you can select a particular date. You can navigate between the years with the top graph, which shows the number of pages archived for one month.
We shall choose year 2005 as there are a lot of archived pages. A month calendar is displayed. The blue circles correspond to the number of recorded pages for a particular date:
When you hover over a date for which one or more page(s) have been recorded(s), a tooltip offers hours at which the the page has been archived.
In our example, click on 12:13:47,to check how the website was September 1, 2005 at 12:13 and 47 seconds (very accurate).
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