As a digital type, that spreads design, code and content across the internet. It is hard work to save a web project, after it’s ended.

I’m for one don’t enjoy keeping old website CMS’ up-to-date and secure, when they are no longer being used.

Last year I built a website for the YMCA-Scouts general assembly, and the next assembly in 2020 needs a new website and new content. The challenge I face is saving the information from the website, to be able to go back a see what happened and was discussed the last time.

The website is built with WordPress, so first I looked for WordPress plugins to make it into static HTML pages. I tried Simply Static and WP2Static. No luck.

Either the links didn’t work. The styling wasn’t included, and one translated to a wrong character set. So, the Danish letter from the side wasn’t right. It spit this out:

A website where the styling is missing

HTTrack – just what I needed

I started correcting the wrong characters – page for page. But there needed to be a better method. The combined guys of the internet said HTTrack, but it didn’t seem worth the trouble.

But it still better than correcting the characters of æ, ø and å on 40+ pages. And it was easy – and worked perfectly. It’s even available for all platforms.

Laptop on a table with a website open

Finally, here is the guide for HTTrack

1. Open your terminal

2. Download HTTrack with brew

brew install httrack

3. Now you can use HTTrack– then enter:

httrack "https://[INSERT DOMAIN]" -O "[INSERT DESTINATION]" "+[INSERT FOLDER NAME]*" -v

So the command I entered was:

httrack "https://landsmoede.dk/" -O "/Downloads/landsmoede.dk" "+landsmoede.dk/*" -v

Remember to change it to your need. And be aware if it’s http or https.

When it finished downloading everything is available as simple HTML pages.

I put the save website at 2018.landsmoede.dk, so the old version was saved. And the domain was ready to a new website.

HTTrack can be used great, if you’re like me and changing portfolios all the time, it can help save old versions in your archives.