Whether you have accidentally deleted or changed your mind about erasing a webpage, it can seem a daunting task to recreate the page content if you have no back up copy saved.
Many web servers are automatically backed up on regular basis and many websites have a built-in backup facility. Although utilising these back ups to recover one webpage maybe considered more trouble than it’s worth.
How do you quickly re-create a lost webpage?
An important function of any search engine is storing a copy of all the indexed webpages so that it can analyse and return search results super fast from the search engines servers. The only trouble is that you need a very big search engine that caches almost every webpage. Google is undoubtedly the largest search engine on the planet, and very little on the web escapes its indexing tentacles.
Fortunately Google still allows public access to pages it has indexed, which is one of the ways you can make sure your website is being indexed by Google and that it is being refreshed within a reasonable time period. There are other uses for these cached pages, such as an alternative source when a website is down or when faster page loading is required for slow websites. But what we are interested in for this task is the ability to recover the text and html code for the deleted webpage.
The frequency that Google updates a cached webpage depends on many factors, but for the majority of pages on the web, it will most likely be a few days before Google updates the cache. So this means that Google will not keep the lost webpage forever , but you will still have a good chance of retrieving it even if it takes a little while for it to dawn on you that the webpage has gone.
How do you find a lost webpage in Google cache?
When you search for something in Google it returns a set of natural results underneath any served up Ads. To get Google to show a result for the deleted page you will need search for a phrase which includes the title of the deleted page or something similar, and name of your website. If you put in the exact web address, Google may try to display the page and skip over displaying results for your search, so avoid entering a complete link to the page.
Each result is made up the page title, the url link, and a snippet describing the page. At the end of the url link you will notice arrow head pointing down, if you click on this it will offer you a choice of what to view. One of these choices is ‘Cached’ and if you click on it you will be taken to the cached version of the webpage.
Once the cached page is displayed you can simply select all the text on the page and copy & paste it to a text editor on your computer to work on further, or straight into your website page editor for re-publishing.
If you also want to recover the html coding from the page, you will need to right click on the cached page and select view page source, where you can then scan the html code to pick out the sections that were deleted.
We hope Google Cached Pages helped you to recover a webpage that you thought was gone forever. But it is also worth noting, that if you want to guarantee that you will always be able to recover a deleted webpage, then you cannot rely just on this method, this is not a substitute for backing up your entire website on a regular basis.