Capturing a website...

Posted on 2009-02-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-19
I have a friend who has paid someone to build a site for them. The site was mostly built and is up and running, my friend now wants to move his site to another server and to allow someone else to mange the website. The problem is that the original developer never gave him the actual site on disk and my friend has no way to modify/download or any other way to get the site.

So my question is this, is there a way to download the website from the internet and keep all the content and make it available for him to host on another server? The site I believe is written in PHP.

Keep in mind that he has paid the original developer and they have a contract that he has fulfilled it's the developer who is avoiding him.

Question by:nike_golf
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi nike_golf,

    You can download the rendered pages easily enough (the HTML, CSS, images) but if there is PHP scripting involved you will need to get access to the hosting account and download the files via FTP.
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    Assisted Solution

    The developer doesn't want to give you the native files for the site that your friend paid for? Hmmm.. my advice first and foremost would be to try your best to contact the developer.

    If the site has been written in a standard web language (what's the extension? .html? .jsp?), it should be easy to just either go to your web browser and go to "file" > "save page as" OR just "right click" > "view page source" then highlight all of the code and paste into a txt file. Save the text file with the extension .html and continue doing this for each page.

    If you use Mozilla Firefox as your web browser AND you notice the styling is all weird when you look at the pages you saved to your computer, Firefox has great add-ons which will allow you to access the .css files. Here's the web developer one:

    If the site is in Flash, you need to contact the developer and get the site directly from him/her.

    Hope this helps a little.
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    Author Comment

    I was afraid you guys were going to say that... thanks for the input.


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