The Internet Time Machine is an online archive of websites and pages to help internet users see into the web’s past. Let’s imagine a scenario to give you an idea of how the Internet Time Machine works. Four years ago, you designed a web page that you liked. The colors, the layout, and the flow were all perfect. You turned your work over to the client and went on your way. Years later you’re designing a website for a new client and think a site like the one you had before designed would look great. You log on to the client’s website to inspire you, but in the years since you designed the site, they have changed their layout.

Aww man, that website had plenty of great inspiration, and you don’t have any other backups of how it looked. If only there were a way that you could look at that website again – with the Internet Time Machine you can.

So, What is the Internet Time Machine?

The Internet Time Machine is a part of the Archive.org non-profit web page, also known as the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive houses free books, movies, television, music, and of course archived websites. To date, the Internet Archive has archived over 300 billion unique web pages. You can save pages, and sign up for subscription service.

How the Internet Time Machine Works

  • Log onto https://archive.org/web/
  • Enter the domain of the website you want to access. For example, your old client’s domain of http://dereksferretemporium.com.
  • Select the year, the month, and the day of when you want to see the site as it was. For example, 2012, then June, then the 2nd.
  • Hit the submit button, and that’s it, you can now see the web page as it was on June 2nd, 2012 with the theme you worked so hard on. Now you can take those ideas to your client.

If you need to find an old site design, want to grab that logo that you designed years ago, or you’re curious how a website looked way back when you can use the Internet Time Machine to travel back in time. Think of yourself as the Marty McFly of the world wide web.