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What Does Archive Site Mean?

An archive site is a website that presents obsolete or dead
webpages for a viewing audience. This is part of keeping alive the “retro tech”
phenomenon, and maintaining old technology landmarks for posterity.


Techopedia Explains Archive Site

Archive sites may work on the basis of a web crawler to look
for specific kinds of obsolete content, or they may work on the basis of user
submissions. Some work on a combination of the two. Other archive websites
might pull from a specific venue. For instance, the massive GeoCities web domain
that was taken down years ago was a repository for many thousands of
user-created sites. A GeoCities-specific archive site might take various pages
from this obsolete domain, and move them to a place where web users can continue to access


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