Join our discord channel, or Facebook group ProtoWeb User Group. Ask one of the admins to help you get started.
The standard workflow is as follows:
Q: How do I know if my job has completed or failed?
A: You can view running jobs in the Contributor Panel, and looking at the job logs of your project will usually indicate if a failure has occurred. If you notice the archival job is still running, but you have made an error, you can delete a running job and start over.
Q: What if a recovered site is broken?
A: This depends. If the page is too far gone, and you cannot reconstruct the start page, we recommend you delete the site and find an alternative date with less broken links or images. If most of the pages are fine, you can fix some problems on a site manually, and missing graphics can be reconstructed. Sometimes you may find a file or a graphic that is missing but an alternative resource on archive.org or somewhere else on the net is available. In this case you can use the Upload URL feature in the File Manager which fetches a file from the Internet to the directory you specify. If portions of the website are not available anywhere, the links leading to broken areas of the websites may be commented out, so that the user is not presented with broken links. Do leave the HTML code in though, but comment it out. The hope is that eventually some broken areas can be restored with new restoration techniques.
Q: In the logs, it looks like archiving has slowed down. Is it stuck?
A: Toward the end of an archival process, the archiver goes through a lot of files and links trying to find any files that it may have missed. This is probably what you are seeing. Give it time - it will complete.
Q: I cannot access the web site I just crawled on the development server. The job is Complete, but I'm always getting a 500 server error!
A: The development server expects exact addresses. “www.site.com” is different than “site.com”. So make sure you are accessing the site with the URL you crawled. In other words, if you crawled “www.site.com”, then you will access the site as “www.site.com”. If you crawled “site.com”, then you will access the site with “site.com”. Only after publishing, the redirects will be added, so “site.com” will go to the primary site “www.site.com” and vice versa.
Q: I prefer working on site files on my own computer with my own text editors. Is this possible?
A: Affirmatively yes! once you have archived a website, you will need go back to the job queue, click on “Edit” to access the File Manager. Inside the File Manager, you may easily compress a website into a zip-file by selecting all files and then choosing “Zip”. This will begin a process in the background and the file manager will be unavailable until the compression of files is done. Zipping may take a few minutes. Once the process is complete, the file will appear in the active directory. You may then download the zip-file and unzip it to your computer to work on the files. Once you are done, you can create another zip archive, upload it back to the server. Then inside the File Manager, open the archive you uploaded, and click UnZip. You do not need to zip up a site every time you make a change. You may also upload individual edited files if you prefer. If you'd like to test the site on your local computer, you may choose to use a locally running HTTP server, or you can upload files to the development server and test the site there.
Q: I would like to back up the site I crawled. Is that possible?
A: Yes, you can always back up your site, even after you fix and edit it. Just log on to the Contributor Panel, go to the File Manager of the your website using the Edit button, select all files, and click on the ZIP or TAR buttons to create archives of the selected files. You can then download the archive to your computer.
Q: Can I capture specific URL's such as website subdirectories or specific files?
A: While this feature is planned to be added in the future, it is not currently available. If you need to add files to an existing site, you can upload them through the file manager, or use the Upload URL in the file manager to upload a link to a working file. If you need further assistance, contact one of the admins, and they will be able to modify the site files any way needed.