How do I make a CD of a website
February 25, 2004 6:37 AM   Subscribe

I want to make a CD of a website. What is the best way to go about this?
posted by batboy to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
Are you the designer? Where are the source files?
posted by damnitkage at 6:39 AM on February 25, 2004

Response by poster: I'm not the designer. It's a straight-up shtml directory structure and all of the source files are hierarchically ordered within the directory.
posted by batboy at 6:53 AM on February 25, 2004

You can mirror an entire website offline with wget. Here's a tutorial.
posted by waxpancake at 6:55 AM on February 25, 2004

Or, if the site is just static files with no database, you can just drag the whole file stucture into your CD burning app. HTML has no magic, it's just text files. A browser will read the site from CD the same way it will from a web server (mostly).

But if the site has a feature rich backend, database, keyword search, etc. it may be impossible to really have it on a CD. The problem being that a great deal of "the site" is really the database and the code which creates everything on the fly.
posted by y6y6y6 at 8:31 AM on February 25, 2004

y6y6y6: That will break all relative links and inline images, though. wget will rewrite the paths so that everything works locally, if you want it too.
posted by waxpancake at 8:42 AM on February 25, 2004

Why would it break the relative paths and inline images?
posted by y6y6y6 at 7:58 PM on February 25, 2004


html *is* magic! It really is!

And CSS is like magic squared!
posted by kaibutsu at 11:06 PM on February 25, 2004

i'm with y6y6y6, isn't the whole point of relative paths the fact that they're uh...relative?
posted by juv3nal at 11:59 PM on February 25, 2004

Make a PDF.
posted by joeclark at 9:01 PM on February 29, 2004

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