As you know, the real process of working with traffic is not only the creation of creatives, studying of target audience, postback settings, etc., but also the creation of sites, their upload to hosting, the purchase of domains, their parking in the Affiliate Program. Media buying is a large number of other important tasks.
The webmaster can prepare all the aspects that he needs to run ads himself, which will take much more time. Sometimes somewhere he may not have enough knowledge and skills, which means he will have to seek help from a specialist who will do it for him.
For example, to create a working site, a webmaster needs to know HTML, CMS, etc. He must also be able to configure Cloudflare in order to secure his resources. He also needs to have knowledge about DNS servers or VPN setup, SEO principles of site optimization, etc. This is quite costly in terms of time and money.
Can the webmaster go the other way and create a working copy of the selected web project himself and remake it for further personal use? In today's article, we will consider all options for creating a copy of the site, their pros and cons.
Is it possible to create an exact copy of a web resource page on your own?
When you open absolutely any website in a browser, a request is automatically sent to a specific remote server. In response to this action, a specific document is sent. The data of this document is downloaded and interpreted by the browser in the form of a web page with the content displayed on it (a copy of which is automatically saved to the clipboard). When you navigate through tabs or links, this request is repeated in a similar way. When a user visits a site, a copy of the page is systematically displayed while its code is loaded and stored in memory. However, it should be noted that editing the page remains impossible.
One of the simple and usable ways to save a copy of the site with all its content is to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + S. This way of creating a copy does not imply access to the original code. Everything ends at the stage of displaying the answer on the user's computer screen, which in the future does not give a full opportunity for further full-fledged work with this project. Probably every novice webmaster tried to create a working copy of the site using various parsers. Sometimes this can actually work. But if the site developer has taken care of copy protection in advance, then even the latest version of the parser in this case may not be able to cope with loading data.
The full code of the site page (with all source files) that opens in a web-browser can be copied if the user has rights to access the files and directories of the resource. If not, then the user belongs to the "others" class, and therefore he can be limited to having only a static version of the web page.
Almost every website is created using HTML. The code is automatically interpreted by the browser and displayed on the screen in the required visual and content design. The site structure in this case consists of dynamically changing web pages. The code of such pages is generated during the request to process an HTML file and it is processed by one of the programming languages (for example: PHP, Java).
Another popular way to copy a site page is to save it by archiving, Windows is used for this. After saving the page, the user can make a backup copy of the saved files in the hosting dashboard. However, if the site contains web forms that are processed using a database and a request is sent to the server, it will not be possible to get close to them. From this we can conclude that it is quite possible to copy any site (getting its local version), but it is almost impossible to use a copy of the site for further full-fledged work without the right to access the files and directories of the resource.
Possible problems that arise when copying a site page.
Downloaded sites that are based on the CMS engine using PHP will be significantly different from the original site. After copying the site, the user may see the some problems, for example:
- The page opens much slower.
- The downloaded site does not match its original. The reason for this problem may be incorrect layout.
- Low quality of uploaded images.
- Web forms, links and frames do not work correctly or do not work at all.
If we talk about copying a simple one-page site, then everything is much more real here if it is created using HTML, JS and CSS. It should be noted again that it is impossible to make any changes to the PHP code of the site without access to the server. Therefore, even if you use the services of a developer, he is unlikely to be able to help you in this matter. In this case, it is better to copy simple pages or make them from the beginning, using a personal resource and knowledge, or use the services of a developer.
How to make a copy of the code and images from the site.
Let's consider a few more options for copying a site that webmasters can use:
Parsers are scripts or programs that collect the necessary data from a web resource and convert it into the required format. Content parsers extract text, media from the required page of the site, or can create a complete copy of it. There are many parsers that differ in speed, variety of options and functions, and of course in price.
One of the most famous free services that belongs to the "offline browser" utilities is Teleport Pro. The service allows you to download entire sites and save them on your hard drive. It also downloads all files, completely copies the structure of the site, its pages and file base. Also, the program can search and download only the necessary selected files, for example, only text or only media files.
Another free utility for viewing sites and resources offline is HTTrack Website Copier. The tool helps to save any site from the browser to the computer. At the same time, it completely copies the structure of the web resource, HTML, link structure, media files, etc. After saving, you can fully view a copy of the site and follow the links on your computer offline.
The algorithm for working with parsers is very similar for most programs. You need to enter the address of the site you are interested in and set the criteria. After saving a copy of the web resource, check its available functionality and host it.
Online services work on the principle of parsers, but their main difference is the ability to work online, without downloading and installing a program on a computer. One such popular free service is SaveWeb2ZIP.
Save via browser.
The user can save the selected project to his computer in any browser, spending a few minutes of his time on it. A copy of the page is saved on the user's computer (HTML file + folder), the copy opens in the browser and looks quite working.
To save a large project, this process will have to be repeated many times. For process speed when creating a copy of the site, the user can always contact specialists. There are many companies and freelancers who will do everything for you for a fee.
One such online site copying service is SiteCopy, which offers several rates for its services. The final price is set only after the analysis of the site. Also on the site it is possible to pre-check the possibility of copying the site you are interested in (many sites are protected from copying). After copying the site, there is also the possibility of making changes and adapting to yourself using the CMS system.
How to remake a saved site?
To remake the copied site on your own, you need to make a copy of the site in any chosen way. To make changes to the structure, you can use any editor that allows you to work with code, such as Visual Studio Code, Notepad++, or Sublime Text. You need to open the editor, correct the code, and then save it. Next, you need to see how the changes are displayed in the web browser. To change the visual appearance of HTML tags, you need to apply CSS, add web forms, action buttons, links, etc. After saving, you will have a modified file on your computer with updated functions, design, and targeted actions.
The Web-Archive parser can help you change a workable multi-page site (it downloads full versions of the original projects, saving media files in the system). It is possible to extract a full copy of the project from the backup copies of the saved resource. After cleaning the code, the project adapts to the user's personal request. For example, the R-Tools service can recreate a new project from saved copies of sites from the web archive.
There are also services that collect and analyze all project data from the specified Internet archives, which have a site creation and management system (CMS). The system creates a copy of the project with an admin panel and a place to store information, for example, Archivarix (the program can recreate the project and archive it).
The newly created project needs to be hosted, bind a new domain to it and replace the file paths with relative ones. Thus, we get a fairly fast and working method, which we also recommend considering for work.
How to create a copy of a project using Wordpress?
Let's start with a small definition, WordPress is a free website engine on which absolutely any user can create a page, even if they don't know the basics of programming. Fragments of HTML code function and run only while the program is running, and as we said earlier, without the right to access files and directories of the resource, it will be very difficult and time-consuming to make a full-fledged and working copy of the project, sometimes even for an experienced programmer (each site has its own difficulty level to create a copy).
For a regular user, in this case, only the local version of the site is available, which includes styles, fonts, and images. For a full-fledged working site, this is not enough. Using various parsers and services for creating copies of sites on Wordpress is possible, but you need to be prepared for the fact that their functionality is limited to copying HTML code.
How to create a copy of a project using Tilda?
Tilda is one of the well-known block website builders, which is very popular among users because the functionality allows even an inexperienced user to create a website.
The media buying industry is no exception. Many webmasters create landings and pre-landings every day using this constructor for various offers for their advertising campaigns.
To make a full-fledged copy of a resource on Tilda, you must have access to the control panel, where all its data and files are stored. Using services that can parse content or effectively extract information from Internet archives, you can make a copy of the landing page you like. The service, one of the few, provides the option of transferring the original code. This option is available when purchasing the Business tariff package.
Copying sites for media buying.
Every webmaster knows that the success of an advertising campaign depends on daily work, changing approaches, searching for working landings and pre-landers, conducting tests and, of course, analyzing their ads and their analytics. Success is always achieved by those who are looking for ways to grow and increase traffic. To run ads, you need to do a lot of research, prepare the necessary proxies, accounts, trackers, as well as landings and pre-landings.
Some prefer to use landing pages provided by the Affiliate Program, others take landing pages from competitors, and others create landing pages on their own. The first two are the most common. In certain cases, they can become profitable, but this is not a long-term story, since the competition in such cases is great and landing pages are worked out quickly enough.
High-quality landing is the key to future success and good ROI. Therefore, we advise you to take a more responsible approach to its preparation, because not every landing taken from a competitor can bring the expected result to the webmaster. In this case, it is better to adapt the landing page for yourself, taking into account the criteria for the future ads.
Absolutely every user who is familiar with the functionality of browsers, parsers and various services for working with the reconstruction of web archives can copy a page of a site. However, most methods make it possible to make a copy of a one-page site or the simplest landing page. To copy a more complex site and further adapt it to your needs, you need much more time, knowledge and sometimes the help of development specialists.
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