This is an edited version of my comment posted at TOP.
I’ve recently had some trouble with an old web host and have been thinking about backups.
An easy way to backup an entire site as it is, with comments and styles intact, is to fire up a Unix utility called wget and have it crawl your site and save a static HTML version of it in a folder in your computer.
After TextDrive’s disorderly death and the ensuing mess I’ve been thinking about the following question:
Given that one has something worthwhile to say,1 what is the best way to assure the longevity of a personal2 website published on the internet?
It is obvious that we should use standard formats such as plain text and HTML, free and open source software such as SSH and SFTP and Git, and, ideally, though I’m no luddite, open source hardware (the one closest to this description I can think of is a Raspberry Pi).
Running notes on this clusterfuck.
No email notification from Textdrive before wiping user data. Hard to believe. Wish I had seen this HN post. Luckily I had already moved most websites off of Textdrive, and had database backups for the rest from September 2013. Installing these into local development environment and running them locally as domain.dev1, then converting sites that don’t need to be dynamic to HTML using wget: