February 2nd 2014 2:20 pm
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I have been a busy little beaver and tried out different ways to save our stuff. We like HTTrack best. It makes a mirror of your page and then you can access it offline after Catster is gone (*sniff*). It saves your page and the photo album with comments, all your diary pages with comments. It doesn't take long. Try it. Here's the instructions:
How to save your page
This is Abby's Dad's blog and he's brilliant. There's also stuff about how to save your videos.
The page save instructions start where it says "Read this whole thing through". Read and follow carefully. It's not difficult. Heck, I got it figured out, so how hard can it be. It takes about 10-15 min to mirror one pet page. If it takes you MUCH longer then you did something wrong and should click on cancel. We didn't do the thing with the multiple url's at one time. We just did one pet and then the next and so on. Works great.
If you can't figure this out then pawmail us.
I wanted to mention the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
Internet Archive: Wayback Machine
Many of you like it and I do to. But be aware, it ONLY saves your main page. If you want all of your diary pages, all your photos in the photo album, all comments in diary and on photos saved, then you have to open each page and save them all there. Otherwise it's most likely not gonna be there after Catster is gone. The Internet archive is neat to see what your page looked like in past years. There are sometimes old saves there. Just be careful. If you don't save every page of your diary there then it's not gonna be there after Caster closes. That's why I like HTTrack better.
Also Httrack saves stuff on my computer's c: drive and then I can make a backup on a flash drive, but Internet archive is on the Internet. What if it ever closes? Not the Internet, The Wayback Machine. What if they ever run out of funds or just disappear? Then all your stuff is gone.
Finally, if you have ANY questions at all about this saving pages stuff then please come to the Dogster and Catster All Paws Bulletin Group And just ask. There are no stupid questions. Furs there will help you.
Feeling kinda sad today because it's only one more month *sniff*
Oopsie! We said Timo is smart...to Mietzi, MOL!
Well, you are, and she is too...both of you!
Thanks for sharing all this wisdom!
You are furgiven dear friends. It's a mistake easily made. We both have stripes but I'm wearing a tie.
Thanks, Timo! Did you check your HTTrack mirrored pages offline? Ours don't work right offline, especially after we emptied the browser cache. I don't know if it's something we did or if that's how they all work -- or don't work -- offline.
Thanks for the info!
Beepers, I tried it on somebody else's catputer and it worked. In the My Websites folder double-click on the index file. But then, I have logged in to Catster on that other puter in the past. How do you clear the browser cache? Is that the clear history? Have to go check again. Thank mew for the tip.
Hi Travis *waves*
Timo, I can open the files, but they don't display correctly when I'm not connected to the internet. Apparently they need to access some stuff at catster dot com in order to display correctly. HTTrack must not copy all the files needed to display a page - or in my case it didn't. I'm concerned how they'll display after the community is closed. It could be okay, because catster dot com will still exist, so maybe the files needed can still be accessed. But I don't know!
The easiest way to find out how to empty the browser cache for any browser is to Google 'how to clear cache on Firefox' or whichever browser you use. If you do happen to use Firefox, here's a link for it:
How to clear the Firefox Cache
We helped spread the word on Buddy and Abby's Daddy and his pawsome help to the dogsters and catsters. They saved our 3 pups for us. Gma had to have an unplanned surgery and hasn't been up to trying to save my stuff. Buddy has no kitties in his house.....We hope to try but may not get the job done. Gma does have all my pictures in the puter.
Thanks for spreading the word......kisses,precious and mazy