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Preserving Web Sites using WinHTTrack

How to use WinHTTrack to create dehydrated, navigable, offline copies of web sites.

Step 3: Providing Limitations and Exceptions for WinHTTrack

Step 3: Providing Limitations and Exceptions for WinHTTrack

               Once you have selected the file types you want to preserve, and other scraping rules for the program, navigate to the Build tab, where you will decide on the file structure for your mirror of the site.  By default “Site Structure” is the best option for casual users, but familiarize yourself with this screen if you want to do something more specific.  Additionally you will want to visit the Limits tab, which will allow you to specific how deeply into a site you want the program to scrape, as well as file size limits and transfer speed limits.  These tabs are useful if space is an issue for your computer or organization.

                When determining the limitations of WinHTTrack it would behoove you to also familiarize yourself with the Experts Only tab.  Do not be intimidated by the name, the limitations we will be looking at are easy to understand and will be useful in customizing your scrape.

Experts Only

Figure 7 Experts Only

               Feel free to explore the other tabs at your own pace, before selecting OK and going to the Action page where you will select the Next button and continue with the scrape.

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