If you need to recover a web page that is no longer available online, you may be able to recover it with one of these techniques. The first two rely on cached pages - in non-tech talk this basically means pages that may be 'temporarily stored' somewhere.
1) Use your browsers cached pages
If you have visited the webpage recently and haven't cleared your browser cache, then there is a possibilty you can recover it from there. I generally use Chrome so this method for recovering pages cached by Chrome. IF you don't use Chrome you can skip this method or search around online as there are some posts out their detailing methods for other browsers.
- Enter this into your Chrome browser address bar: chrome://cache
- This should bring back a list of all cached pages
- Find the pages you want and select the link.
- This will return something looking like the below, which is full of binary data and not readable.
- To convert this back into it's html format, copy all of the data and visit the link below. This site has a handly tool for 'Viewing Chrome cache' data.
2) Check Googles Cached pages
If you know the URL of the page you can try using Googles cached versions of the page. Go to this URL, and replace the www.website.com/page with the URL of the page in question:
If the page has been cached by Google then you should get a copy of it. This will only work if the cached version you are looking for hasn't been overwritten with a new version.
3) Use the Wayback Machine web archive at http://archive.org
You can try and recover fairly old pages using the WayBack Machine online web archive. It provides snapshots of sites captured over time.You can find it here: http://web.archive.org
If you're not very technically minded, or have a lot of pages to recover, check out http://waybackdownloads.com. They offer a fairly priced 'paid-for' service that will assist with downloading the pages from the web.archive.org site.