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The American non-profit organization Internet Archive is going to collaborate with software company Cloudflare, make the two businesses known. Websites that use Cloudflare’s service to prevent them from going offline, can now show an archive page in the unlikely event that this happens.

With the Wayback Machine of the Internet Archive it is already possible to view archived pages. This allows people, for example, to check what a site has looked like at an earlier time. The page must have been manually archived at some point.

Cloudflare, which offers several products to guarantee the accessibility of websites, now also allows its customers to automatically archive pages on a regular basis. Should the site be unreachable at any point, the company will search through the Wayback Machine for the most recent archived page.

The archived page is not a fully functional version of the site. Interactive components, such as discussion forums or web shops, will not work. The Wayback Machine does, however, provide basic insight into what the page looked like. Texts, images and the layout are visible, for example.

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