|Status||Endangered (April 2022)|
|Archiving status||Saved! (July 2019, S3 bucket only)|
Not saved yet
|IRC channel||(on hackint)|
WebCite is an on-demand web archiving site.
Unlike most of the targets on AT's hitlist, Webcite is a nonprofit consortium of about a hundred scholarly journals and universities, as well as Wikipedia and Archive.org; with a specific mandate to preserve submitted content indefinitely. However, it appears to be having funding and stability issues.
But Archive Team trusts no man nor consortium! Fortunately, Webcite has a convenient online form where you can apply to host a mirror.
- Sep 11, 2011
We apologize for the recent outage following the week of Sep 3rd, 2011. WebCite went down due to a hardware failure, and restoring our huge database took a couple of days. Everything should be back to normal. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
- February 2013
- July 2019
We are currently not accepting archiving requests. The archival state/snapshots of websites that have been archived with WebCite in the past can still be accessed and cited.
- 17th July 2019
A grab of the s3 bucket used by webcite has been completed by Archive Team. It is currently pending a collection on the Internet Archive. Once issued & uploaded this page will be updated. 31 million items totalling a compressed size of 648GB was captured (the complete bucket).
- April 2022
While their home page is accessible, sub pages such as http://www.webcitation.org/query.php and archived pages are inaccessible. Instead, after roughly a minute of loading time, the error "DB Connection failed" appears. The page was functional until at least October 2021.
It also appears that a significant fraction of the S3 bucket data archived in 2019 was removed from the bucket at some point since then.
You can archive a website filling this form (url and e-mail parameters are mandatory): https://www.webcitation.org/archive
If you want to search for a page before archiving (perhaps it was archive before by other person) use this: https://www.webcitation.org/query
You can create a bookmarklet for your web browser, so, when surfing an interesting website, you can archive it just pressing an icon/bookmark. Instructions here: https://www.webcitation.org/bookmarklet I recommend do not put the entire e-mail address, just "test@test." and fill the .com manually, to avoid automatically archiving undesired sites by error.