Websites and pages change with time. There is no easy way to figure out how it looked a few years ago or a few days ago. However, all search engines offer Cache which can help you view how a website looked before a change was made. In this post, I will share an extension which can help you view Page Cache of any page on multiple search engines.
View Page Cache & Archive in multiple search engines
View Page Archive & Cache is a Firefox extension which helps you to find archived and cached versions of web pages. Here is how you do it:
- Install the View Page Archive & Cache from here.
- Next, open the webpage of which you want to view the cached version.
- Click on the icon of the extension on the top left, and select the search engine
- It will open the cached version in that search engine.
If you want to open the cached version in all the search engines, you can do so by clicking on the first option in the extension.
That said, there is no way to choose a time, i.e. the date and time for the cached view. So what you see might be closest to the last change. It is more effective on websites which change after a long time.
That said, if you have a link, you can view the cached version without opening it. Click on the extension icon, and then on the link icon to open the URL box. Paste the link, and it works as usual.
Lastly, the extension is also available for Chrome and Opera. If you use any of those browsers, search and install it.
Related: How to save a cache of any website. You can use it to take a backup of a webpage and use it later.