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Previous webmaster removed all files from server!
Need ideas on locating copies please.
Alternative Future

 9:44 pm on Nov 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hello all,

I have often heard about this sort of thing but never in my time have I had to deal first hand with it, and was looking for any advice that you might be able to share with me.
Recently I was asked by a club that I am a member of to revamp their old web site. I agreed to this and ask where I would be able to get the username and passwords from they gave me the contact whom has not been very helpful, perhaps because he no longer has the responsibility of the site. Today before giving me the username and passwords he has removed everything from the server. Is there any advice I can give the club that might help them sort this out? He was well paid for his services when he done the site, and I do not suppose the club got anything in writing from him etc.





 9:59 pm on Nov 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Without getting into the legal aspects of what he did here (and there are some, since he was paid for his work and therefore it is likely that he no longer 'owns' the work according to law): You should immediately go to Google, Yahoo, the WayBack Machine, and any other sites that keep cached copies of pages, and download the latest page versions you can find.


Alternative Future

 10:06 pm on Nov 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi Jim,

Long time no speak :)
As you were typing I was in the process of checking waybackmachine but no joy; the site was developed in frames with frame busting code at the top, along with the redirect to the main page so that it was presented in the frames again. The site has no listings in google (hence the reason I was asked to sort the site out). Yahoo cache seems to work in a different way to googles or again it might be the frame code in action but every time I click on the link to retrieve the cached version it goes directly to yahoo advanced search, same for MSN (also checked altavista and ask).
I have even checked my Temp Internet Files but again nothing, as I have my browser set to check for recent changes.
But this is the sort of thing I am looking to do rather than get involved in the legalities.

The site is hosted with lycos.co.uk would you think they keep back ups?



 10:25 pm on Nov 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Turn off javascript and try Yahoo's cache.

Alternative Future

 10:35 pm on Nov 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Nice one maccas,

That works perfectly, but the main thing I am after is their logo which neither Yahoo or the waybackmachine shows in cache... [hits head off pc for not thinking on saving image]
And also the pages in yahoo cache amount to 3 out of 20



 12:40 am on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Could the image still be on your computer's own cache?



 12:44 am on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

the main thing I am after is their logo

You could try Google and altavista images, although it may be a downsized version if it's there. For HTML, I've also found gigablast's cache handy on occasion (cos it's old).

Alternative Future

 8:15 am on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks RammsteinNicCage & pixel_juice,

Both very good ideas but again no joy. I suppose I just have to accept the fact the files are gone. Unless Lycos can help out.

You can always rely upon WebmasterWorld to come up with some excellent ideas.



 9:26 am on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Have you checked with the hosting company whether they have back ups?

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