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Copying a website

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by SixRox, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. SixRox

    SixRox Newbie

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    Is there a way to copy a website and edit it to make it my own?
    I simply just want to change their ad-sense code to mine and keep their layout and page.
     
  2. GreyWolf

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    If it's just a simple single page then you can just view the page source, save it to a text file, edit it to make it your own, rename it to html file and then upload it to your own server. Look in the page source for any image files, css files, etc. save them to your local computer as well and then upload to your server.

    If it's a more complex site or has a lot of pages then you can use an offline browser like httrack to download the entire site. Then do the same thing as above, edit the html pages to use your urls and aff codes and then upload the site to your own domain.

    It's pretty easy to do even for a novice with very limited html knowledge. In fact copying and editing an existing page to change it to your own is a good way to do some hands on learning. You'll find your knowledge of html improving quite a bit after doing this a few times. :cool2:
     
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    Just something to keep in mind though, if they have a dynamic website, with functions pulled from server-side scripts such as PHP, you won't be able to copy the functionality.
     
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    this might help:
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    www.bo.lt
     
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    There is a software that copies the whole website (all the sublinks etc.) It can't copy the php part but it copies all the pages generated by php at the time of visit.

    Can't remember the software but I think with a little search you will find it as I posted about it before. Else I will try to remember and get back to you.
     
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  6. SixRox

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    Wow these are great replys! Thanks guys. The site IS very simple just has a few links and a ton of adsesne. It looks like one of the "4 slice toaster" pages. I tried the view source and save to HTML but like you said its looks very different, missing pictures and stuff.

    When I upload the files to my site I just need to put them in the public-html folder right?
     
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    It can't possibly have tons of adsense, G only lets you display 3 ads at a time. So unless you meant other ads other than G that is not possible. The reason the pictures are missing is because you need to save all images used on the page and reupload them to your hosting - then go into your index.html code and replace the <img src= codes with the correct image URLs.
     
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    True, it's just the site is so cramped that that it looks like a lot of adsense. I'm going to try changing the codes now.
     
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    its too hard to copy and edit the site....create a new one..
     
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    When you paste the code into your html editor, if you don't get the exact layout you thought you should have gotten, it probably is calling an off page CSS file to keep people from doing what you are trying to do.

    Someone posted just do a new site if it is simple, I agree, you could probably build one really fast is it is just the layout your going for.

    Also if you look at the source code real good, you may find a hint of where the website came from, might get lucky and find it is someones template.

    Good Luck!!
     
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    LOL, this is one of the most uninformed comments I have ever heard. But rather than blast you for it I would like to know why you say this. I have made comments such as this before, but there was a hidden reason.


    People used to think I was mad when I told them that writing articles for AC with DNS (Dragon Naturally speaking) was too time consuming. The reason being that I type faster than DNS could, and that I found it much faster to through things in a spinner and then clean up, not to speak of the Uber sized install. I however did not say this to people until AFTER I tried it (and spent considerable time trying to improve it).

    So please share the beans, why the obviously ironic statement?
     
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    Is there a pretty good social community built around this? Could be a good combo/alternative with Tumblr if so.
     
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    use httrack. It will work for you.
     
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    Here ya go, bro.

    Code:
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/templates-themes/276074-guide-rip-any-html-template.html
     
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    I'm not sure what kind of site it is but I have a guy who works for me that is able to copy any site for me. Wordpress etc.
    I find sites I like on flippa and tell this dude to make mine like the ones I find.
    Works like a charm.
     
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    You're probably thinking about httrack.
     
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    Yeah, httrack. Thanks
     
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    An off page CSS file isn't a problem at all. Just look in the head of the html page, find the location of the style sheet and download it. Same thing applies to javascript files, image files, and anything else being called other than server-side things like php. In fact even php sites can be copied if you don't mind it being converted to static html pages. A lot of times that isn't a problem. Even a wordpress site can be copied as a static html site if all you need is 3 or 4 pages and don't intend to be adding new blog posts or comments.

    Unless it's an extremely basic site then usually just making a new site isn't going to be nearly as quick and easy as editing a copied site. If someone doesn't know enough html to understand what needs to be edited then they probably won't know enough to create anything other than the most basic html site either.
     
  19. SixRox

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    So I ended up using Httrack and it worked like a charm, until I tried changing the adsense code. Something just went wrong there. However I was able to see that the site was made with Wordpress and was able find the name of the theme. My site is a little diffrent but MUCH easier for me to edit now. Thanks guys!
     
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    great share!