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Not quite sure what I need, trying to "capture" a site

Discussion in 'Hire a Freelancer' started by bbullett, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. bbullett

    bbullett Newbie

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    I need some guidance here.

    I have a website that started as a templated site in the real estate industry. I've been with that company/host for several years now. I met the owner along the way, great guy, and didn't mind paying my monthly costs to keep the site up and maintained.

    Additionally, over the time I've had the site, we've made major changes to the template. Lots and lots of text has been changed, new pages added, major SEO and backlinks done, so that the site comes up on Gp1 for many relevant local search terms in that industry.

    The owner sold out to a new company last year around this time. Since then, the customer service has become non-existent, the phones rarely are answered, and the site has outages on occasion.

    This site is an important asset to my business, and I'd like to take control of it on my hosting so I can make edits and insure its future. I want to keep it exactly like it is today, not because it is anything special to look at but because of the results I'm getting from it for leads.

    Can anyone offer insight into how to accomplish what I want to do? Obviously the existing company would like to keep getting my monthly payments but I can't stomach the customer NON service I am getting now.

    I appreciate any insight you can offer.
     
  2. origin

    origin Regular Member

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    Change your webhosting.
    If you can log into your CPanel, it will be easier to do quick real copy of your site.
    From CPanel: create backup of your site, save it to your PC, and export all database tables to SQL file from phpMyAdmin. Done, your website codes and data are in your PC now.

    If you don't have access to your CPanel, it means that you are not the owner of the site. Still, you can "copy" your site look with Offline explorer or any web copier.
     
  3. bbullett

    bbullett Newbie

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    I don't own the site, the hosting company does as it started out as a templated site. Now I want to "copy" that site and host it myself. It's my domain.

    I looked at some copiers online and it looks like they let you copy the look onto your pc, but I want to copy look, feel and workings. Essentially I want it to work basically the same as it does now but on my hosting.

    It's not about me trying to save the monthly fee, it's only about horrible service and not being able to get anything done with them anymore.
     
  4. gregstereo

    gregstereo Elite Member

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    So can you access a control panel for it?

    What is it running on? E.g. Windows or Linux hosting, is it using an open-source CMS or blogging app like WordPress, Joomla, etc., or is it proprietary? Does it use a database and, if so, what database technology? (MS SQL, MySQL, something else?)

    A bit more technical ifno would help, if you want to PM me the URL and I can poke around and see what other info I might need. We might be able to help you out.
     
  5. gottaloveit

    gottaloveit Registered Member

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    i believe there is a software called site ripper that rips the whole site although i never tried it i belive ive seen it in post before, i will have a look to see if i can find the post
     
  6. kingwhitey

    kingwhitey Registered Member

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    bbullet, PM me some details and I'm betting I can rip this badboy for ya! Need a link to the site.
     
  7. risefromdeath

    risefromdeath Power Member

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    site rippers can rip only fornt ends not back ends

    How you control the site? if not cpanel do you have ftp?
    if you don't have either..i dont see anyway you can copy the site's backend.
    Thanks
     
  8. dutch85

    dutch85 Registered Member

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    if you have firefox go to your site then in fire fox go to file save page as, and do so for every page in the site.