Dynamic site to CD-ROM

October 13th, 2004

As I build more and more sites using server-side scripting and database-driven backends I find myself losing the means to easily put a site on a CD-ROM for the client to proof. Typically I’d suggest that s/he fire up a browser, connect to the net and then have a gander at the work. Now, thanks to some great advice from two Textdrive forum members I have the means to easily generate a version of a site for offline browsing.

Two products: wget and HTTrack are available for both Linux and Windows operating systems. WGET will suit those keen on the command-line interface whilst HTTrack offers a more user-friendly GUI interface. Neither are for the complete novice but both adequately do what they say on the tin. Well worth a look.