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How to Convert an Entire Website to PDF for Offline Viewing?

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Sometimes it is important to have a PDF copy of a website. This may be for legal reasons, such as proving if someone has stolen your copyrighted material. By storing physical copies of your website at regular points in time.

Another common reason is to keep a copy of all your hard work before you close a website or blog. Often years of material may have been written. So rather than lose all of that content you can download the entire website in PDF form for posterity.

GrabzIt can easily convert your entire website to a set of PDF files, by using our easy to use web scraper, which is specialist software that can parse a website from the internet. To do this you must first create a scrape for our online web scraper. Our web scraper will then use this scrape to crawl across the link structure of your web site and create a PDF from each web page it finds.

Once the scrape is complete you will receive an email with a link to a ZIP download containing your entire website. Please be patient if you have converted a large website then this could take a little while to download. This can then be saved to your local hard drive, which will allow you to look at your website offline and still be print friendly, if required.

How to Create your Scrape

To make the job of creating a scrape that will save your website to PDF even simpler. We have created a template to do all of the hard work for you.

Just click on this template, this will open a pre-populated scrape in a new browser window. Then go to the Target Websites(s) tab and enter the URL of the website you want to save as a PDF in the Target URL text box. Then click Assign Target and wait for a second or two. There shouldn’t be any need for you to change any other settings than that.

However if you want to set up the scrape to run on a regular schedule, for instance to create regular copies of a website. Then simply click the Repeat Scrape checkbox and then select how frequently you want the scrape to repeat.

As a side note, for proving copyright infringement. While each PDF file will have a created date visible through the file menu, to prove when the file was created, this can be manipulated. So as added protection you could also use GrabzIt’s timestamp watermark, which will add the time and date a PDF was created to the document.

Finally, go to the Schedule Scrape tab and click the Update button to start the scrape.

Your website will now begin. You can see its progress on the manage your scrapes page. It will tell you the current number of web pages that have been converted to PDF and if you expand the scrape you can see the current web page that is being saved as PDF. You can also download a snapshot of the pages that converted to PDF so far.

Remember, some browsers like Internet Explorer, may not allow you to view a PDF file natively. So you may need to install an application like Adobe Acrobat Reader before you can view the PDF files.

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