I sometimes read a genealogy blog that has been down for a bit as the blogger is giving the blog a make-over. I hadn’t been to their blog in a while so I don’t know how long it has been down, but it has a note about a make-over. I checked the Wayback Machine and the blog is excluded from it. If you have a website or blog, you can choose to have it excluded from the Wayback Machine. I was going to use an example that had been excluded, but now it’s no longer excluded. If you run across a site you want to add to the Wayback Machine, you have to do it for each page of the site you want saved. In my case, if I wanted to add all of the blog posts I have done, that’s over 650 pages I would have to save. Thankfully before my old blog got killed as a result of an update for one of its add-ons, I saved the entire blog to my computer. It enabled me to easily recreate the blog without having to retype everything from scratch. Apparently somebody had saved parts of my old blog before it went dark.
I realize it’s not always possible to do a make-over and keep your website/blog up while doing it, but it’s best if you can keep it going while you are doing. Especially if it’s going to be down for an extended period. At some point, I plan on getting a professional make-over for my blog, but that’s probably five years from now unless something substantially changes sooner. When I do get a professional to do it, my goal is to have little or no downtime.