What is website archiving?

(and how to archive your online channels)

What is website archiving?

If you're asking "what is website archiving?", you've come to the right place. Website archiving is the process of automatically collecting websites and the assets they contain, and preserving them in a lasting digital archive. To achieve this, a 'web crawler' is used to crawl a website, extracting and saving all of the assets and information (learn more about this process here). Web archiving is the only way of capturing digital records in a form that’s timestamped and immutable, allowing organizations to replay their websites from a specific point in time.

Why should you archive your websites?

An IGI survey found that 98% of organizations have online data they need to keep - or want to keep - for more than ten years.  The cited reasons include:

  • Statutory, regulatory and/or legal obligations
  • Litigation and eDiscovery support
  • Digital preservation and brand legacy
  • Intellectual property protection
  • For cultural and historical significance.

This isn't an exhaustive list either, organizations are getting more from their web archives today, recognising multiple uses in how they manage, supervise, and govern their online channels.

How do you archive a website?

Due to limited resource and technology, organisations often adopt external archiving solutions. Through an automated service, firms are then able to capture the required records (you can find more detail here). However, many archiving vendors struggle to capture the modern web due to its complexity and size, instead offering a 'catch-all' solution for multiple channels that is both ineffective and inefficient.

The biggest challenges behind website archiving

  • Accuracy - Due to the complexity of modern websites, capturing a website with accuracy has become a struggle for many businesses and service providers.
  • Replayability - Archiving the assets that make up a website is one thing, but being able to replay a fully interactive website (exactly as it appeared) isn't easy.
  • Storage - Due to a lack of innovation, many organizations are still using legacy archiving systems that result in huge storage costs and limited scaleability.

“The MirrorWeb Platform gives us retrievable records that can be used in the event of a regulatory investigation or customer complaint. High fidelity web and social archives are key to proving we’re compliant.”

Digital Solutions Lead, Global Asset Management Firm

Archive your websites with MirrorWeb

MirrorWeb is able to capture and archive all of your websites no matter the size, no matter the complexity. Following capture, we bring them into a single archiving platform where you can then replay, search and interrogate them at any time. Learn more about our industry-leading website archiving features here.

To put things into context, we've:

  • Archived over 53 billion web assets
  • Created 1.5 million web archives
  • Crawled 6.3 Petabytes of data

Prevent website compliance risk

Every archive is time-stamped, immutable and held as legally admissible records that you own. All records are ISO/WORM compliant and can be accessed on-demand. Answer your regulatory requirements across:

  • Record-Keeping: FINRA, SEC, FCA, ESMA and MiFID.
  • Accessibility: ACA, CMA.
  • Legal: Rule 901 Authenticating Evidence, BS 10008.
  • Public Sector: UK Public Records Act, Freedom of Information Act.

Protect your business for the future

Whether you need to meet compliance requirements, eDiscovery demands, or ensure digital preservation, we deliver peace of mind by providing web records that protect your organization. Get as much detail as you need - access advanced crawl reports that include a full breakdown of MIME types and meta-data, giving you the ability to extract and dissect web data like never before.

Focus on the things that matter

We provide complete peace of mind that all your electronic communications are archived in a reliable, robust, cost effective platform.
Data Sovereignty
We can store your data in any location, making procurement easier and allowing you to meet data storage requirements.
We capture dynamic web content that  no-one else can, such as JavaScript-heavy apps built with React, Angular and Vue.
SaaS Platform
All archives are accessible through a simple to use SaaS platform that offers full text search, interrogation of archives, and reporting.
Search & Download
Need to download an archive? Simple. This can be done within the platform by using the search functionality to refine and isolate an archive.
Cloud Native
As a multi-cloud technology company, our scalable infrastructure allows us to grow with you.
24/7/365 support. Speak to a person, not a robot.
Do you have special requirements? Get in touch

See what we can do for you.

Let us show you why MirrorWeb is trusted by organizations across the globe for their compliance and digital preservation needs.