Safari has this neat built-in function to archive a web page. Click the File menu, select Save As… and select Format: Web Archive. What you get is an archive of the web page; contents, links, graphics.
What if you want to archive an entire web site of 20 or 50 or hundreds of web pages? That’s a lot of manual archive work in Safari. Or, it’s a couple of clicks in SiteSucker.
Sucking Web Sites For Fun
Alright, just to be in politically correct full disclosure, I’m not all that comfortable with the sucker part of SiteSucker, even though it’s a great utility, it’s free, and it works better than advertised.
But sucker? How about SiteGrabber? Or, SiteCopier? Or, OffSiteCloner?
True, no one calls me to ask my opinion on the names of new products, but still—sucker? The implications are many. Thankfully the app’s icon is of a vacuum cleaner.
Otherwise, what you get is pretty much like a digital vacuum cleaner that, well, sucks up all of a web site’s web pages, content, graphics, links, and downloads them safely into a folder on your Mac.
SiteSucker is both easy to use (on easy sites) and somewhat complex (doesn’t work on all kinds of sites), but getting started is a breeze. Just enter a site’s URL, click on a few adjustments here and there, and you’re almost good to go.
Web pages can be downloaded as is and unmodified, or SiteSucker can localize the files which lets you view the pages offline. Easy, right? Well, it is. SiteSucker is simple but comes with a few caveats.
Many sites today (such as Mac360) are not made up of static HTML web page files.
Our pages are dynamically served on an as called basis, so SiteSucker might have trouble downloading some sites. SiteSucker can only download specific tags such as body, div’s, links, and others that make up a web page.
Still, free is good and SiteSucker is both free (the developer loves donations) and easy to set up and use. For some sites, it’s a wonderful way to pull down most of a site’s pages and content and make it local on your Mac, but, as they say, free or not, your mileage may vary.
Another benefit of SiteSucker is the iPhone version. Fire it up, type in the URL, and it works pretty much the same way as donationware SiteSucker for your Mac, but comes with a $1.99 price tag in iTunes’ App Store.