Thursday , April 26 2018

7 Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Best Website Copier
Many times, it happens that, client likes some existing site and he ask his developer to make replica of that site OR he want almost same. Developer note down exact requirement and get started with programming. Often, they opt one of the two ways.

  1. Start the coding right away.
  2. Save all the webpages to local drive and make changes in it.

First option need lot of hard-work compare to second option. Plus, It will surely take more time than second one. Whereas second option is quite a smart way to complete the site. But still, its not smartest one. I also used to go with 2nd option until I come across following concept i.e

Website Copier || Website Downloader

Website copier or Website Downloader means nothing but software’s to copy/download website to local drive. Such software’s are very easy to use and saves lot of time. It reduces developers headache upto 90%. Once site is downloaded or copied, developer just need to replace the data, images, filenames and links. That’s it..!!!

 

7 Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

1. Offline Explorer

Its my personal favorite downloader. It is powerful and full of features. The more important thing to like this product is, it is very user friendly. Anyone can get started easily and understand its functionality.

You can set download priority for selected file types. Plus, you can manage multiple sites. If you can see “example” word in red box on left hand side, there will be list of sites to work with. Can control the speed of download. Can stop download at certain size like 100 MB.

Offline Explorer – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– great user interface
– captures the original site’s link structure
– fast download
– professional version available
– include internal browser
– can pause the process in between
– download up to 500 files simultaneously
– schedule download

Cons
– download limited files
– not free

 

2. Website Ripper Copier

Website Ripper Copier is just like Offline Professional. It also have all the powerful features. It ask you to set exploring level, file type & size, destination location, priority, etc. Only difference is, it ask you for such setting for every single download. Its kind of go through process.

But, this software has a by default setting to append “.htm” extension to PHP files. You cant run PHP files with htm extension. So, user must need to change the setting before start the project.

Goto to Edit->Options->Default Project Configuration->Mirroring. Deselect checkbox which says “Append .htm to page files where necessary”. Clcik OK. You are good to download.

Website Ripper Copier – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– captures the original site’s link structure
– fast download
– professional version available
– include internal browser
– can pause the process in between

Cons
– download limited files
– not free

 

3. Website Extractor

You can use this software to surf any website online as well as offline. It too covers all the basic features like start/stop download, schedule download, file types & size, etc. It has added feature that, you can select the country from where you would like to download the site. Its very much alike Offline Explore.

Once the site is downloaded, you can check it online or offline as you would like to check. It provides trial version for particular time period. So, you can check its functionality and go for pro version if you want.

Website Extractor – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– great user interface
– captures the original site’s link structure
– fast download
– professional version available
– include internal browser
– can pause the process in between
– schedule download

Cons
– download limited files
– not free

 

4. SurfOffline Professional

SurfOffline provides basic functionality. It is not like above two softwares. And so, it is light weight compare to other softwares. Its user interface is not user friendly. User will have to find for options like, offline/online mode to visit site. It must present on top toolbar.

Surfoffline Pro – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– captures the original site’s link structure
– fast download
– professional version available
– include internal browser
– can pause the process in between

Cons
– download limited files
– absence of download schedule
– not free

 

5. SiteSucker

This software is particularly developed for Macintosh user. Once you hit download button, it automatically downloads all the resources, files in respective folders just like rest of the softwares. You can check the downloaded history with SiteSucker.

Site Sucker – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– fast download
– can pause, stop download in between
– can save the download process as document, so you can use it next time without any efforts
– maintain the original folder structure

Cons
– download limited files

 

6. Darcy Ripper

Darcy Ripper is differ when it comes to installation. You dont need to install it like other s/w’s. It provide a zip file. You just need to download that zip folder and unzip it. It contains jar file. Double click on executable jar file and you are good to go. Its a biggest file compare to others.

It contains basic feature like start/stop process and basic setting like save path, etc. User interface is easy but not compare to others.

Darcy Ripper – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– fast download
– free
– can pause, stop download in between
– maintain the original folder structure

Cons
– download limited files
– no browser (internal/external)
– absence of download schedule

 

7. HTTrack

HTTrack is useful to download sites based on HTML files only. If you go for sites based on PHP files, it will download them but it convert all PHP files into HTML. It has lots of drawbacks. Yet, you might think, why I mentioned this site..?

Despite of these drawbacks, lot of people use this site. It ranks under 8900 as per Alexa ranking as of today. Its quite a good ranking. So, I thought, user must know such site.

Httrack Website Copier – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pro
– captures the original site’s link structure
– compatible with Windows 2000 through Windows 10
– downloads more files than other software’s
– free

Cons
– download very slowly compare to rest of the software’s
– sometimes, it renames file
– converts php files into html
– suitable only for HTML based sites. Do not use it for PHP based sites
– can not pause the process in between

 

Conclusion

All the above software’s work in same manner with less or more features. If you go deeply, nobody need “download scheduler” or “restrict file size” or “speed control of download”,  etc. These are added features which differ them from each other.

I will prefer Offline Explore as it is user friendly and very powerful. It functions properly. You can make choice according to your requirement. All are best. Top 3 are much more useful. Just have 1-2 feature issues which does not matter that much.

But, I would like to bring HTTrack into focus once again. Even its not as powerful as others, still, it is used by thousands of user. I guess, its light structure make it more popular. Developers are always in hurry. HTTrack led them in only one direction and provide desired output. And so, all like it.

There are lots of other software’s available in market to copy websites. I tried 10, out of which I find these 7 more helpful. So, I mentioned these seven. Your list might be different than mine. So, You can always suggest me if you know more powerful and useful software than these seven.

If you think, I have missed any point to mention, please share it through comment. It will be helpful to our readers and me as well.

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