ArDrive offers the ability to save working copies of static websites permanently on Arweave. This means that websites made on WordPress, Wix, SquareSpace and other CMS platforms can now be archived for hundreds of years without the need to pay for ongoing data storage.
The process to make a ‘permasite’ takes 10 steps which are outlined below. Advanced users can accomplish similar results by using manifests within the ArDrive CLI.
ArDrive allows you to preserve full working copies of the static content of existing websites but there are a few limitations to be aware of:
Mac Users Offline Pages Pro creates files that work well with this process. After saving your site with Offline Pages Pro, go to File > Export > Local Website to download the local static files. SiteSucker is another option for Mac users.
Command Line Utility Wget is a free tool that helps capture static versions of websites. While Wget isn't a traditional static site generator, it's great for downloading whole websites for offline use. It offers a simple way to save your site's current look and feel as static files at no cost.