You sometimes may want to download websites to your local computer system to preserve the information and access them offline. Fresh WebSuction, a software for Windows, can be used to download single pages or entire websites. Users of all experience levels can use the program to download the websites.
Projects are assigned to each website download. The minimum information that is required is the website address. Most users may want to change the project configuration to to better control what gets downloaded from the website. The default download depth is set to download the selected page and all pages that are linked from that page. This alone can go well into the hundreds of pages. Users who want to download more of the website can change the download level in the project settings.
File filters can be configured to only download specific files or types of files from the website. This ranges from only downloading HTML files to audio, video, document and user defined files.
It is for instance possible to download only zip archives from the selected website.
Preferences determine how links and download locations are handled. Downloads range from strictly including downloads that are in the same directory structure to downloads from all over the Internet.
The program distinguishes between followed and unfollowed links with options to make them relative, absolute or leave them as they are.
A click on the download button pulls the information from the selected web address, parses the information and begins the download of all files that fall into selected parameters.
Users need to make sure that they define the right web address for the download, www.ghacks.net and ghacks.net are handled as two different web addresses (which is correct by the way).
All downloaded files and the file structure is displayed in the project contents sidebar during and after the downloads have finished.
It is possible to click on a link to load the downloaded page right in the Fresh WebSuction interface. The files can also be opened in another web browser by loading them directly in that browser. Fresh WebSuction offers to display the online version of the web page as well.
Projects can be updated by selecting that option from the file menu or Download button.
Options are available that are used by all projects. Here it is possible to configure Internet connection details like the number of simultaneous download threads, timeouts and delays, the number of retries, if cookies should be used and how the program should identify itself to the website.
Fresh WebSuction is an easy to use website downloader. It is not nearly as complex as HTtrack which supports additional features like authentication but that does not have to be a disadvantage depending on the project at hand.
The software program is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Downloads are provided at the developer website (with email registration) and third party download portals like Softpedia.
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