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    James

    Is it a problem that when I view my site in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, it looks nothing like it should? Or is that expected? The formatting is all off – it might be that the Wayback Machine’s crawler doesn’t understand Flexbox.

    The content is all picked up, it’s just not formatted, so I assume this isn’t an issue (for being indexed by search engines, etc.) but just wondered if it’s something I should be concerned about?

    Thanks

    James

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    David
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    Customer Support

    Hi there,

    thats perfectly normal – aside of the wayback site using a rendering engine which may not generate the exact same results as your modern browsers.

    But the main reason; wayback takes a snapshot of the site at the given time, this snapshot includes any links to your sites style sheets etc. If those links no longer exist, for example they were combined in a cached file, then it will fail to load the styles.

    If you inspect the Wayback site with the developer tools you will see some Console errors, one of which is a 404 status to the original sites cached CSS file.

    #1606629
    James

    Ah yes, thanks David, I hadn’t even considered that caching could be the reason.

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    David
    Staff
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