You can to a high degree control how internal links are converted during website download.
It is even possible to have no link conversion done.
If you choose not
to correct links,
you will need to take care of your webserver configuration if you are mirroring the copied website.
The screenshot above shows typical settings for downloading and mirroring a website on the internet.
If you intend to distribute the downloaded website on offline media, e.g. to present it to clients,
you would usually enable option
Add .HTML file extension to page content URLs
You may also want to experiment enabling option:
Convert to relative links for browsing on local disk
but it should not be necessary any longer with most modern Windows versions and/or browsers.
Please understand that URLs (e.g. dynamic URLs with GET "?" parameters) will sometimes be renamed
when the URL content is to be stored in a file on a disk. That is because file name requirements in
Windows are different than URLs. Files stored on disk have to obey certain file naming conventions.
If you select Convert to relative links for uploading to a HTTP webserver / website
links to directories will sometimes be kept as http://example.com/directory/
instead of pointing to http://example.com/directory/index.html
is because webservers will know to also serve index.html
for requests to its root
This only works when viewed online
and not when viewing the website offline locally from the disk.
When A1 Website Download
downloads an entire website it
grabs a copy of all visible
website elements such as HTML,
It then fixes URL and link references, so the website can be viewed offline.
This usually works well with most of the website content, images and layout preserved.
However, any server side code, e.g.
running at the webserver is not copied, only the resulting website output is.
Above means you can:
- Browse the downloaded website offline.
- Upload the downloaded content to a different website address and view it online.
If you want the original
website server-side code and
database SQL, you will need to do the following:
To download the actual source code
of a website, use a FTP
program such as FileZilla.
To download the actual SQL database
of a website, use a website administration tool such as