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How Conifer Works

To archive a website, Conifer allows you to capture the site and your interaction with it. When anyone accesses a capture session, they are able to engage with the site as it existed. Below, we will define some fundamental concepts to help ensure successful captures.

Capture and Access in Conifer

Many web sites today are not made of static files, but include complex scripts and interactions. Web pages do not load in one go, but gradually unfold as you interact with them.

Instead of thinking about the web as files, Conifer works with sessions. During a session, requests sent by the browser and responses from the web are captured while you are interacting with sites. Sessions are the smallest unit of data in Conifer. A collection typically contains multiple captured sessions.

When a captured session is accessed, or viewed online, Conifer makes the browser request resources from the collection (which contains captured Conifer sessions) instead of the live web. You should be able to repeat any action during access that you performed during capture.