Can’t find the published date of a web page? Here are 6 tips to see it / Digital information world
Normally, articles are published with dates or specifications regarding the last update. This is usually done in order to inform users of the validity of the content in the coming times. It’s even useful for all webmasters and web researchers – especially those who analyze fake news and disinformation campaigns – and want a detailed record of certain blog posts – especially when they’re time-limited.
However, at the same time, you will also see a number of websites that do not post the published date. Therefore, if you want to check the validity and authenticity of the content through this, we offer 6 ways that can help you find the publish date of your selected website.
1. Scan the web page
The date of publication is one of the most essential data which is even mandatory to create a web page. It is also an absolute requirement of search engines which also use the date of publication for search results. Therefore, if you browse the webpage carefully, you will see that many website owners mention the post date as part of the metadata (mostly under the title of the blog post or sometimes at the end of the body). But for others who think their design is different, some even choose to display the publication date just below the article.
2. Analyze the URL structure
Modern content management systems have given administrators the power to change the way they want to display their web page URL. However, a more structured way to create a URL includes the month and year which can help you identify the post date. For example the URL could be – https://www.digitalinformationworld.com/2018/07/psychology-of-social-media-infographic.html where one can easily see that the article was published in July 2018 .
3. XML sitemap
You can still access the XML sitemap, for example “https://www.wired.com/sitemap.xml”. Here you need to make sure that you actually find the publish date of a webpage that has not been updated. In the last scenario, you will replace the published date with the last modified date. However, this method is only practical when a blog or website has a limited number of blog posts or content.
4. Source code
You can check the source of the webpage by right clicking and find the header section between the tags. There is a high probability that the tag indicates that you posted or edited last. Try to search for a keyword Dated, Amended, modified date Where modified time by pressing Ctrl or Command + F in the source section of a web page to find the publication date. This is because the date is always part of the HTTP header data of a web page. You can also navigate to HTTP Header Verification Tool.
Internet Archive is like a library of all publicly available web pages. All you have to do is search for a webpage and then find the first indexed screenshot, which is usually closer to the post date.
6. Google search
If you still can’t find the publish date with all of the tips above, Google may be your only savior here. Google usually indexes the date first to display it in its search results. As the process takes place in a few hours on the same day, one can easily be sure that the “indexed date” will in fact be the date of publication. Here’s how to find the indexed date
Step 1 – Log in Google FR and enter the link whose date you want to know, in the search field, with inurl: operator, for example: inurl: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_of_difference.
Step 2 – When done, go back to the browser’s address bar and type & as_qdr = y15 at the end of the URL. Hit enter! Your search bar result will look like this: https://www.google.com/search?q=inurl:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_of_difference&as_qdr=y15
Step 3 – The search results will be the same, but there is a slight noticeable difference because the index date before the meta description is the approximate date a webpage was published that you can choose. Make sure you follow the same URL pattern (mentioned above), as Chrome and other browsers can sometimes disrupt your address bar results.
On top of that, make sure that if the article has been updated then Google will repeat the reindex process and the dates given in the result will serve as the last updated date.
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