End of an era: Google removes links to cached pages from search results
The functionality to view archived versions of website pages has been removed from Google Search. The feature has become less necessary as the Internet has become more reliable, the company says.
Removing the function of viewing cache links in Google search
Reasons for removing the function
Google has removed the function of viewing cache links, which was useful in the past for accessing pages when loading was a problem. However, today the situation has improved and the function has become unnecessary.
— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) February 1, 2024
Usefulness of the function
The function of viewing archived versions of pages could be useful for viewing deleted pages and checking whether the current version of the page has been edited. Search engine optimizers could also use this feature to customize sites and monitor competitors. Additionally, Google cache could be an alternative to VPN if the site was blocked in the user's region.
Ways to access cached versions of pages
Typically, cached versions of pages could be accessed through the "Cached" button that appeared in the "About this result" panel " next to the search results. It was also possible to use the "cache:" operator in the URL to quickly navigate to Google's cached version. Currently these cache access methods still work.
Changes to the display of the Cached button
Comparison of the display of the Cached button in search results in 2021 and today:
Will the Cache Links View feature be replaced
It is not yet known whether Google has plans to replace this feature. However, the company's search partner, Danny Sullivan, hopes that a link to the Internet Archive will be added so that one can view how the web page has changed over time.
Interestingly, Google has completely removed all traces of this feature, including the separate help page.
Source: The Verge
What is the function of viewing archived versions of websites?
The function allowed you to view archived versions of website pages in search results.
Why did Google remove the cache link viewing feature?
Google has now officially removed the option to view cached links from Search - as the company notes, it has become less necessary as "Internet reliability has improved."
What else could you use the function of viewing archived versions of pages for?
The view archived versions of pages feature was handy for viewing deleted pages, finding out if the current version was edited, and tracking competitors. Also, it could be used as an alternative to VPN if the site was blocked in the region.
- Google is a search engine that provides search results based on user requests.
- Internet Archive is an online library that preserves and archives versions of web pages.
- VPN is a virtual private network that provides a secure and anonymous connection to the Internet.
- The Verge is a web resource covering news and topics of modern technologies.