When we can not access a website for some reason, the first thing that comes to mind along with the idea that it may be down and blocked in our region . Either because the content is exclusive for a specific audience or because it has been censored by the authorities of a country, the solution that is almost always recommended is to use a VPN , or using a proxy.
Both are excellent options, but both require some configuration and probably a payment. Although there are many free services of this type, none is free, and almost always you will also have to create an account and install something. If you want to access a blocked website in simpler ways , we offer you some alternatives.
Obviously these options do not offer any of the additional benefits of using a VPN , such as the anonymity and encryption of your traffic. They are simply immediate and simple solutions to try to skip an annoying digital wall.
Use the cache
This works not only when a website is blocked, but when it is down . Organizations such as Internet Archive, or Google itself, keep copies on their servers of almost all web pages. Which means that if you search your databases you will get a screenshot of how a website looked at a certain moment.
To access a website using the Google cache you just have to type the following URL in your browser:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:tu URL sin "http://"
If you want to choose more stored cache sources, you can try the CachedView web in which you simply paste an address and choose from which database to access the stored version.
Use a service to read later
If you save a URL that you can not access from the browser in a service such as Pocket or Instapaper , the servers behind the applications will be responsible for requesting the content and offering it in its beautiful reading format and free of distractions. It is highly likely that you ignore the blockade .
Unfortunately this method does not work with videos, if you add a video to Pocket or Instapaper that is not available in your region, it will still be blocked even if you open it from mobile applications.
Convert it to PDF
There are some services that offer the possibility of converting a web page into a PDF document . This has several uses, but we are interested in being able to access the content of a website. If in your case it is something you want to read, this solution works similar to Pocket and Instapaper.
In sites like Web2PDF and PDF Newspaper of Five Filters, you can paste any URL and convert its content into a PDF . The first one lets you download the file or upload it to Google Docs, and the second one allows you to even personalize it and look at it directly from the browser.
Keep in mind that this only serves to read the text, it does not detect links, images , or any other content other than what is written on the web. The good thing is that it gives a very nice format.
Use google translate
This is a trick that some may already know and that is very effective most of the time. If you open the Google translator and in the text box paste the URL to which you can not access, translate it into another language and then access the link that offers the tool, it is possible to break the barrier.
This option usually ends with the style of the page completely, but almost always guarantees visual access at least. The other thing is that of course each subdomain must be translated by its side, you can not navigate beyond the translated URL .
Just remember to translate the site into a different language in which it is originally located, or you will not get any results. It seems obvious, but it does not hurt to remember it.
Use a URL shortener
The shortening of URLs is something that became very popular with the arrival of Twitter, and although now that the site shortens everything automatically and the links do not even count on the number of characters, these services have not been obsolete, as they offer other advantages.
One of them and that is not exactly the most publicized, is to help you jump a blockade. If you paste an address that you can not access in Google shorteners or sites like bit.ly you ‘ll get a new link. If you try to access from that address instead of the original, it is likely that you can jump the barrier .