When we cannot access a website for some reason the first thing that comes to mind along with the idea that it may be down, is that they simply have blocked in our region. Either because the content is exclusive to a specific audience or because it has been censored by the authorities of a country, the solution that is almost always recommended to us is to use a VPN, or perhaps a proxy.
Both are great options, but both require some setup and probably a payment. Although there are many free services of this type, none are free, and you will almost always also have to create an account and install something. If you want access a blocked website in easier ways, we offer you some alternatives.
Obviously these options do not offer any of the added benefits of using a VPN, such as anonymity and encryption of your traffic. They are simply immediate and simple solutions to try to bypass an annoying digital wall.
Use the cache
This works not only when a website is blocked, but when it is down. Organizations like the Internet Archive, or Google itself, keep copies on their servers of almost every page on the web. Which means that if you search their databases you will get a snapshot of what a website looked like at a certain time.
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 where 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 cannot access from the browser in a service like Pocket or Instapaper, it is the servers behind the applications that will take care of requesting the content and offer it to you in its beautiful and distraction-free reading format. It is highly likely to ignore the lock.
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 the mobile applications.
Convert it to PDF
There are some services that offer the possibility of convert a web page into a PDF document. This has several uses, but the one that interests us is to be able to access the content of a website. If in your case it is something you want to read, this solution works similar to those of Pocket and Instapaper.
On sites like Five Filters’ Web2PDF and PDF Newspaper, you can paste any URL and convert its content to a PDF. The first allows you to download the file or upload it to Google Docs, and the second allows you to even customize it and view it directly from the browser.
Keep in mind that this only serves to read the text, as does not detect links or images, or any other type of content other than what is written on the web. The good thing is that it gives it a very nice format.
Use google translate
This is a trick that some of you may already know and that is very effective most of the time. If you open the Google translator and in the text drawer you paste the URL that you cannot access, you translate it to another language and then you access the link offered by the tool, it is possible to jump the barrier.
This option usually kills the page style entirely, but almost always guarantees visual access at least. The other thing is that of course each subdomain must be translated on its own, you cannot navigate beyond the translated url.
Just remember to translate the site into a different language than it is originally in, or you won’t get any results. It seems obvious, but it doesn’t hurt to remember it.
Use a URL shortener
The URL shorteners They are something that became very popular with the arrival of Twitter, and although now that the site automatically shortens everything and the links do not even count in the number of characters, these services have not been obsolete, as they offer other advantages.
One of them, and which is not exactly the most publicized, is to help you bypass a blockade. If you paste an address that you cannot access in Google’s shorteners or sites like bit.ly you will get a new link. If you try to access from that address instead of the original, you can probably jump the barrier.