The story of WIRED.com reflects the boom-bust-boom Silicon Valley we cover. Shortly after WIRED magazine launched in 1993, HotWired became a pioneering leader in online journalism. But after the dot-com bubble burst, the website was sold to Lycos and the magazine to Condé Nast. The two organizations went their own ways until 2006, when Conde bought WIRED.com and reunited print and digital. Shortly thereafter, WIRED.com moved to WordPress, updated its site and preserved its old content in an independent archive.
They have an impressively large archive of web content, and from the sound of the article they’ve managed to do it justice.
I’m hoping that they still have the original HTML versions of everything, as a combination of ‘just in case’ and for the sake of archiving properly.