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Ask Roni: Backing up Blogs

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Hi Roni!

It seems like forever ago, but …maybe 2 or 3 years ago you had a big website crash, and you lost a lot of your posts and had to start from scratch.

I’ve started a blog about my travels in madagascar and working as an expat. I had no idea that it would ever get to be as “big” (well…for me.. lol) as it has and I would like to make sure that I don’t “lose” any of my posts. How can I back up my blog information?

(sorry if this is a silly IT question…i really don’t understand the concept of cyberspace storage)

Nicole from NB in MG

Hi Nicole!

This is a great question and I’m not sure I have all the answers. STILL! Even after losing 2 years of posts.

I see you are on blogspot. That is a big difference then the situation I was in. I was hosting on a shared server and I made an assumption I will never make again. I assumed the hosting company would have backups. They didn’t.

Anyway, the easiest way for you to backup is to simple export all your posts. In Blogger, or BlogSpot, that can be found under the setting tab…

exporting in blogger

You can also do that in WordPress under Tools…

exporting in wordpress

My recommendation is to do this at least weekly, if not after you publish each new post. You can simply keep overwriting the old backup file. There’s no need to save versions (unless you want to.)

This way if anything does happen you can always create a new blog and simply import in all your posts.

I’m glad you asked me this. It’s reminded me that I’m getting lax in this department again. You’d think I learned my lesson!

Hope that helps,

-Roni



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Discussion

There are 13 comments so far.

    PastaQueen

    February 12, 2010

    I just wanted to mention that it’s also a good idea to keep a copy of all your images backed up too. I just imported somebody’s blog from Blogger to Wordpress and I had to find a script that downloaded all their images for them. It was kind of a pain, but Blogger doesn’t really have an easy way to do it!

    PastaQueen

    February 12, 2010

    Oh, here’s the URL for the script if anyone wants it: http://notions.okuda.ca/wordpress-plugins/blogger-image-import/

    roni

    February 12, 2010

    Thanks for adding that! I always forget about the images because I manage my own on the server.

    J. Masterson

    February 13, 2010

    I am blogger challenged … and I really appreciate your tips and advice. Does the “Export Blog” back up your entire site or just the blog posts…does it include the archived ones?
    Thanks for your help.
    J. Masterson

    roni

    February 15, 2010

    J – It backs up all your posts, including the archives BUT as PastaQueen pointed out above it does not grab your images.

    liz

    February 16, 2010

    i think backing things up is the theme of the week. i had a close call with ‘the blue screen of death’ this weekend and i freaked out because i had not backed ANYTHING up. my i.t. boyfriend got the laptop running again and have i backed anything up yet? no… guess that needs to be on the to-do list for today!

    jamie

    February 16, 2010

    Any tips for easy backup of a wordpress blog? I am guilty of not backing mine up in a while and last time I did it – it seemed to be a pain. If it were easier, I’d be more likely to do it more often.

    roni

    February 16, 2010

    Jamie – It’s the same thing.. Export the blog under “tools”. I have a screen shot up there but it’s simplicity get’s dwarfed by Blogger’s ugly design. ;~P

    jamie

    February 16, 2010

    Geez – totally missed that! Sometimes I overlook things that look like ads! Sorry for the redundancy! Thanks!

    roni

    February 16, 2010

    No problem. It does get hidden. :)

    jamie

    February 16, 2010

    I saw in wordpress where I can export an xml file with my posts. But like the mention above, I figured it won’t retain the images and other files. So I figured I would go ahead and archive the directory from my website. I had been using CoffeeCup Free FTP and it worked fine but recently reformatted my computer and upon installing the latest coffee cup ftp software, I find that I can’t navigate to the subdomain (where my blog exists) of my website. This wasn’t an issue before and I could move up and down the file structure as needed. So I don’t know if its a limitation of the new version of the software or the free version or what. I don’t want to buy the full version if I don’t know I can get into the subdomains. I tried setting the server to be the subdomain and several other things with no luck. Any thoughts? Can you recommend a good ftp software? I was happy with Coffee Cup and backing up seemed like it would be super easy b/c you can back up a directory to a zip file with just a button click. But if I can’t get into that directory, that one click back up does me no good… Thank you

    roni

    February 17, 2010

    Hi Jaime (again) :)

    Try FileZilla http://filezilla-project.org/
    and just in case you don’t know all your images are in the wp-content->uploads

    Here is information on backing up blog.
    http://www.thesitsgirls.com/2010/03/how-to-back-up-your-blogger-blog/

    It’s from The Secret Is In The Sauce – you know Heather and Tiffany from Blogger Boot Camp. Very helpful, no?