Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: Backing up Your Blog

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Welcome to the Bloggiesta Back-up Challenge!

This mini challenge is part of the Blogggiesta! – hosted by Maw Books

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Can you imagine losing your blog?

Try to think about how devastated you’d be if you woke up one morning and found that all your posts had disappeared. I can’t imagine starting out again from scratch – it must be heartbreaking.

The threat of losing your blog is real and could happen to any of us without warning. Viruses, hardware problems and technical issues within your server provider are among the numerous causes of data loss. The good news is that we can all back-up our blogs so that we are able to retrieve everything if disaster strikes. 

Backing up can seem like a daunting exercise, but it isn’t that hard – it takes just seconds to save all your precious posts.

Saving your Posts and Comments

All the writing within your posts and the comments can be backed up by creating an .xml file. As well as saving it to your computer it is a good idea to copy it onto a CD, memory stick, or external hard drive that you can then take to another house – you can never be too careful when it comes to the blog you’ve worked so hard on.

a) Blogger Blogs

Click on the Settings tab on your blogger main menu.

Click on Export Blog in the top centre of the screen.

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Click on Download Blog and then save your blog in a safe place on your computer. Your posts can then be reinstated by clicking on Import Blog to the left.

 

b) WordPress Blogs

Click on the Export tab under the Tools menu of your WordPress Dashboard.

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Click on Download Blog and then save your blog in a safe place on your computer. Your posts can then be reinstated by clicking on Import, also under the Tools Menu.

Saving your Images/Photographs

Unfortunately the .xml file you created above will not save the images or other media files that you have uploaded to your blog. It is a good idea to create an upload folder, containing everything you have uploaded to your blog.  You can then regularly copy this to a safe place too.

Please note: if you’d like to easily reinstall your blog then you need to maintain the file structure that your blog uses to store photos. This commonly means storing all images in folders according to the month they were uploaded. Check your own settings to see how your files are named.

What next?

That’s it! Now you can relax in the knowledge that your blog’s contents is safe for another day!

To see the other Bloggiesta challenges and join in the festivities visit Maw Books.


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115 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for writing this post and the how-to. My blog has been duly exported!

  2. Melody says:

    Thanks for the tips, Jackie!

  3. Laura says:

    Jackie, this post is hereby “starred” in my Google Reader! One of the million reasons why LiveJournal sucked was that you could only export one month at a time. And by the time I realized I *should* do that, the task was too daunting. Now that I’m on WordPress I resolve to do better at this.

    Thanks a million!

    1. Jackie says:

      Laura, It is good that you are seeing the benefits already. Sorry for ignoring Livejournal users with this post, but I’m afraid it is not something I know anything about.

  4. fantastic info! I’ll be sure to add this to the list for this weekend!

  5. Kim says:

    Thank you! I didn’t even know my blog could be lost!

  6. Violet says:

    Thanks, I was too lazy to find out how to backup :)

    I’ll do it immediately.

  7. Dot says:

    Thanks for this, I kept thinking that I should back my blog up but I had no idea what to do!

  8. Sandy says:

    Done! I was kind of worrying about this lately. I backed it up about six months ago, but I do need to get in the habit of doing it at least once every couple months. Thank you, once again, for helping us!

  9. Amanda says:

    I never thought about doing that! I just did it. I figured I’d better do it before I started messing with the code for Bloggiesta, and I’ll redo it after I’ve got everything fixed up!

  10. Amber says:

    Very good tips! I use a backup plugin for WordPress that emails me the data (including comments) on a weekly basis. Your post reminded me that the backup may not include the pictures. I’m going to make a folder for those and back them up. :)

  11. Kate says:

    Wow. I had never thought about doing this before. But now that I have, I feel so much better about keeping my information. Thanks!

  12. tanabata says:

    I actually just backed up my blog a couple of weeks ago, at the end of the year, but it can’t hurt so I just did it again. I really should organize my photo folder a bit better too but I think that’s a task for another day. Thanks, Jackie.

  13. Consider it done! This is an incredible mini challenge. I never knew how to do this before! :) Thank you! Thank you!

  14. Shellie says:

    I have just backed up my blog –

    In two ways:
    1 – the blogger method
    2 – and since my template is modified and a non blogger url I use a program HTT Track Website Copier. I downloaded it free a few months ago when I added a column onto my blog.

    I hope it works if I loose my blog.

    Wow this comments sounds really geeky…. I really don’t know what I am doing.

    Thanks for the mini challenge!

    1. Jackie says:

      Shellie, I love geeky comments! Thank you for sharing that – I never know how geeky to get with these posts – don’t want to scare people off, but don’t want them to miss something important either.

  15. Well, I’ve only just this last week moved hosts, so I have already done this, but I certainly resolve to be better about it in the future!

  16. Michelle says:

    Thank you for reminding me to back up my blog! I need to make sure I do this more often.

  17. Aarti says:

    Whew, I backed up both to my computer and to a new WordPress blog I created as a backup. Thanks for the tips, Jackie!

  18. Before I do this I have a question: By clicking “export” is it going to take everything off Blogger so I will have to re-load everything?

    I am so nervous about doing anything on that page of Blogger, because I don’t want to lose everything…the very thing we’re trying to avoid!

    Help!

    1. Jackie says:

      Alison, Don’t worry – it just copies your blog – your blog won’t disappear!

  19. Holy cow. I did it. That was easy! WHEW!!!!

    Thanks, Jackie!

    1. Jackie says:

      Alison, Congratulations!

  20. Fabulous! I just backed up my blog and I feel so much better (I’ve lost sidebars before – very sad). Thanks!

  21. Sherry says:

    OK, thanks, Jackie. I’ve done this in the past, but now I have more stuff. SO I need to do it again.

  22. Lexie says:

    I should have done this before, but ah well its done now! Thank you! I think I’ll do this once a month at least…

  23. Jacqueline says:

    Thanks for this challenge! I know have all my blogs backed up.

  24. Jenners says:

    There is also a free back-up utility for Blogger available here:

    http://www.codeplex.com/bloggerbackup

    It will backup post AND comments!

    1. Jackie says:

      Jenners, Thank you for pointing that out! I don’t know much about blogger, so that is good advice for people.

  25. Molly says:

    Mine is now backed up. The last time I did this was in April, so thanks for the timely reminder!

  26. Kristi says:

    I always knew that I should do this – but wasn’t really sure where to start. You are right – it was very easy! Thanks for the info – I will need to put reminders in for a while to keep doing it!

  27. Thanks for the reminder to back up my blog! I always forget to do this. I would cry if I lost it all.

  28. Amused says:

    Wow, seriously? It’s that simple! I just did it! Don’t worry I’ll put up a Mr. Linky post at the end of the challenge but I am so relieved to know how easy it is! Thank you!

  29. Ash says:

    I actually lost one post today, so I wish I would have done this earlier. At least now I can rest safe for the day! Thanks for the tutorial.

  30. Thank you so much for the suggestion and tutorial! I’ve made a backup of my blog and plan to do it regularly!

  31. Alethea says:

    I made the mistake of not doing this once and ever since then, have not forgotten! I just did a new backup and am writing it into my schedule so that I do it regularly.

    Thanks for this great mini-challenge… losing data is heart-breaking!

  32. Ann Kingman says:

    Thanks for the nudge. I backed up everything last night.

    I have a self-hosted WordPress blog (moved from Blogger to WP last week, so it’s new to me). I learned that besides backing up your posts, you should also back up your WP database in case your webhost has a server issue. You can do this with a plugin called WP-DB-Backup. You can set a schedule so that it will email you the backup file as often as you like (I chose weekly).

    There is also a plugin called WordPress Backup that will back up your themes, settings, and images. You can also set this to email you on a scheduled frequency.

    So between your .xml export method and the 2 plugins, I should be good to go. Thanks!

    1. Jackie says:

      Ann, Fantastic advice! It is important for those who are self hosted to back up their data base. I do it through my service provider, but that will be different for everyone. Using a plugin is a great way to do it automatically – thank you!

  33. Stacy says:

    Thanks so much for this mini-challenge! I can’t believe how easy it was. One more thing to check off my list :)

  34. Joyful says:

    Thanks for the info. I have exported both my blogs.

    *Bloggiesta*

  35. Alexia561 says:

    Excellent mini challenge! Backed up my blog for the first time. Thanks for the helpful instructions, as I never really thought about this before!

  36. Done! (And thanks for the easiest Bloggiesta challenge ever, if you have a WordPress blog… it’s bolstered my sense of accomplishment considerably :)

  37. Wow! This was surprisingly easy…now if my challenge was just as easy, wouldn’t that be nice? Either way, this is great to have as a back up, just in case and probably a good idea to do it every so often. Thanks!

  38. Moonsanity says:

    I did it! You helped a lot because I’m playing around with moving to WordPress and I think this would be how I go about moving the posts there too. Thanks so much!

  39. Laura says:

    Thanks for hosting this mini-challenge and giving us all a reminder to back up our words and work! I did this once when migrating from Blogger to WordPress, but hadn’t since. It only takes a second and could potentially save hours worth of headaches. Piece of cake!

  40. I downloaded my blog and even my template to my computer.

    Btw, it really does work. I didn’t lose my blog but moved it onto a tester blog and it worked.

    1. Jackie says:

      Chris, It is great to hear that it worked!

  41. Helen says:

    Thanks for the mini-challenge! My blog has now been backed up.

  42. Being a one week old blogger I never even thought of this happening. It would be heartbreaking if you have months of effort put into your blog. Thanks for teaching me how to do this!

  43. Kristen H. says:

    Great mini-challenge. I am now backed up!

  44. Kristi(e) says:

    Thanks! I saw your mini-challenge over at Maw Books Blog and while participating in the mini-challenges wasn’t high on the top of my to-do list I’m glad I did this one!

  45. Margot says:

    Oh Jackie, thank you so much. In the back of my mind I know I should do this but I wasn’t really sure how to do it. I have an external hard drive and back up my computer all the time but not my blog. I feel better now. Thanks again.

  46. Nan says:

    What a fantastic mini-challenge! I never knew you could do that! Thanks so much for teaching me how.

  47. Helen says:

    Wow! That was SO easy. Now I’ll just put a note on my calendar each month (week?) to do that and I’ll be set. Thank you!

  48. I was in an absolute panic about this a few hours ago and here you come to the rescue! This weekend is all about angels! I am on WordPress but had a web person create my site, so I had no idea what to do regarding back up. I pressed the button, just as you directed and there it was. I subscribe to Carbonite, so I know that once I have the information saved on my computer, it is saved on someone else’s computer far away from here. Best investment ever. Thanks again!

  49. Meg says:

    Backed up the blog & all photos – thanks for the challenge!

  50. Trisha says:

    I can’t believe I have not done this before. Thanks!

  51. Monica says:

    Thanks for this challenge. I just did mine!

  52. Mandy says:

    I am now fully backed up. =) Thanks =)

  53. Sarah says:

    Thanks Jackie! My blog is now imported. What a great challenge idea!:)

  54. Vasilly says:

    I keep telling myself that I’m going to back up my blog at least once a week but almost always forget. Thanks for the reminder!

  55. Katie says:

    Easiest challenge ever, and probably one of the most valuable. I’m going to try and remember to back my blog up at least once a month if not more. Thanks!

  56. Callista says:

    I did this a couple months ago but I have more posts since then so I did it again. Thanks for the reminder.

  57. Beth F says:

    I admit I never noticed that export button in Blogger before and had no clue backing up was so amazingly easy. I’m off to do it and then complete this mini challenge. Thanks!!!!!!

    1. Beth F says:

      I have downloaded my blog and made two copies on two different CSDs. Thanks for this.

      BTW: I have a test blog, not open to the public, on which almost every post appears. This is a second place to save my photos and embedded videos. On Blogger, all photos appear in Picasa and are stored there too.

      1. Jackie says:

        Beth, Having a test blog is a great idea too!

  58. nomadreader says:

    Awesome! Thank you! I never thought about backing up, but now I’m set!

  59. Backing up my blog was the first thing I did on Friday morning, before I started tinkering :)

    I need to automate it to run on a regular basis, so I’m going to look into the plug-ins that Ann Kingman recommended (above)

    Thanks so much for reminding everyone about this crucial bit of blog housekeeping.

  60. Good idea! I just took care of it!

  61. Thanks so much for this post! Are you allowing re-posting (with credit to you, of course)?

    1. Jackie says:

      Elisabeth, I’d prefer it if you didn’t repost the entire thing, but you are welcome to explain how to do it in your own words or to link to me.

      1. That’s fine. I found a nice way to phrase it, and link back to you. :D Thanks!

  62. I make a habit of backing up my files at least once a week to my computer. It’s a good thing I do because last month I was making some changes to my primary domain with my host server when something went wrong and EVERYTHING went missing. They couldn’t even find my data. Thank goodness I had a backup file on my personal computer to give them so they could update things! Losing one or two posts I can handle, more than that and I’d have a nervous breakdown!! LOL You just never know…

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  63. Emma says:

    Great mini challenge! Did this one!

  64. Thanks so much for the info! I have downloaded my blog to a flashdrive as well as to my hard drive!

  65. Moonbeam says:

    Just one more thing I had no idea I needed to do. It’s a good thing I didn’t realize the level of my ignorance before I started this Bloggiesta. I might have grabbed the tequila rather than making the effort!

  66. Maggi says:

    Jenners – thanks so much for that post about Codeplex. I’m going to use it right now!

  67. Janelle says:

    I not participating in Bloggiesta but saw a link to your challenge posted somewhere. So glad I visited. Hadn’t thought much about this until now, to be perfectly honest.

  68. Jennifer says:

    That was so easy! Thanks!

  69. This is one of the first things I did for bloggiesta! I backed up both Savvy and the War challenge blog. I have all the photo files stored in a separate place online as well. I did find this post helpful when looking for the War blog file I needed…so thanks!

  70. Juju says:

    OMG
    What a fantastic idea that never occurred to me!
    Thank you!

  71. Julie J says:

    I’m a couple days late but I completed this challenge and backed up my blog. Thanks for the info! It’s much appreciated!

  72. Madigan says:

    Invaluable advice, thank you!
    Your screen captures make this inexcusably easy. Bravo!

  73. Mary Jo says:

    Great tip. I’m going to do it today!

  74. Meg says:

    Thanks so much for the easy guide! I just exported my blog. I can’t imagine losing two years’ (and 600 posts?!) worth of reviews and other thoughts… I would be devastated!

  75. Milka says:

    Thanks for this useful tip. I did not know before that there were actually a change to do it like this. Now I have exported by posts and comments and I feel a lot safer already.

  76. Gwen says:

    Thanks, I didn’t know how to do a back up in WP.

  77. Christina T says:

    That is great advice! I found it to be really easy to do. Hopefully I won’t need to use the file but it is good to have just in case. Thanks!

  78. Tara says:

    Thanks so much for the tips, I just backed up my blog.

  79. Thanks for the tip – it’s so easy, I can’t believe I haven’t done this earlier! :)

  80. Kate says:

    I never thought about doing this, thank you for the help! I also set an alarm on my phone for every 2 weeks to back up my blog.

  81. Thank you for this information! I’ve backed up my blog (and feel sooo much better about it).

  82. Amused says:

    Oh man this has to be one of the most useful tools to know when blogging! Thanks for hosting this challenge again!

  83. Tracee says:

    Even though my server backs up my site if I ever need to have them restore it they charge me. This couldn’t have been easier, thanks so much for the tip, I just did it!

  84. Wow! That was easy! Backup complete.

  85. Heidi V. says:

    I just usually backup my MySQL database, I haven’t ever used the Tools > Export feature on my blog! I have backed up all three of my blogs and it feels good to know that I have it!

  86. Sas says:

    I just backed up my blog and feel much happier now. :)
    Thanks!

  87. Thanks for the reminder and the how to of backing up :) Shall do it right away..

  88. Uniflame says:

    Thank you for doing this! I dreaded backing up my blog. I didn’t know it would be this easy! So thanks a million :)

  89. I’ve decided to export my blog every month and have made a reminder. I would definitely be seriously upset if I lost the content. :/ Now, I think I will start sorting my images the way you suggest, too. :)

  90. Thanks for the mini challenge! I backed up my blog at the last bloggiesta, but haven’t done it since. How silly.

    What a pity the pictures aren’t saved (WordPress). I will make folders to keep the new images.

  91. Daisy Chain says:

    Thank you for this Mini-Challenge. I have never backuped my blog so far (yes, I know, that’s scary) but thanks to your blog I finally did it.

    I knew of the export button but somehow was a) a little scared to try what happens and b) I thought that this would be to easy to be a real backup.

    Also thank you for the hint with the pictures, I will keep it in mind!

  92. Amused says:

    I did it again! Love this challenge!

  93. Alex says:

    Thanks for all the info! I was going to back up my blog as part of my challenge, but I had no idea about the images! I shall start doing that now!

  94. Erin says:

    Export blog…check! Thanks!

  95. Thanks so much for this mini-challenge. I have backed up my site and images.

  96. kai charles says:

    thanks for that! I will definetly do it.

  97. Anna says:

    Annnnd….DONE! Thank you so much–I hadn’t realized I could do this on Blogger. Phew. Feel so good now that this task is done.

  98. I’m pretty consistent about saving my work, but never thought about my blog. Thanks for the info!

  99. Chrystal says:

    Thanks for the helpful guide. Will be doing this in a few mins. Don’t want to be losing all my precious posts. :)

  100. melissa says:

    “Can you imagine losing your blog?” Yes! This happened to me this October, and I lost everything, I tried to find a few old entries and repost them, and also old comments, but it was a major nightmare. I had no idea there was an export/backup feature in WP, I guess I should have thought about it BEFORE lol but I’m 30 some posts back in, starting fresh I guess wasn’t so bad…BUT I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT, I RECOMMEND VIEWING THIS MINI CHALLENGE INSTEAD LOL! *wanders off to backup files* I will probably become obsessive about this ;)

  101. I don’t even want to think of losing my blog! Thank goodness for backups, I say! And thank you for the help. :)

  102. Whew! Just backed up my blog. Thanks for the advice!

  103. Julia says:

    Just did this as part of my Bloggiesta goals! Your post was so helpful, thank you!

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