Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How To Back Up Your Entire Blog...2 Steps

Hi everyone! Just a few days ago I had an issue with my blog. I still don't know what happened, but pages weren't opening correctly and things were missing. It magically corrected itself, but made me realized...I need to back up my blog more.

I have made a plan to back up once a week, every Monday morning. I blog a lot during the week, so I need to back up more than I have in the past.

I blog with Blogger, so I will be showing you the "How Tos" with Blogger, but if you blog with Wordpress or Typepad, please research how to back up your blog!!! It's so important. You don't want to lose all your hard work.

There are 2 parts to backing up your blog.

  1. Backing up your template
  2. Backing up your posts and comments

How To Back Up Your Entire Blog...

Part 1. How To Back Up Your Template


Go to your Dashboard and click the drop down box that I'm pointing to with the red arrow.



Select the TEMPLATE button...


Go to the upper right corner where it says BACKUP/RESTORE...Click that


Then you will click "DOWNLOAD FULL TEMPLATE".

On my iMac, it went to my download section...your computer might be different.


Part 2. How To Back Up Posts and Comments...


Go to Dashboard again and click drop down arrow to SETTINGS.


Then go to the bottom left and click "OTHER"


Then you will click EXPORT BLOG...


Then click DOWNLOAD BLOG...

There is a link to the help section if you want to read it first. Just click the "Learn More" when you are on that page.


That's it!! Two easy steps to back up your entire blog.

I think it's a good idea to get in the habit of backing your blog up on a regular basis...at least once a week if you blog often.

Happy Blogging,
~Karen~


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60 comments:

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!...for this wonderful tutorial! So grateful for the reminder to do this AND...just how to do it!
    Happy New Year!
    hugZ,
    annie

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  2. Genius! Thank you for this tip - I had no idea how to back up my blog before!

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  3. Thank you thank you!! I just backed it up, I've been blogging for 6 months now, and I haven't done this yet! Better late than never I guess :)

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  4. Just did this! Thanks so much!

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  5. You've made it so simple. However, I'd like to back mine up on Firefox ... your method takes it right to the other guys and won't let me change it - have you got any ideas on that? It may be staring me in the face and I'm just having a technology challenging day. lol

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  6. Thank you so much for this info!

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  7. Thank you so very much for explaining this. I followed your clear instructions and backed up my blog. I hate to ask, and I hope I never need it, but how would I use this downloaded file to restore my blog?

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  8. Thank you very much for your helpful tips.

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  9. It never occurred to me to back up my blog! Thanks a bunch!

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  10. Thanks....this is so important and you made it so easy! I am also saving a copy of the download in a separate file in my documents....because I may forget to look in downloads if there is a crash. Can you halp my organize my stash, and my photos this easy? *grin*

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  11. Thank you so much for this information. I have now backed up my blog.

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  12. Thank you so much. I had never considered backing up my blog before and there are years of posts and photos that I would miss if it somehow died.

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  13. That is awesome! Hopefully I will never have to use but always good to do just in case!

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  14. I've been wondering how to do this. Thanks for the heads up, just backed up my blog!

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  15. This is what I love about your blogging tutorials: you take a task that sounds scary and overwhelming, and show us step-by-step how easy it actually is! My blog is now backed-up. Thank you!

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  16. I didn't even know you were suppose to back up your blog! Thanks for the info. Do you know what would be the best way to get a hard copy of your posts?

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  17. Thank you! I should definitely get into this habit!

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  18. Wow, this is news to me....but so many blogger details are news to me! Thank you so much for the terrific instructions. I've tried to follow those done by other "experts" but their expertise gets in the way of their teaching. You really made this simple and do-able. happy new year!!

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  19. Thanks for the tips and reminders to do this.

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  20. Great tutorial thank you . Blogger is BAD - it won't let me backup. Gives me some red warning message so I can't appear to backup ... boo. I will keep trying.

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  21. i didn't know you were supposed to back it up...whoops - thanks x

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  22. Thanks for this I think I would be devastated to lose my blog it's my little online diary, I must do this x

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  23. Thank you! Very simple to follow and may be a relief later on if something goes wrong. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge!

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  25. Thanks! Just backed mine up too!

    Also, if you click on the link to my blog, it will not let you view it because it is a private blog.

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  26. Just found your wonderful blog!! I love it! Can't wait to spend some time searching through all you have written. Adding you to my igoogle now!!

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  27. I had no idea you could do this! Thank you so much for sharing! Any other amazing blog secrets you want to reveal? Your a genius! Happy New Year!

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  28. You rock my world. I'm extraordinarily ignorant about all this and am overwhelmed but love writing and sharing. I need to come camp out at your blog for a couple of days and read every single thing. You are so helpful. thank you. Happy New Year.

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  29. done! thanks for sharing that info!

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  30. I am so thankful you shared this. Will do so immediately. You always have such good info

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  31. This was made simple with your wonderful visual steps! My husband is an IT guy - and he pumps "back up-back up-back up" into our lives constantly - but what can I say. Last week, I saw that episode of Sex and the City, where Carrie DIDN'T BACK UP... so now it's DONE DONE DONE! I really appreciate your reminder and simple instructions! Happy New Year!

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  32. Karen - great tutorial on backing up, but have you used this backup to restore? I went thru the process to backup and created a test blog to see how the restore would work...but couldn't get it to restore. Curious if you have had good luck with it?

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  33. Thank you, Karen. Great tutorial, as usual! You make everything so easy for us!

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  34. You are a doll!! Thank you so much for this. I'm on my way to backin' up city!!

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  35. Thank you so much! I really needed to learn how to do this. Perfect timing.

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  36. Thank you so much for this post! So helpful!!! I can't tell you how much I appreciate all your blogging tips!

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  37. Thank you for reminding me of backing up my blog, it's been a while!

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  38. thank you so much for explaining this so great. I've been wanting to mess around with my header but was afraid I would mess something up..now I know how to back up, I feel more confident doing it.

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  39. hmm, it honestly never crossed my mind to backup my blog, but I'd definitely have a heart attack if some posts disappeared. I already had a mini heart attack once when photos from my initial posts went missing. Thanks!

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  40. You're the best! Thanks so much for this information. I have so many memories stored on my blogs and other than printing them all out I didn't know how to keep them. Thanks again.

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  41. Thanks! I've started using Windows Live Writer to write my blog entries off-line, but I never thought of backing up my actual blog!

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  42. Hi Karen, not sure if its just me, but I cant see any of the thumbnails or links on any of your pages. I have been following your for ages so I know they are meant to be there! Just thought you'd might like to know xxx

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  43. Hi Karen, Just found your tutorial on my friend´s Ann (a good yarn) and That´s it: My backup is done. Thank for sharing and Happy new Year!

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  44. Thank you very much, i use to back up only the template
    Kisses

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  45. Thanks Karen! That's a great idea to back once in a week. Also I used to ignore the second part of your tutorial. From now on, I will do that too. Thanks again.
    Shiful Alam

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  46. Thank you for sharing this!
    Have a nice Sunday!
    Marjolein.

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  47. I don't blog anymore but I did wake up this morning thinking I might get back to it someday and wondered about the possibility of being able to do this....your post answered my question at just the right time! Thank you! Jenn ♥

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  48. Thank you for posting the instructions on how to back up a blog. I was able to easily complete the steps in a few minutes. Who knew? This does raise the question posted by sewcalgal, how does one restore a blog after a crash? Any suggestions?

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  49. Thank you so much! I didnt think it would be so easy! Your awesome! All the pictures are really helpful, so thank you thank you thank you!

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  50. Oh Thank you so much for the review on how to back up our blogs. I've gotten lazy and forgotten how plus blogger changed it's look a while back and I was lost on how to back up.
    Again Thank you.
    I'm gonna link your tutorial to one of my posts for my followers.

    Have a great day.

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  51. AGAIN! Your blogging tips are SO helpful! Thank you SO much for taking the time to post them! I have now backed up my blog and set a reminder in my iPhone calendar for every Monday! =)

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  52. Does this back up your photos as well? Or do you have to do them separate? My email is holymolynonames@yahoo.ca I would appreciate if you could let me know about the pictures when you have a sec.

    I use to back up...but somehow when I started my new blog I had not been doing it. The other day there was an issue with blogger and my blog disappeared. I honestly was so bummed. Thankfully it all came back up and so now I am backing up and will make it habit again weekly. I have been blogging for years....so many great ideas and writings and to lose it well I would be right there with ya rolling on the ground!

    Thanks for the help.

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  53. Great tips - thank you! One question though...in the event something goes wrong how would we actually use these downloads to restore the blog?

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  54. I love finding someone who posts simple instructions that are straight-forward no muss, no fuss. I've linked your blog onto mine. Cheers!

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  55. Karen,
    Thank you so much for your blogging tips--I had never backed my blog up. Just did it with your easy instructions! You are a genius! Thanks! Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com
    ps heading to your neck of the woods for last minute college visit this week!

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  56. Thank you Karen! I love your tutorials!!!

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  57. Hi Karen,
    I just backed up my blog for the first time, but not before I lost a post that I just finished writing this morning! I'm so glad you have this blogging tips page! Now I'll be backing up often!
    Val

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