Yes, it could. I’m also hosted by Blogger. If your blog is a Blogger-hosted blog, it could happen to you, too. Is it likely? Well, no – but mistakes do happen, as evidenced by Jill’s day on Thursday.
YES. Backing up your blog saves all your posts, comments, and layout so that even if something happens, what you have built is safe.
I have never backed up my blog before. I kept meaning to, but I never got around to it. Well, you better believe I did it on Thursday, and my plan is to do it weekly from now on. I’m almost ashamed to admit it, now that I know how easy it is. It’s ridiculously easy! And today, I’m going to show you how to do it too. If you’ve never backed up your blog, do it – right now, as soon as you’re done reading this post. If you have backed it up before, but maybe it’s been a while, here’s your reminder that you never know what might happen. It’s so little effort for that peace of mind… consider it, free blog insurance. ;)
The backup file hardly takes up any space – all my posts and comments (nearly 400 posts and over 1500 comments) took up 13.5MB, and my template was only 86.6K. Just to give you some idea of relative size – each photo I take with my camera is about 1MB all by itself – so these are very easy files to store!
Start out in your Blogger Dashboard. Drop the options menu down and go to the bottom selection, Settings.
I use Chrome, so all my downloads go to a Download folder. From there, I just moved the file to a USB drive I use for blog things, but you could save this anywhere you like on your computer.
That’s it – you’ve just saved all your content and comments, which is the stuff that takes SOOO many hours to create. But – if you were to actually lose your blog, you’d have to re-design it from scratch, unless you also backup your template, too. This is also a super easy process.
From your main menu, click on Template in the left column. Once you’re in the Template menu, click Backup/Restore in the upper right corner.
The pop-up box will come up, and you want to Download Full Template. Click that.
I found that I did want to rename the template – I added the date to it so I know when it was the last time I backed it up.
I’m planning a weekly backup from now on of my content, and a backup of the template only when I make changes to my blog design or layout. I’m also pretty sure I’m going to be making the move over to WordPress in the near future to give me that much more reassurance, but in the meantime, I’m protecting myself!
So – have you ever backed up your blog? How often do you do it?
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