Friday, September 21, 2012

Backing Up Your Blogger Site

Having gone through (actually still going through!) this fiasco with Google and Blogger, I was thinking about how disastrous it would be if any of my blogs totally disappeared. It was my understanding that because Blogger is hosted on the blogger.com website it was not possible to back it up. I did a little research and in fact, that is not true.  Here are the steps I followed to back up my blog to my computer:

1. Log in to your blogger account and go to your blog's dashboard.
2. On the left side of the screen you will see a list of options. Click on Settings.
3. Under Settings, click on Other.
4. Up at the top of the page you will see Blog tools with the option to Import blog, Export blog and Delete blog.
5. Click on Export blog. A dialog box will open; select Download blog.
6. A new dialog box will open; select Save File.
7. A Downloads box will open; right click the blogger.com download and select Open Containing Folder.
8. You can then rename the downloaded file and save it to a location on your computer that you will remember.

This will back up all of your blog posts, but not the design of the blog. If you or someone else created a special theme for your blog, that will need to be backed up separately. I just used themes available from Blogger and customized with my own photos, so recreating them would not be a big deal. Having to recreate all the posts would be impossible. I feel a lot better knowing that they are all safely backed up on my computer. Don't let your blog be an accident waiting to happen.

3 comments:

  1. Your blog is backed up, but hosting with Blogger means that ultimately, Google owns your content, not you. What this means is that if Google decides to get rid of Blogger (which is entirely possible - they're getting rid of feedburner and have retired friend connect), your blog goes with it. The only way to truly own your content is to self-host using wordpress.org (NOT .com). That's why I ultimately switched from Blogger.

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  2. All very interesting! I am going to follow your instructions! THANKS!

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  3. Thanks for the comments. Every Little Thing, it is a disadvantage to be on Blogger for the reasons you stated and a few more. That is why I have my house history research blog on wordpress.org. I will probably be migrating my other two blogs that way as well. I just like the ease of Blogger, and WordPress throws me a curve once in awhile. Then I have to hire someone to bail me out. But at least everything is backed up and I own the content on WordPress.

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