How To Back Up Your Blog

If you are anything like me then you love your blog, it is your own little space on the internet and you spend your days making it look just so. It is filled with memories of days out and moments captured between your children. You pour your heart and soul into every post and hope that others will enjoy reading it as much as you enjoy creating it.

How To Back Up Your Blog

 

So what if someone took it all away? Your host could have a server failure or worse still someone could hack your account. What if one day you go to do something and everything you have ever written had disappeared? Every single photo lost forever. I would cry, wouldn’t you?

I cannot stress enough how important it is to back up your blog! Such a simple act can prevent you ever having to go through the hassle of starting again. Some people have hosts that will back it up for them, I have heard tales of this not working and bloggers are still left with nothing. You should be backing it up yourself, it isn’t difficult at all as I will explain below.

What are your options?

If you are on WordPress then there are several plugins available to you, set them to do it weekly as a minimum. They will all save your database, which holds all your posts, photos and comments etc..

  • Updraft Plus- this plugin automatically backs up your blog as often as you tell it to. Most people seem to prefer this one although for some reason it never wants to work for me.
  • WP 2 DB- this plugin will make a backup and send it to your Dropbox account if you have one. The only problem here is that once your blog gets bigger you will have to pay for a bigger Dropbox account.
  • WP-DB Backup- this is the one I use, it simply backs up your database and emails the file to you.

If you are on Blogger then unfortunately you will have to do this manually. Set a reminder on your phone for each Monday and make sure you stick to it.

  1. Click on ‘Template’ and you will see ‘backup/restore’ in the top right hand corner. Follow the instructions to backup your database.
  2. Go to ‘Settings’ and ‘Other’ and ‘Export Blog’
  3. Doing steps 1 & 2 each week will ensure you are covered in the event of anything going wrong.

What are you waiting for? Do it now!

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Katy
Katy is a wife, mum of three and professional blogger. She writes about her life, her family and the adventures they have together. With a love of all things pretty, you'll find posts about fashion, food and home- she also hopes to inspire others to make the best out of every day.

34 Comments

  1. Thank you this is just the reminder I needed to do this!! Also good to know I can set one to do it whenever I want (useful here as internet allowance is low but free at night!!!) x

  2. Thank you so much for this I have never backup up my blog. I know scary and I just never knew how and I have used the plugin above so we shall see how I go but thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    1. Jenny!!!!!!!! Oh my word, you are about the 10th long term blogger to have told me this and it makes me feel woozy! Glad you have sorted it now and fingers crossed you never have to use it!! xx

  3. Hi Katy,

    I have been trying to back up my blog (on blogger) and it tells me to download or upload a template, when I click on download it takes me to a page with a paragraph of words, letters and symbols. Do I do something with this?
    Sorry, I am probably making something easy very difficult!

    Gemma

  4. Thanks for this great post. I always forget to back up my blogs. I installed WP-DB Backup and it’s so easy. I have to install it on my old blogs now.

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