How to Back Up your Blog

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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34 Comments

  • Reply
    mummyofboygirltwins
    February 25, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you for this! Ooooooops I had NEVER backed it up until you said. I would be devastated if all that hard work went. Thanks for sharing 🙂 More posts like this please xxxxx

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      Katy
      February 25, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      More posts are on their way Jess 🙂 x

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    Kim Carberry
    February 25, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    On over 2 years I had never backed mine up! I have now by following your instructions! I didn’t think it was so easy!
    Thank you!! x

    • Reply
      Katy
      February 25, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Phew- glad you have done it now Kim!! x

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    February 25, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I do this, but I was just a little sick in my mouth at the thought of losing everything xxx

    • Reply
      Katy
      February 26, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      HA! It makes me ill to think of it all being lost x

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    Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks
    February 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for this! Just done it!!

    • Reply
      Katy
      February 26, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Good good! Can never be too careful! x

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    Laura
    February 27, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    This is brilliant thank you! I am off to do this now 🙂

    • Reply
      Katy
      March 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Good good!!

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    Julie
    February 27, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I also use WP Database Backup 🙂 Great plugin!

    • Reply
      Katy
      March 1, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      So good knowing you are protected isn’t it? x

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    Leigh - Headspace Perspective
    March 1, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I didn’t know about that plugin to automatically do back ups, Katy – thank you! xx #TheList

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      Katy
      March 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Oooh Leigh! I hope you have backed up now!! x

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    Mim
    March 1, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    This is brilliant as I’ve just moved to WordPress – thanks so much for sharing! Mim @ http://www.mamamim.com #TheList

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      Katy
      March 3, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Hope you have downloaded a plugin! x

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    Seychellesmama
    March 18, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    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

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      Katy
      March 19, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Yep you can set it for any time 🙂 x

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    Leigh - Headspace Perspective
    April 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you for this advice Katy, I was nervous about doing it (even though I’m quite IT savvy!) Plugin downloaded, back up done xx

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      Katy
      April 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      So glad you are all backed up now Leigh! xx

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    Jenny
    May 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    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. 🙂

    • Reply
      Katy
      May 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      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

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    Tania
    June 13, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Thank you so much for this post Katy! I learn so much from all of your blogging tips! ❤️

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      Katy
      June 14, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      You are very welcome Tania x

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    Mum's Hideout
    June 27, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Phew, just backed up, thanks!

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    Gemma at Confessions of a nagging mother
    July 17, 2015 at 9:49 am

    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

    • Reply
      Katy
      July 21, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Hope it is all sorted after our Twitter convo hun. If there is anything else you need just shout x

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    Jen
    July 22, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      Katy
      July 23, 2015 at 8:08 am

      It is great knowing it is sent to your inbox. x

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    Jules
    November 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    And to think my blog wasn’t backed up at all… well it is now!! Thank you very much 🙂

    • Reply
      Katy
      November 15, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Glad it was helpful 🙂

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