Monday, January 31, 2011
I am not always the best at backing things up, but I know it is very important. I am sure you back-up your images and files (right?), but have you ever thought about backing up your Blogger blog?
The first thing you should do is save a copy of your blog template to your hard drive. Go to Design, Edit HTML, Download full template. Save this file somewhere you can find it. Always save your template before making any changes to your html. And it doesn't hurt to have a copy just in case you need to start a new blog with that same template.
Did you know you could save to file your entire Blogger blog (posts and all)? I just found out
how to do this (thank you google) and wanted to share it with you. We have all heard horror stories of blogs disappearing (google Blogger or WordPress "my blog disappeared" and you will be shocked).
Usually these blogs get flagged unfairly and often they are restored, but it doesn't hurt to have a backup on your computer just in case.
Click on Settings, Basic and then click on Export Blog.
Now simply click on Download Blog and save a copy of that file on your computer. I have to confess the first time I did this I was shaking because I was convinced it would delete my blog or export it somewhere in space. I think this is a common fear, read the disclaimer: "Don't worry, your blog will still remain on Blogger until you delete it."
I am not alone in my insanity. ;-)
So there you have it, an easy way to make a "just in case" copy of your entire blog. If you are like me and have spent years working on your blog, this will give you some peace of mind. And who doesn't need that.