Backing Up Your Blogger Blog and Template

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.


Max - Teaching Jane January 31, 2011 at 11:38 AM  

If you are using WordPress there is an official backup service called VaultPress - - It's run by Automattic, the same people that started WordPress.

It's a subscription service, but have heard good things about them and their customer service.


Sharon Ankerich January 31, 2011 at 12:12 PM  

That is crazy because you read my mind today!!! I was searching on how to do this but didn't find this way! I just saved it to my external!!! and wanted to ask your advise on a place to backup my whole computer and my external hard drives???
Blessings and Joy!

Ella January 31, 2011 at 12:39 PM  

thanks for the tip ! I'm not under blogger, but under canalblog, so I've to see if I can do the same..I hope !

Ann @ I blog, therefore I am. January 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM  

Thanks for posting this!

Selena @ Stoneyville January 31, 2011 at 1:54 PM  

Great thanks for the advice, I just backed up my blog!

R Slaughter January 31, 2011 at 1:59 PM  

Thank you for this. I just backed mine up!


Slaughter Photography

Rita January 31, 2011 at 2:04 PM  

Thanks Max for the WordPress info. :-)

And I am glad some people didn't know this also. I have been on Blogger for years and never realized I could do this.

Jennifer January 31, 2011 at 2:35 PM  

Thanks! I used the Export/Import feature when I changed blogspot addresses, but I never thought (yes, my hair is blonde) to use it to actually back up my blog. Thanks!

Muddy Boot Dreams January 31, 2011 at 2:58 PM  

Thank you, it is a much needed thing to do. I am off to do it now.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

LaTosha January 31, 2011 at 3:10 PM  


Adriana January 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM  

Thank you so much! I can't even imagine how I would feel if I lost all my blog comtent!

kristi.w. January 31, 2011 at 5:37 PM  

Thank you so much for posting this! It's so useful. I didn't know how to back up my blog. It's so easy!

Julia January 31, 2011 at 7:06 PM  

I just did this, and clicked Open after it saved, and there are no pictures with the text...should there have been? It was an .xml file. Thanks!

Rita January 31, 2011 at 7:37 PM  

Julia, your links to your images should be in the code. This method won't back up your images, they are stored on Picasa (if you upload via blogger, otherwise they will have the links to any other image hosting site). But the links to Picasa are there.

Julia February 1, 2011 at 5:23 AM  


bigguysmama February 2, 2011 at 12:16 AM  

Thanks so much. I've downloaded my template before but that's it. Don't know what I was thinking. I'm in the process of doing both right now!

Lil-Rosi February 5, 2011 at 4:07 PM  

Thank you for posting this! This is the second time today that I've seen this suggestion, so I think I'll take the hint and back things up right away! :)
BTW, I love your blog & your actions!

GKJ September 18, 2011 at 10:00 PM  

I'm having trouble working out how to do with with the new blogger template... Any suggestions on where they have hidden this? Thanks :)

Alice July 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM  

i saved my template successfully. i followed your steps to backup my blog. it seems to have done that and i see a page full of all my posts and comments, but i can not figure out where it's backed up at. i am on a mac - i've looked in finder, in downloads, can you tell me where it normally goes to on the computer? thank you, alice

Rita July 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM  

Don't know Alice, on my Mac it goes to downloads.

Cocalores July 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM  

Thanks for sharing this great tutorial! I've linked to it in my post about blog re-redesigning (don't want to promote myself, but lots of bloggers seem to want to see the post they've been linked to, so here's the link: xo Anja