How To Back Up Your Blogger Blog

As I mentioned in my Cybher presentation in May 2012, performing a back up on your Blogger blog is simple and should be performed regularly.  You should be backing up your blog template AND saving your posts.  Please click all images to enlarge.

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Export your blog

Blogger > Dashboard > Settings > Other


This is a one-click download and the file (a .xml file) will automatically be saved to your default download folder on your computer.   The default name for your download will be blog-todaysdate.xml.  It is good practice to find this file and rename it with the name of the blog and download date (I would use Geekalicious-13.09.12 for example) and move it to a folder dedicated to your blog downloads.



Back up your blog template

Blogger > Dashboard > Template > Backup/Restore


As before, this is a one-click download and the file (a .xml file) will automatically be saved to your default download folder on your computer.  The default name will be similar to template-1234567.xml.  Again it is good practice to find this file and rename it with and easy-to-remember file name and move it to a folder dedicated to your blog downloads.

Also get into the habit of downloading the template before you change anything on your blog just in case it all goes a bit wrong.  



Back up your blog posts

Blogger > Dashboard > Settings > Mobile and Email > Email posts to
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Email your blog posts to yourself and save them in a folder in your email account.  At least you will have a copy of all your posts should you ever lose your blog.





Back up your comments

Blogger > Dashboard > Settings > Mobile and Email > Comment Notification Email
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Have all your comments emailed to you and store them in a folder in your email account.  If you use a non-Blogger comment system there will be a facility to export all your comments in .xml format.

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If you ever need to restore your blog then repeat the above process in reverse, choosing the 'import' options.

Get into the habit of backing up at least once a week.  Make it part of your blogging routine and you'll be confident that your blog content and template are safe.

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