Data Backup Day – What About Backing Up Your Blog?

Backing Up Your Blog

Well the year is half over now that we’re at the start of July 2014 and another Data Backup Day is here. In the previous posts, we’ve discussed the need for backing up your genealogy data, what sort of technology to use, etc. But have you ever thought about all the data that represents your genealogy blog? What provisions have you made for backing that up and what is your data strategy in case you had to quickly move your blog to a different platform?

Rule #1: Always Have an Exit Strategy for Your Data

I mention this in almost every lecture that involves signing up at a website and uploading your data, to the point where it has become a mantra: You are responsible for your data. This means knowing what that website will do with your uploaded data and also knowing how to export your data.

So make sure you know how to export all your data, not just blog posts but images as well as layout and gadget settings and templates. Here is some helpful “how to” info:

backing up your Blogger blog

  • Blogger: In your dashboard, click Settings then click Other. Scroll to the top and under Blog Tools, click Export Blog. The process will create a XML formatted file and download it to your computer. Tip: place a reminder on your calendar to manually execute this Export once a week or once a month.

wordpress com backup

  • WordPress.com (free WordPress): In your dashboard, click Tools then click Export. Follow the directions to export your blog data to a XML file. Tip: place a reminder on your calendar to manually execute this Export once a week or once a month.

Backup for hosted WordPress site

  • Hosted WordPress (paid WordPress): If your WordPress site is hosted by a website host, for which you pay a monthly or annual fee, you have many more options. In your dashboard, click Tools then click Export. Follow the directions to export your blog data to a XML file. You will notice you can export all content or just posts or pages.

Rule #2: Check Your Blog Host

cpanel backup

Check with your website host to see if they automatically backup your site and how you can access the files. Most hosting sites run CPanel software – simply login and then in the Files section, click Backup and follow the steps to create a scheduled backup of your blog.

Rule #3: Use a Third Party Service, Gadget or Plug In

backwpup plugin

  • Blogger: Go to Google Takeout and follow the steps to export everything in Blogger.
  • WordPress: Install a WordPress plugin that will create backups on a schedule and even email you the file(s). Some, like backWPup (free) will even send your backup files directly to your Dropbox account. For more info on WordPress plugins that help with backups, see The Best WordPress Backup Plugins.

Data Backup Resources

GeneaBloggers has developed a resource list of data backup methodologies and solutions. Click here to learn how you can backup almost every aspect of your blog, your browser, your computer – even Macs!

Also, don’t forget to shop here at Amazon for some of the best deals on data backup software, external hard drives and more!

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.