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.

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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!

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Which is the Best Data Backup Method for Genealogy?

data backup day

I can’t believe it is June already and another Data Backup Day has arrived (and passed). I’m hoping you’ve taken some time to backup your precious genealogy research and if not, there’s still hope . . . here is the latest information along with some recommendations:

The Latest in Data Backup Methods

There really is no excuse for not backing up your data these days; a variety of hardware devices, apps and other programs make the process easily and some even run in the background while you work!

Purchase data backup items at Amazon!

 

Click here to find some of the best data backup solutions at Amazon at the best prices! Check out the WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup which is only $69 for a huge amount of storage space!

You can also get a one-year subscription to BackBlaze at Amazon for only $50! Click here for more information!

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!

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Have You Ever Lost Genealogy Data? Today is Data Backup Day!

data backup day

The first day of each month is Data Backup Day when many genealogists and family historians take time to ensure that they don’t lose access to their research data, scanned photos and more.

The Latest in Data Backup Methods

There really is no excuse for not backing up your data these days; a variety of hardware devices, apps and other programs make the process easily and some even run in the background while you work!

  • USB Flash Drives: Just like external hard drives, we’re seeing a decline in price on these devices which can hold 16GB, 32GB and more! The SanDisk Cruzer 32 GB USB Flash Drive holds 32GB of data for under $20!

  • Data Backup for Devices: Many of us only think about our desktop or laptop computers when it comes to data backup – what about smartphones and tablet devices? There are a variety of iOS apps as well as Android apps that are free or low-priced.

data backup android apps

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!

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee