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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

How to backup your blog

Backing up your Blogger blog

Why is it important to backup your blog? You got to protect it from accidental delete (not rare). Another matter to consider is the stability of the blogging and web hosting service and its hardware. Blogger, even though backed up by the giant Google, faced some hiccups recently because of a hardware problem and caused a real scare among bloggers recently. How to backup your blog?

Using Blogger to email you the post you publish

One simple way is to set up your blog so that each post you make is emailed to a chosen email address, preferably specially created for that purpose. Click SETTINGS tab, then Email, and add your chosen email address at BlogSend Address. These, however, will be pure text, and does not include the HTML and that means you will have to reupload your photos and redo you links, etc.

Using Blog Collector

There is an easy way to backup your blog. Download and install Blog Collector Lite (close new window to get back to this page). This is an easy-to-use non-expiring free software. There is a provision to Synchronize Blog, which means that subsequent backups only backup the new updates. When you have collected enough material, you can even choose to publish it as a book, either in Word or PDF format. They also have a paid version.

Using HTTrack to mirror your blog

Another way is to download HTTrack Website Copier (close new window to get back to this page). It allows you to download any WWW site from the Internet to your computer, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images and other files.

Copying each post into Notepad and saving it somewhere safe

This method will be a bit labourous if you had not done it right from the beginning and have tons of posts. In the post editor, make sure you are in the EDIT HTML mode. Highlight everything inside the post editor window (click inside the window and press ctrl+A), right-click and select copy (or ctrl+C) and then paste it into Notepad (right-click and select paste or press ctrl+V). With this method, you will have all your links, photos, etc backed up.

IMPORTANT: Backing up your blog template

One should not forget to backup the template. To backup the template, sign into Dashboard, select blog, click TEMPLATE, highlight all the template, right-click and save to clipboard. Then paste it into Notepad or NoteTab (close new window to get back to this page). Save it under a file name like blog title-date each time before you make any changes to the template.

What if I had neglected to backup my blog or template

Well, if you have neglected to backup your blog and/or your template, what you will have to resort to is to follow the steps outlined in "How to recover from an unintended delete" (click "BACK" button to get back to this page).

Update: April 24, 2006
Blog Collector Lite has worked well for me because I used the standard Blogger Minima template for my blogs. If you are using standard Blogger templates, you will be able to backup all your posts right up to the beginning. If, however, you are using non-standard non-Blogger templates, or have modified the Blogger template extensively, Blog Collector only backup the posts in the main page. In this case, it is probably better to use HTTrack Website Copier for your backup.

Books from Amazon

Blogging: Genius Stragies for Instant Web Content by Biz Stone, former Senior Specialist on the Google Blogger team

Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Webpage and Blog

19 comments:

  1. Am going to give it a try! Thanks for the tip ;-)

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  2. I see it only grabs what's on the main page, not the archives. Am working on it though ;D

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  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I feel so much better about the safety of all my blogs now. I'm excited about being able to print it out in a booklet for those relatives who don't have access to a computer.
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  4. Once again, I have to say a big THANK YOU! You have a clear well written and helpful site for new bloggers like me.

    Jacqueline

    leatherdistrictgourmet.blogspot.com

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  5. So, I tried Blog Collector Lite and it didn't back up anything. Emailed their support dept. and found out it only works for "standard templates." So if you've made any alterations at all in your template, forget Blog Collector.

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  6. Hi peter;

    I've backed up my (possibly) corrupted template as you recommended but am unable to load a fresh copy in its place - in fact I'm unable to post today... I just keep getting a spinning "0% published" symbol. Is this a result of the template corruption you suspected my blog has or is blogger just having hiccups today? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thx - L ;-)

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  7. Probably a Blogger hiccup. I could't publish an update yesterday night, but succeeded a few seconds ago. Try again.

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  8. I tried Blog Collector Lite and it downloaded well. My only question now is, how do I use it to upload information if my blog is deleted? Or would I have to repost it post by post?

    Thanks!
    Red Storm

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  9. Haven't have to do it yet, but to upload it again, I believe you will have to do it post by post unfortunately.

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  10. Did Red Storm get an answer? It seems good enough to print out a blog but what about restoring it to html and individual posts?

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  11. As mentioned earlier, you probably have to repost them one by one, but I haven't had to do this myself yet. Anyway contacted Blog Collector support and waiting for their response.

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  12. Hi, thanx for suggesting BlogCollector Lite and it worked perfectly on my blogs to-date (within Blogger.com)until I set up a new blog the other day. I couldn't back it up until I selected 'RSS' instead of 'Blogger/Blogspot' - why is this as I've used the same access all through and one of the same templates as before? Also when BlogCollector creates a PDF, I can't see the pictures included although I can see them from within the sychronisation??? By the way you site has helped me a lot so far as I'm a new blogger!

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  13. Hi Irene,

    Glad to hear that you have found this blog useful to you. Although I am no longer updating this blog, you can still use it to find new topics by using the Google sitesearch box, and also the CATEGORIES in the sidebar. Or you can go directly to Blogger Tips and Tricks

    Regarding your problems with Blog Collector, why don't you contact their support. Their email is support@asprise.com

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  14. BlogCollector didn't work for me...Using Minima but did change colors and have a picture uploaded to header. Can you suggest something else. I can copy my Wordpress blog so easily...

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  15. Hi the teach,

    Sorry to hear that BlogCollector did not work for you. It did for me for Blogger Tips and Tricks which used the same modified Minima template as this blog, made a PDF book and put it up for sale as a demo at Award winning Blogger Tips and Tricks PDF book for sale for $1.99. Never really expected to sell anything, but I SOLD 1!!!! However, I had to update the post to let potential purchasers what to expect after that and offered to refund (minus the Paypal commision, but the purchaser didn't ask for a refund, so I made $1.99 minus Paypal commission with the free BlogCollector Lite.

    However, I think I need to update this post or make a new post to let readers know you can backup, but BlogCollector do not have a way for you to upload it back again to your blog if anything happen. You will have to do it manually. The best way is still to use the EDIT HTML post editor for every post plus Notepad, but it is hard work.

    Did you try HTTrack? I did download it before and got a backup long time ago but I don't think there is an automatic way for you to upload back to your blog automatically with HTTrack either.

    I suggest do it the hard way with Notepad. I know of no other way.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Blogger Tips and Tricks

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  16. I tried HttTrack - didn't work either. Is it you that said HP has something so that you can print one Blogger post at a time? Do you know what I'm talking about?

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  17. Hi the teach,

    Looks like the stars are not shinning on you. I don't know what to say.

    Regarding printing, perhaps you are referring to Add "Print this" option for your blog and I don't remember what is inside this one: Printing your blog.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)
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  18. I agree website backups are really important

    Thanks for the useful tips

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  19. websitebackup, this is an old post and there had been many improvements with Blogger.com since and now you can backed even more effectively by backup with export and restore with import if necessary. But thanks because you have reminded to update this post.

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