Saving your blog is essential to your blog’s health. Think of it as good blogging hygiene! Anytime is a great time to back up your blog files and planning to make it a regular habit.
Why You Should Save Your Blog
One simple, yet critical, reason: if you have a backup of your blog, it’s much easier to get back to blogging business in case of a calamity.
Blogs can get hacked, templates can get mangled, ISP servers can go offline… stuff happens. Having a backup takes a lot of the pain out of the recovery process when things go south.
You may never experience one of those blog-disrupting events. I hope you don’t, they’re no fun. But, it’s better to have something you don’t need than need something you don’t have. Remember this one? “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of pain.” Oh and how about the old classic “Better safe than sorry”.
Plus it’s so easy to back up, you really have no excuse not to!
When you save your Blogger blog, you’ll want to backup both your theme and your content (posts, pages, widgets) so that you’re extra covered in the even something goes horribly wrong with your blog.
It’s also a great idea to backup everything before you change to a new theme, add any new code to your site, customize your site in any way or just ’cause you feel like it.
Where to Store Your Backup Files
Let’s talk about where you’re going to put those backup files before we talk about how to get them. If you have your storage plan in place before you download the files, you’re more likely to stick to it.
Of course, you should keep one copy of your backup files locally on your computer. But, you should also keep another copy somewhere safe. A spare will save your blog if your backup files are corrupted or accidentally deleted (or if your computer meets an untimely end).
Here are three places you can stash your backup files “in the cloud”, so you can be sure that your files will live on — even if you upend an entire latte onto your laptop.
- Dropbox: Dropbox is an excellent cloud service. I find the interface intuitive and I love the desktop & mobile apps. Dropbox starts you out with 2GB of free space. But make sure you are keeping everything you need in just one Dropbox account. Switching a device from one Dropbox to another turns out to be a bit of a complicated process.
- Google Drive: Formerly known as Google Docs. If you’ve got a Google account, you already have a Drive account with 5GB of free storage space.
- Amazon Cloud Drive: An Amazon Cloud Drive account also comes with 5GB of free storage space. If you need extra space, a paid Cloud Drive account costs less than Dropbox or Google Drive’s expanded storage options.
How to Save Your Blogger Blog Content
On Blogger, your site consists of 2 pieces that work together to create your site.
Your blog content is your posts, pages, widgets, etc. These are the parts of your blog that will remain the same no matter how many times you change your theme. Your content may look a bit different (colors, fonts, etc.) when you change themes, but the content itself doesn’t.
Your blog theme or blog template is the CSS and HTML component that makes your blog look the way it does: layout, fonts, colors, etc.
It’s important to backup both these pieces of your blog.
To Backup Your Content
- Login to your Blogger Dashboard.
- Go to the Settings > Other page.
- Under the Import & backup section at the top, click the Backup Content button.
- The Backup Content popup box will appear.
- Click the Save to our computer button.
- Your computer’s Save box will open. Note the name of the file you’re about to download so it’s easier to find.
- Choose the option to Save the file.
- Your file will now be in your computer’s Downloads folder or whatever folder you assigned it to.
Don’t forget to stash a copy in your online backup location!
To Backup Your Theme/Template
- Login to your Blogger Dashboard.
- Go to the Theme page.
- At the top right, click the Backup/Restore button.
- The Backup/Restore popup box will appear.
- Click the Download theme button.
- Your computer’s Save dialog box will open. Note the name of the file to be saved to make it easier to find.
- Chose the option to Save your file.
- Your file will now be in your computer’s Downloads folder or whatever folder you have designated for saving.
Make sure to backup a copy to your online storage location!
And that’s it! You’re Saved!
Not so tough, right?
Now that you’ve done it, schedule your next backup session. A good rule of thumb is to back up everything every three months, and back up your template separately anytime you make a template change.