Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How to Back Up Your Blogger Blog- Don't Let Blogger Eat it!

You got a scare Thursday and Friday of last week. You were worried that blogger chomped your posts and comments for good. (And some us did get our posts and comments permanently deleted!) This blogger scare shows that it's a good idea to back up your blog every day just in case. This post will show you how to do just that! Don't worry, it's really easy.

1. Go to the Settings Tab and under Basic Settings the first options include Export blog. Click Export blog.

2. You'll end up at this screen. Click Download Blog.

3. This window will pop up. I chose to open my file with notepad, but you can open it with whatever program you desire. You can also simply save it somewhere safe on your PC from here. click "OK".

4. This is what your blog will look like in notepad. When you import this file, it will import your blog posts exactly as they were. The formatting will be the same, the pictures will be there, even your comments are saved. (Yay!)

5. You need to back up your layout, too. Go to design, then go to Edit HTML. Click "Download Full Template" to download the whole thing. Click "Upload" when you need to upload if you have to upload the layout again.

6. Importing your whole blog will be just as easy, just go to Import blog under basic settings. 

Now go forth, and save a copy of your blog to your computer. Store it on a back up drive or two. If you could print it and put it your fireproof safe, then put that safe inside another safe and protect both safes with an impenetrable magic forcefield I'd recommend that, too. But for now, this the safest way to back up your blogger blog that I know of.

Any other blogging tips to share? Questions? Share them in the comments!
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  1. Thanks Van, I had no idea about how to do this. Luckily I'd copied the post I was in the process of writing into Word, so still had that, but Blogger did eat most of the entries to my giveaway I'd had so far!

  2. thank you v much Van. Will def do this.
    I love lamp in pic btw.

  3. Van - Fantastic & helpful posting! I was kicking myself on Friday, wishing I had c/p the HTML codes of my new Blog as backup...but, who would had known.

    I had to go in to recreate my new blog (mybooth96.blogspot) all over again after I spent many hours on Wednesday creating it, but luckily it didn't take too long.

    Thanks again for the visual postings - I'm going to start doing this moving forward. :)


  4. Thanks for this, great news thats all can be saved :o) Scarlett x

  5. Wow, Van, I didn't even realize that could be done. Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. I remembered I subscribed to Thrift Core with Google reader and copy + pasted my deleted post from there to recover it.

    We should all make a pedantic habit of saving our entire blog every time we make changes. It's quick and easy and could save a lot of grief in the long run!

  7. Thanks Van! I picked a good week to take a vacation. I missed the excitement and thankfully wasn't affected. It's good to know how to back up regardless.

  8. REALLY good info. to have! Thank you and PS your octopus for viewing pleasure almost made me choke on my coffee. Oh and how do you get your blog to show up just as a thrift core URL?

  9. Timely and important info. One question, do we have to get our own octopus to complete the process? I have a squid with a pet sock monkey, will that do?

  10. Dhamma: Glad the Octopus made you laugh, I need to make some thrifting comics soon!

    I don't remember step-by-step how I set it up. I bought the domain through Godaddy.com and asked them to walk me step-by-step through the process of setting it up on Blogger. Godaddy has great customer service!

  11. Due to a dead computer, I missed out on the broken blogger mess last week, fortunately. This is a really great post - thank for sharing!

  12. thanks for the octopus! lol you're cracking me up. i heard about blogger doing weird things (a whole bunch of tweets about it)... i use wp but same diff... i backup daily and have it emailed to me. but still the thought of losing your blog is not a good one. i like how you gave this little tute.

  13. oooh, thanks so much for that! Simple when you know how - LOL! I had been copying and pasting every entry - this is SO much easier!

  14. This is SOOOO good. Thank you so much. I will be doing this right away.

  15. Hello,
    I have been meaning to thank you for this post. It is VERY thoughtful and helpful. May your day be bright.

  16. Nice post, Is it true there will be a major change in blogger? Like blogger will be transferred to google plus or something, I just heard this from a friend.

    I have been trying to back up my blogs in blogger since then, and planning to migrate it to a hosted site with wordpress.

  17. Thank you so much for posting this..

  18. Thank you for this important info! Well explained.

  19. Hi,
    Question: When I hit "Download Blog" it goes to a page of my blog feed with a blue bar on top and it says:
    feed://www.blogger.com/feeds/66199797717031/archive in the search window.

    Why do I not get a "save as" window?

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks for your help.

  20. It is time for me to do a back up, thank you for the reminder and the refresher.You made it so simple to do and I love what I have created!
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