You don't need to be a Boy Scout to always be prepared. There are several things that can happen where you can lose your blog. Server crash, some kind of fatal error to your code caused by a botched theme, accidentally hitting “delete” to the wrong folder. Maybe an update or a theme upload causes your blog to get all wonky, and you need to restore your blog back to before you did anything to it.
Whatever the reason is, having a regular backup to your blog is a smart idea. Actually doing it? Sometimes it's easier said than done. If you're a Tumblr user, there's no “official” way to back up your blog, and if you're a self-hosted WordPress User, there are SO many ways to choose from, picking one can get overwhelming.
How to Back Up a (self-hosted) WordPress Blog
As mentioned before… backing up a WordPress blog only gets complicated in the fact there are so many ways to choose from, you can schedule regular back-ups from you host, OR you can simply just install a plug-in to run your backup. Since many free plug-ins do not get updated, I've had to use several different plugins over the years. Most recently, I downloaded Online Backup for WordPress which offers robust features including 100MB of free storage in a cloud for your blog. I found it to be easy to figure out and configure to my likings, and best of all, it is free.
How to Back Up a Blogger Blog
One of the benefits of Blogger in general, is just how easy it is to set up and get going. The same could be said for backing up your posts and comments. Just go to the “Settings” tab, and click “Export Blog.” To back up your Theme, click the “Backup/Restore” button on your “Theme” tab.
How to Back Up a Tumblr Blog
Tumblr doesn't have a consistent method to back up posts, however, Backup Jammy will create an HTML file of your Tumblr blog by entering in your Tumblr URL in the first field. You can then save your blog by going to your browser's “File” menu, and selecting “Save Page As” and selecting HTML in your “Save As Options.” If you need to save your images, Gettumblrpic is an app that will save your pics onto your computer. It's not ideal, but it's better than nothing.
How do you back up your blog? Do share!
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