Monday, September 1, 2008

Backing Up Your Blog

Since today is Data Backup Day (as is every 1st of the month), and we've seen several Genea-Bloggers suffer with outright removal of their blogs or having their blogs blocked, it is time we discuss some ways to backup your blog.

Backup As You Post

While this is not an ideal way to backup and entire blog, this can be helpful to backup the content of your posts. Simply, compose your posts in Microsoft Word or in a text file, and then save them to your computer. It might be helpful for you to place the date at the top of the file so you know the date upon which you posted the text.

Backup Your Blog Template

This is an area that is often neglected when backing up a blog. Imagine if you had customized your template text size, colors, placement of gadgets, etc. and those were lost. Here is how to backup your template using Blogger:

1. Click Dashboard and then select the Layout tab.

2. Next, click the Edit HTML tab.

3. Finally, click Download Full Template. A file save dialog will appear asking you to Open or Save the template in XML format. Click Save, select a location and then click Save.

Backup Your Blog Posts and Comments

Here are the steps needed to backup your Blogger blog to a Wordpress account.

1. Go to WordPress and create an account if you don't already have one.

2. Once your account is created and confirmed, login and then click Register Blog or Register Another Blog if you already have a WordPress blog.

3. Enter the Blog Domain name and the Blog Title. Also, in the Privacy field, uncheck the box labeled "I would like my blog to appear in search engines . . ." This is important since you don't want search engines picking up both your current blog and the backup. If your blog does go down, you can always return to this setting and activate it so that your backup blog appears in search engines.

4. Once the blog is created, a confirmation screen will appear. (Note: the image below shows "destinationaustinfamily2" because I deleted my original backup in order to write this blog post on the step-by-step process. Oh the things I do for readers!)

5. Your blog should now appear in the Your blogs section of the Home page.

6. Under My Dashboards at the top, select your blog. The Dashboard will appear.

7. Click Manage. Locate Import at the top right.

8. Click Import. You will be presented with a series of options as to the blog type to be imported from.

9. Click Blogger. The Import Blogger screen appears. You will need to authorize WordPress to access your Blogger posts via your Google account. Click Authorize.

10. The Google Accounts Access Request screen appears. Click Grant Access.

11. Once authorized, a list of your Blogger blogs appears. Click Import for the blog you want to backup.

12. The import process may take quite some time to backup all posts and comments. Once the process is completed, the Import button will change to the Set Authors button. Click Set Authors.

13. Your name should appear in the WordPress login field. Click Save Changes.

14. A list of all your posts and comments will now appear in the Manage tab.


Kathryn Doyle said...


Thanks very much for this excellent (and timely!) guide.

Lisa said...

Great step by step how-to guide! Thanks for the clear and detailed suggestions.

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Thomas MacEntee said...

Thanks everyone for the comments - I guess my days as a technical writing pay off for the genea-blogging community.

Midge Frazel said...

I never thought about backing up a blog to another blog. Guess I'd better do this!