Blogging Basics-Backing up your blog on Blogger
You started it months ago… You worked on it day in and day out… You gave in the best you could, to make it awesome, and then, one fine day, you find that your blog has disappeared, or worst, you no longer have access to it, someone has somehow managed to get into your account and has since shut you out of your own blog, the blog which you had worked on for so long has now lost. Luckily, the makers of most of these blogging platforms did anticipate one of these possibilities sooner or later while building the platforms or while giving these blogging platforms, more bells and whistles. They added the ability for the blog owner to take backup copies of the entire blogs, as well as the blog templates.
It is not just this fear of losing your blog that should make you seek backups of your blog or the blog’s templates. As for the template, it is suggested that you should take backup of the blog template whenever you make any changes to your blog’s template. This is to ensure that you have something to go back to in the eventuality of something going wrong with the change you tried making to the template. Besides, when it comes to anything related to computers and the very hardware that enables us to use the computing prowess and reach out to the world.
This time, we decided to take you through a stroll through this tiny but extremely useful tool built into blogger, which lets you take backups of entire blogs, and also lets you restore these backups to get back what you saved. This nifty feature can be a real saviour for your blog, something that you have worked upon for long. Taking a backup of your blog is very easy, given that where find this small feature within the blogger dashboard of yours. As important a feature this is, amazingly, the blogger team decided to put this small feature at a place most bloggers might not have ventured too much to know what all features exist there. So we decided that we should help you find this small but important feature Blogger has, that can save the day for you.
To take a backup of your blog, just log into your blogger account, navigate down to Settings and then Other. Once you are in this page, just at the top of it, you get to see three links namely – Import blog – Export blog – Delete blog. While the first two are not that harmless, the third one, if clicked carelessly is quite harmful as it can delete your blog, though, not without a confirmation from you, and also there’s a 30 day grace period within which you can bring back your deleted blog, but, this certainly has ill effects. Anyways, we will be back to what we were going to take a stroll through, for now.
Once you click the link – Export blog, you see a popup that gives you a button to download the backup of the blog. Apart from this, this popup also explains what can this small button to Download Blog be used for. Further, it also clarifies that exporting the blog won’t delete it, and it will still remain where it is, further allowing you to keep backup copies of your blog, with you, in your personal hard disk drive.
Once you click the button to Download Blog, you get an .xml file by a name like blog-mm-dd-yyyy.xml (with mm-dd-yyyy replaced with the date on which you download the backup). This xml file can be used to make up a backup of your blog, right on Blogger, the platform you created this xml file on, or other blogging platforms like WordPress to make a backup of your blog, in case you decided to migrate from Blogger to WordPress.
So now, you know how to take the backu of your blog. We must not need to tell you how to keep this backup of your blog safe. What we can suggest you though, is that you should often take this backup of your blog for safekeeping, for one never knows when the calamity strikes.