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How to Back Up Your WordPress or Blogger Blog

I’ve been blogging for a long time and I’ve written over 700 posts and have about 170 sitting in my drafts folder. That’s a lot of typing and letters. If something was to happen and my site crashed and I lost all of these, I would basically quit writing. I’d just take up the craft of rocking back and forth on my living room floor in a catatonic space for the rest of my life. Or I’ll learn to farm or something.

Well, first I’d jump off the closest first floor balcony unto soft grass and roll around for hours lamenting my life. And then I’ll take up the rocking. It’d be ugly. In fact, this would be me:

Roll on floor gif

YUP.

Anywho, I’m not trying to have that be my life story. How I guarantee that it won’t happen is by making sure I backup my blog. And if you blog, you need to do the same. Just like it’s important to back up your computer’s contents, you should have your online writing safeguarded. Because stuff happens.

But you should back up your blog at least once a week. Daily is recommended (if you update it daily) so you can always have the latest, greatest copy of your site.

So, I wanted to take you through how you back up your website/blog, no matter if you’re on WordPress or Blogspot (aka Blogger).

Backup WordPress blog

Before you start the back up process, get organized and create a folder on your computer that’s the name of your site. Then in that folder, create another folder and name it the date of the back up. You want to do this so over time, if you ever need a specific day’s files, you just go to the corresponding folder. Just a tip.

Read the Rest of How to Backup Your WordPress or Blogger Blog on Awesomely Techie.

Check out a couple of my other “Blogging” posts that may be of help to you:

* Blogging 101: So You Think You Wanna Blog
* How to Protect Your Blog Content: Know Your Rights

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34 Comments

  1. September 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm — Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing this…off to do it now :).

    • September 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm — Reply

      Awesome!

  2. September 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm — Reply

    Thanks for this. I so need to do it.

  3. Sou11stress
    September 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm — Reply

    Thank you, Fairy Blog Mother. Thank You.

  4. September 18, 2012 at 4:32 am — Reply

    thank you! I have a blog with over 530 posts, I’ve never done a backup……so yea I’m going to do one right now. thank you again!

  5. September 18, 2012 at 6:42 am — Reply

    Thank you SO much for this post. It had never dawned on me to actually backup my blogging work… better yet, I need to put it on a usb drive just in case my computer kicks rocks lol

  6. September 18, 2012 at 7:49 am — Reply

    I can not explain the epic devastation that would be my life if I lost my blog posts, my art of rocking back and forth would be done in the fetal position. *sprints over to back up my site*

  7. Ayanna Harris
    September 18, 2012 at 8:07 am — Reply

    Thank you very much for this! I’ve just recently been introduced to your site and love it. I noticed you hosted a Social Media workshop this summer. Do you have plans to host another before the end of the year?

  8. […] How to Back Up Your WordPress or Blogger Blog – You should back up your blog at least once a week. Daily is recommended (if you update it daily) so you can always have the latest, greatest copy of your site. […]

  9. Lindsey
    October 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm — Reply

    Okay so I am slow to technology, but what do I do once I get the XML file and I want to open the file. I have a family blog on blogger and I want to eventually print it all out in a book.

    • November 5, 2012 at 3:29 am — Reply

      When you open the XML file, it’ll look like gibberish so that won’t be what you need to turn it into a book manually. However, you can import that XML file here: http://www.blogbooker.com/. This will spit out a PDF and voila! :-D

  10. December 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    Thank you! I’m making the switch to WordPress and this was very helpful. :)

  11. January 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm — Reply

    Wow, I cannot say thank you enough for writing such a clear step-by-step on how to back-up a wordpress.org blog. I am a total novice but even I could follow your directions and get started! Didn’t even know I needed to do a back-up until advised from plug-in. I learn something new every day! Happy New Year!

  12. January 5, 2013 at 10:43 am — Reply

    Thank you so very much for this info!

  13. January 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm — Reply

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  14. January 12, 2013 at 9:22 am — Reply

    You’re my hero this morning!!! Thank you!!

  15. March 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    Are you quite sure about this? Looking at the downloaded code, it looks like just that day’s blog is backed up using your technique. Is there another step at the beginning at which you are at some early posting or archive file before you start the backup as you describe? Just wondering. Take a look at the file you create with a text editor, and you’ll see what i mean.

  16. thanks :)
    April 24, 2013 at 12:50 am — Reply

    great advice– thank you! Easy to follow directions. I appreciate it.

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  19. August 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm — Reply

    You are a lifesaver! I’m been talking and thinking, and then talking some more about backing up my WordPress blog. I don’t have as much content as you do, but I’m pretty sure I would be in the same position as you if anything happened to my blog – rocking back and forth or rolling around on the floor. I seriously didn’t know it was that easy. I guess I’m oblivious. Thanks so much! :)

  20. September 30, 2013 at 11:33 am — Reply

    THANK YOU! I am a new blogger and this was by far the best, and easiest, step by step answer that I found. Just think if we all work together how awesome the world would be. Thank you for your help!

  21. October 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    Very energetic blog, I liked that a lot. Will there be
    a part 2?

    Feel free to surf to my blog; Tia

  22. October 30, 2013 at 9:04 am — Reply

    Thanks for the funny, super easy how-to!

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  24. March 3, 2014 at 3:24 pm — Reply

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  25. March 26, 2014 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    God bless you! Your instructions were clear and easy to follow.

  26. July 3, 2014 at 9:20 am — Reply

    Yes but…
    You don’t actually explain how to do the backup. Also you dont explain how to backup the database. All you do is explain how to make some folders on your computer. Can you elaborate please?
    Thanks
    Migs

  27. August 2, 2014 at 12:39 am — Reply

    i know how to take back up but can i upload wordpress back up to blogger?

    let me know

  28. August 2, 2014 at 12:41 am — Reply

    HI

    i was trying to take back up of one of my site http://www.friendshipday-sms.com done but when i uploading images are mostly images are down why?

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