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Hi Lauren, I think the risk for losing your blog that’s hosted on wordpress.com is relatively low; still, if you did want to back up your posts (just in case), you can go to Tools > Export to export a WXR file of your blog. That would just contain your posts and pages, and it’s a tiny file, so you could just keep it on your computer in the event that you ever needed it.Reply
Great to know! Thanks, Jeni.Reply
Thanks for the reminder to all, Jeni.
Backup Buddy looks interesting, but it is costly, so it might be good to offer a free, powerful alternative.
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Thanks again. 🙂Reply
Thanks for the reminder! One of those things that often get forgotten until it’s too late. Off to set that up now.Reply
I have SO BEEN HERE.
It’s been on my mind a lot lately, not having backed up in a while. My blog has been going for over 7 years and my ISP / host does do weekly backups but like your client, you lose all those hours of work in between. It happened to me last year and it was a blinking nightmare.
Love the idea of Backup Buddy… will have to check it out. Thanks for the tip. I really enjoy all your articles.
Jeni! Thank you for the reminder. This was just what I needed to do.
I also think your blog design is great. Visually cluttered websites drive me nuts!
Great reminder! I haven’t ever backed mine up, but I did right now! Thanks!Reply
Thank you for this post. It hadn’t even occurred to me to back up my blog. I am, however, on Blogger (I know, you probably think I should switch to WordPress). Are there any backups for Blogger blogs that are reliable and affordable? I’d appreciate any recommendations!
Thanks a bunch,
Hi Amy, folks on Blogger can do a manual export of their content by going to Settings > Other > Blog Tools (Export Blog). And if you don’t already have a backup copy of your template, you can go to Template > Backup/Restore (at the top right). Unfortunately, there’s no way to automate this with Blogger, but you can do it manually from time to time and should be covered. 🙂 Hope this helps!Reply
I used BackWPup for some time and it was pretty good.
Then the plugin was updated and a premium version introduced – the pluin site is now full of complaints about the updated plugin so I’ve stopped using it.
BackupBuddy seems to be the premium plugin that gets lots of recommendations.
Of course you can always backup site files via ftp and database via Cpanel PHPMyAdmin.
I’ve had mixed experiences with Backup Buddy, too. I use PHPMyAdmin when I’m migrating sites, but for your basic blogger, I find it’s easiest for them just to use SiteGround for their hosting because the base package includes automatic daily backups. If anything goes wrong with your site, you just call them and ask them to restore it to an earlier backup. It’s definitely what I tell all my retiree-bloggers to do. 🙂Reply
“$12/year fee for their “site backup pro” service” sounds brilliant.
I sent my host the technical details that BackupBuddy specify as their requirement and my host wasn’t very keen on one of the requirements so I never went with the plugin.
I actually backup my own sites manually and most of my client sites are business sites without blogs so they don’t change much.
Truth to tell I’m still looking for the perfect backup solution!Reply
Hi.. I stumbled on your site through Pinterest as I was looking for ways to get our craft projects to the public and sell them. You have some really good ideas that may be a bit over my head. I want to be able to attach the Pinterest tag to the items we have in our Etsy shop. Is that possible? How do you make money at blogging? Do you sell anything? Oh, I guess you do website set up for others for your living. But what about people that want to move from a hobby to making a living? I also want to resale items as I love being a picker at resale and auctions. How do I move to that next step?Reply
Hi Cheryl, thanks for your note! As far as I know, it’s not possible to embed the Pinterest button directly on Etsy yet; if Etsy does decide to support this, it’s something you wouldn’t have to do…they’d take care of it on their end.
You have a lot of great questions for someone thinking about online business in general. I’d like to recommend Amy Andrews’ site Blogging with Amy – she has tons of really useful information and covers topics from “What is a blog?” all the way to how to make money blogging. Amy is a tremendous resource for people who are just getting started, and her advice is great for people who have been blogging for awhile, as well. Hope this helps! Warmly, JeniReply
Thanks for sharing wisdom 🙂 I think the importance of backups is highly felt after you lose your data, files. Before that we all have that habit of taking it for granted and are rather reluctant in giving few moment for securing backup. Probably, the wisdom comes after loss!!Reply
I heard once there are two kinds of people: those who have lost everything on their computer…and those who will. It happened to me back in college and was devastating. I now make back ups of everything on my computer regularly with time machine…but I’ve been curious about how to back up my blog – – until now! Thank you for this helpful post. Currently, I’m on a free wordpress blog (a wordpress.com blog), so is there much risk for me losing my blog now or should return to this page once I’m self-hosted?Reply