How to Back Up Your Blogger Blog

By 12-11-2005   Blogging
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Do you know how to back up your Blogger blog? There can be nothing worse than to login to Blogger one day and find you blogger blog gone, corrupted or deleted forever due to any unforseen error. Back up is very important. Here are a few simple ways to keep your Blogger blog safe and backed up….

Back up Blogger Posts

  • Backup Your Posts – Bloggers Blogsend allows each of my blog posts to be automatically sent to my email address. So I have a back up of all my posts as individual emails. You can further create folders in your email account (as in Yahoo Mail) or apply labels (in Gmail), and create filters such that such emails can be collected in one place.
  • Back up your entire blogger blog – Bloggers provides detailed instructions to create a single file with all your posts which you may publish and then copy to your own computer for use as desired. Remember to save a copy of your existing template in a file on your computer as you will need to have it at hand after this process is completed. This is good for a one time backup, but is cumbersome to do if you back up very frequently. Also you might mess up some setting and disbale your blog is not done right.
  • Try third party back up tools – like the HTTrack Web site copier for Windows users and Webgrabber for Mac users. Each of these applications will create a fully working, interlinked local copy of your blog for browsing offline and easily allow you to back up. Remember it will take considerable time and internet bandwidth if you have a huge blog.

Back up Blog Template

  • Back up the template whenever you change it. Just copy and paste the entire template code into any simple text editor like Notepad or Wordpad and save file with name like ‘myblog-date.txt’. After a while you will have a series of such files organized by date. If for some reason your blog goes away, just copy and paste the teplate back into Blogger and republish.
  • If you have lost your template partly or fully – learn how to restore your blog template code and then back it up.

Back Up Blog Comments

  • Blogger has an option to send you an email when someone leaves a comment on your blog. This is located in Setting > Comments option in Blogger. This enables you to collect all your comments as individual emails, much like the blogsend posts emails mentioned above. Then you can file them all together as labels or in a email folder.
  • If you moderate comments, you can get all your comments as emails pending your approval. This email address can again be entered in Setting > Comments. If you do not want to save rejected comments as emails and recieve only published comments – then you can keep the comment moderation email address blank, while filling up the Comment Notification Address.
  • If you use Haloscan Comments instead, then anyway your Blogger comments are off and Haloscan is keeping track of backing up your comments. I am using Blogger comments featured now with comment moderation, word verification captchas to combat comment spam.

Make blog back ups a habit and you will remember this post when it saves your blog on a bad day!

31 comments on “How to Back Up Your Blogger Blog

  1. Nice one, everything you’d need to know about backing up a Blogger blog in one place.

    Very useful indeed. Thanks

    :o)

  2. How about restore?
    How can i restore a backup if “accidentally” delete my blog, or worst, my blog is hacked? (restore on a new blog address).

    Mario

  3. Maverick says:

    In your post,

    Bloggers provides detailed instructions to create a single file with all your posts

    Could you update the link to “detailed instructions” .. It’s important page but missing.

    Thanks,
    Maverick

  4. Tom Jackson says:

    Sound advice indeed. Blogger is notoriously unreliable – especially in the lead up to the new beta version. It seems so cumbersome having to save your posts as a text file, which is what I’ve been doing, so your advice is appreciated.

  5. Scrogs says:

    I heard of this online app that automatically backs up your blogs and its free to use. I guess you can restore from one blog platform to another and it works pretty well. Its called BlogBackupOnline. The site is www.BlogBackupOnline.com. Has anyone tried this?

  6. Michael says:

    Your advice is very much appreciated, thank you for the informative posting

  7. Some very usefull stuff. Thanx.

  8. John Samuel says:

    A very useful tips. Thanks for sharing a wide variety of back up methods!

  9. Rose says:

    A very useful post. Thank you for sharing.

  10. PAblo says:

    PHEW! I’ve been doing my blog for four years now and im so scared that one day it may just BLEEP dissappear. Im backing it all up RIGHT NOW!

  11. Viktoria says:

    There are always winner posts in your blog thanks

  12. Karin says:

    Thanks for sharing your great tips and keep on the good work

  13. Don Long says:

    HELP!

    My blog won’t backup. Blogger’s instructions say to replace the template with their HTML. It won’t let me save the new template. Anybody else having this problem?

    Here’s the error message:

    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please
    make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: The content of elements must consist of well-formed
    character data or markup.

  14. Peter says:

    Great tips, thank you very much

  15. Andi says:

    Always a pleasure to visit your blog, keep up the good work and thank you

  16. top2learn says:

    Great post.I was wondering if there is a way to keep my blog automatically backedup and updated !!

  17. Great and interesting tip. It’s a very helpful resource to all bloggers out there who don’t want to lose their blogs.

    Kudos!

  18. Sharaaz says:

    You could also try blogbackupr.com . I found them easy and simple to use. Peace.

  19. Jonas says:

    Hey try our free blog backup service at http://blogbackupr.com

  20. Sheraz Ahmed says:

    yes you are right but i cant access to my blogbackupr account.
    What should I do?

  21. Mithun Sridharan says:

    Hi all,

    I’ve developed a Java tool that grabs the content of the blog and exports them into various formats, such as Text/PDF/RTF/ HTML. Its written in Java and s cross platform. The windows installer is located at : http://code.google.com/p/backupblog

  22. Yeah i think its a good idea to back up your blog, especially with how vulnerable WP can be. I got hacked a while back and they messed up my blog :/
    -jack

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  24. alap goswami says:

    Yes you can try http://www.gofastle.com also its really good blog copier tool

  25. can i backup my post after delete it ?

  26. Error is really annoying sometimes and it makes unfavorable outcome… Back up is indeed very important in everything. At least we are prepared just in case something unfavorable happens.

  27. Backing Up says:

    Is it possible to do incremental backup of a blog? I’m thinking if you have to backup a lot of blogs with a lot of activity it could be quite storage intensive to take full backups all the time.

  28. Otodeluxe says:

    Thanks for writing such a great post. I will use this method to backup my entire blog lest i regret.

  29. Davide Ganz says:

    Here is a Detailed guide on Continuous Backup of Posts:

    http://howbloggerto.blogspot.com/2011/09/detailed-guide-on-blogger-blog-posts.html

  30. Taimoor says:

    dear thank you, you have explained it very well..

  31. Yeah i think its a good idea to back up your blog,

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