There’s a lot of reasons to back up your blog. Some day you may want to move those posts to another hosting site, or you could lose it all in a disaster scenario. You could accidentally delete that content yourself or hackers could hijack the site and replace your content with theirs. Worse still, a natural disaster could lay waste to all your hard work.
Regularly backing up your blog content will ensure everything, from the written content to photos and videos, can be replaced if the information is lost. Keep in mind there are services that may be able to help you post-disaster even if you don’t have a backup file. Companies that offer secure data recovery provide expert recovery services including database recovery. These recovery services are more effective if you have backup files, so the following outlines exactly what you need to do to back up your WordPress or Blogger blogs.
How to Back Up Your WordPress Site
There are a couple ways you can back up your WordPress site. You can back up your database via cPanel or FTP. Both methods are easy, but the easiest way is via cPanel. If you don’t know, cPanel is typically the first page you see after logging into your host.
Click File Manager, and then locate your WordPress directory. You’ll need to compress the file before you can download it. Your WordPress directory makes this very easy. Simply right-click on the folder and choose Compress from the drop down menu. You’ll have a few compression options, and can choose the method you use most frequently (most people choose ZIP). Finally, click on the archive you created, choose download, and then save the file in a secure location. (Save it in two separate locations to be even more secure, such as a backup hard drive and your Dropbox account.)
If you don’t already have an FTP account, you’ll need to one in cPanel. Once you have that, you can use a program like FileZilla to locate your WordPress directory and download all its contents.
How to Back Up Your Blogger Site
Google makes backing up your blog super easy, but it’s done in three parts. You’ll need to back up your blog, then save a copy of its template, and finally import posts and comments. Once you’ve done these things, you can import it to another blog or simply save the backup. If you decide to delete your blogger site but change your mind later, Google allows you to restore deleted blogs.
Back up Instructions:
In the left-hand menu, you’ll see Settings>Other. Click this, and navigate to Import & back up. Finally, click Back up Content > Save to your computer. Don’t forget to make copies of this file, and save them in at least two places.
Back up Template Instructions:
After logging in, select the blog whose template you want to save. In the left-hand menu, you should see Template with a picture of a paint roller. Click that, then click Backup/Restore. Download the full template, and save it in at least two places. You can now use this template on other blogs, or save it while you try out alternate templates.
Import Posts and Comments Instructions:
After signing in, select the blog you want to work with. From the menu on the left, select Settings>Other. Click the Import & back up section, then Import Content. From there, you can upload the .xml file containing your posts and comments. Once it’s fully uploaded, and this can take a minute so be patient, click publish and the posts and comments will go live.
Remember hacking is a big threat to your blog. Although having up-to-date backup files can ensure information isn’t lost, the best method is to protect yourself. Install security plugins and make sure to use a unique username and password. If you are proactive, you may never need to use those back up files; however, you should still regularly back up just in case.