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Today’s tip: Backup Your Blog
Category: Maintenance, Social Media, Writing, Problem-solving
Q: I’m paranoid of losing my documents so I back them up to an external drive, a flash drive, and in the cloud. My blog–it’s become an important cog in my PLN. If it blew up, I’d be lost. What do I do about backing it up?
A: If you use WordPress, it’s easy; they provide a native tool for that. Here’s what you do:
- Go to Tools>Export.
- Select the bubble for ‘all’.
- It’ll back document files up as an XML file (you don’t have to understand what that is. Just know it’s the file that will save you if WordPress crashes).
- Save that backup file somewhere safe in case you need it. Preferably where your Cloud automatic backup will grab it (assuming you have one of those. If you use Carbonite, you do).
- Do this once a month–or a week if you’re active.
This will backup posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags. For the entirety of the blog–similar to an image where you can restore the entire website–you’ll need an external service. My WordPress.org blog is hosted by GoDaddy. Part of that service is a backup of the blog. It’s worth it to me to pay a bit extra for that function.
World Backup Day just passed. Mark your calendar for next year, March 31st, and be sure to perform all backups–your blog and everything else–on that day.
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
6 thoughts on “Tech Tip ##113: Backup Your Blog”
I need to read this again to back up my blog, Jacqui.
I just saw that Blogger was glitchy yesterday and people worried that their blogs were lost. Perfect timing for this post!
I just did, Jacqui! I exported all. Probably I only need to export posts without comments next time.
I know how to do it now. Thanks.
How long will you be gone for visiting your sister?
It feels good doesn’t it? I would hate to lose my blog!
I’ll be gone about a week. She is my core. I love seeing her. We talk forever. I don’t know how her husband tolerates it!
I have to learn how to import it again if I need it, but at least I have it.
A friend of mine also talks forever. She only talks, doesn’t listen. She would say, “How’s your trip?” Once I started telling her, she would switch topic and talk about herself. When they come over for dinner, her husband wants to sit with my husband. She asked why they couldn’t sit together. He would say, we sees each other all the time!!
Friends are friends!!
Have a wonderful trip!
Hehee. I think I know her!
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