Today I want to talk about the simple but crucial process of backing up your WordPress blog. This is a step that, up until recently, I was often skipping. I imagine that many bloggers are not taking the steps to back up their blog either, because, I mean – what’s the point?
Considering most bloggers treat their blogs like it’s a living, breathing internet baby, you better believe that backing up your blog is important. Just picture this. Months, possibly years of blogging, all for your readers to bask in & for you to take pride in. And POOF. One hacker, one bad domain, or one WordPress error – and IT’S ALL GONE!
Sure, you could try to piece some things back together, but do you have a copy of every single post? And even if you did, would you put it back on your blog, one by one?
You get where I’m going with this?
No, I don’t know anyone who has lost their entire blog before. But I’d like to keep it that way! Back up your blog, people.
1. Click on “Tools” in the side bar of your WordPress dashboard, and then “Export” (submenu of Tools).
2. Click “Download Export File.” There are choices to only download certain parts of your blog. I always leave it on “all content.”
3. The file will download to your computer. The name of the file will be in the format of “yourblogtitle.wordpress.date.xml.”
Simple, right? I would recommend backing up once a week, or if you are
really lazy not that concerned, at least once a month. You can delete previous backups and keep only the most current or the last few files.
IF you ever lost your whole blog or had to create a new WordPress account, you could upload one of these XML files by going to “Tools” –> “Import” –> select the “WordPress importer” and follow the instructions from there.
Besides just backing up the content that WordPress collects, I also like to back up all my blog pictures for my own purposes. I typically do a backup of all my files including blog pics/articles once a month.
Questions for You:
- Are you in the habit of backing up your blog? Does preserving the hobby you put a lot of time into motivate you to back it up or not?
- What other blog tips would you like to see in the future?
This article only pertains to WordPress blogs. I do not have experience with backing up other platforms, so I cannot answer questions about other platform backups.