This week I am reposting some popular Blogkeeping posts to help you prepare your blog for 2013. This post first appeared on July 28, 2012 and has updated with new information.
Can I tell you a secret? I forget to back up my blog. You probably do too, but the difference between me and you is that I’m constantly telling others to do it (and I feel a little ridiculous considering how easy it is!). So let’s take a few minutes this weekend and back up our blogs, shall we?
- Install the BackUpWordpress plugin (it’s free!).
- Create a backup schedule under Tools > Backups. You can create multiple schedules — I recommend running a daily backup of your database (where your posts, comments, settings, etc are stored) and a weekly backup of your database and files (this will actually create a backup of everything on your server, not just your WordPress installation. Handy!).
- That’s it! Backups will run automatically and be stored on your server. I would also recommend occasionally downloading your full backups to your computer, just in case something happens with your server. You can set an email notification if you forget to check.
- To back up your posts, go to Settings > Other, and click on Export Blog.
- To back up your design, go to Template, and click on the Backup/Restore button in the upper right corner.
Not on Blogger or self-hosted WordPress? Check out Code it Pretty’s post on backing up your blog.