I receive many questions asking how to preserve blogs. It’s a good idea to back up your work no matter what you’re doing. If you’ve ever lost work because you didn’t save (even if it was just in a word processing program), you know how painful it can be to lose your stuff. Computers and servers crash. Not as much as they used to, but there is the occasional loss of work even now.
Today I’ll tell you how to back up your files from Blogger, TypePad, and WordPress.com so you can either save them to your computer, move them to another blogging platform, or make them into a book. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about two companies that will help you make your blog into a book so you’ll have a keepsake forever.
Blogger doesn’t have a backup program, but you can log in to your account and create a file that contains all of your blog posts. Blogger provides instructions for making this backup file. Before you start, make a copy of your template and save it to your computer so you can restore it later (the Blogger instructions remind you of this, but I thought it was worth mentioning here too).
TypePad has an article on why you should backup your content. TypePad also has an export tool so you can create a text file of your blog content. This file will include posts, comments, and trackbacks. Those using Basic Templates will not be able to backup your template; users with Advanced Templates can copy and paste your template into a new text file and save it.
WordPress.com is pretty easy. Click on Manage > Export.
WordPress blogs should use the WordPress Database Backup plugin.
Additional help for backing up your blog: