How do I back up my blog template?

It’s especially important to back up your template before you export your content
or make changes to your design because once you make a change and save
it, there’s no going back (unless you know exactly what you did and can
undo it).

Blogger

  1. Log in to your account and click Layout.
  2. On the Template tab, click Edit HTML.
  3. Highlight and copy all of the HTML in the box.
  4. Open your word processing program (e.g., Microsoft Word or Pages) and open a new file or document.
  5. Paste the HTML into your new document.
  6. Save. Remember to make a note of where you saved this information.

TypePad

  1. Log in to your TypePad account and click on Design.
  2. On the Design tab, click Saved Designs.
  3. Click the box next to the design you want to back up (there should be a check in the box after you click it).
  4. Click the button that says Duplicate.

You now have a copy of your design. I would suggest working on the duplicate instead of the one marked Current Design. This will allow you to make changes and preview them before going live.

WordPress.org provides a tutorial for backing up your database.

This article was originally published on January 31, 2008.