What would you do if you woke up tomorrow morning and your blog was gone?
Unfortunately, this tragedy has happened to several people recently. They have gone from building successful blogs and businesses, to having to start all over from scratch — with nothing.
Whether you are a personal blogger, just putting out pictures of your kids to show your family, or a business blogger, doing product reviews and giveaways, you need to have a plan in place to be able to restore your blog in the event that your hosting solution experiences the unexpected. Backing up your blog should be done either daily, weekly, or monthly depending on how often you post and how much data you could afford to lose. If you are a blog that posts 5-6 articles daily, you need to backup daily, but if you post only a few times a week, weekly might be a better option for you.
Many people have a host that will take care of the backup for you. I personally think that you should still keep a copy of your site close to you anyway. I know people who have lost their blogs recently that have also lost the ability to access their backups due to not being able to reach their hosting company to find out where their backups are being held. Always hold your information close to you.
WordPress has many options available for backing up your blog. Please read the following article, “How To Backup Your WordPress Blog In Three Easy Steps” by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger. This option was very easy and I found myself being able to do the installation in approximately 5 minutes. With this plug-in, you can send a backup of your blog to your desktop or even to your email address and can easily schedule it to automatically run.
If you are operating a blog that is hosted on the Blogger platform, please read the following article: “How To Back Up Your Blogger Blog” from the SITS website. Additionally, if you use Tumblr, please check out this article: “How To Back Up Your Tumblr Blog” from Mashable. If you use a different blogging platform than I have listed here, check with your website company to make sure that you know how to properly backup your blog. Most of the website gurus out there that I know would be more than happy to receive a question like this from their customers because it means that you are invested in protecting your website and continuing your business.
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