When was the last time you backed up your website?

We all back up our computers, either to the “cloud” or to an external hard drive. But what about your blog?

Have you thought about backing up your blog?

What would happen if your blog content vanished? Years of hard work gone in the blink of an eye. How could that happen? WordPress has been around for eons! Ever heard of MySpace? Haven’t? There is a reason.

What would I do should WordPress suddenly vanish into web space?

Cry, eat Bluebell Ice cream and drink Margaritas. Not in any particular order. Then I’d sit down and begin to vent. I mean, write.

Of course, the best thing would be to avoid such a catastrophe.

Here is today’s no excuse, public service announcement, brought to you by Suzanne Bowditch.

Click and read Suzanne’s terrific step-by-step instructions on how to backup your website. Don’t lose that amazing website you’ve slaved over for months.

Backing up your Blog Content by Suzanne Bowditch.

Tell me:

Have you ever backed up your website?

How often do you back up your blog?

Do you think it’s an important or unnecessary part of housekeeping?

Leave me a comment. I love talking to Y’all.

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26 thoughts on “When was the last time you backed up your website?

  1. I have not backed up my blog since returning to WordPress.Com. When I had my own domain, I did it every three months. My question is how big is the file that is downloaded? I do not want to take up too much space whether it be on my hard drive or a cloud.

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    1. That’s a good question Glynis. I’ve not a clue. I use an external hard drive when I back mine up but I didn’t look at the size last time I did it. Also, you could zip it when you back it up. That makes it smaller.

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      1. I decided to take a gander to the Tools section. By clicking on ‘Learn More’ for exporting, I found all sorts of good information, like it downloads as a text file plus other cool things to do. 😉

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  2. That’s fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough. The content IS the main thing. But what about the design of the site? The plugins? The settings? The tweaks you made to the theme you’re using? Etc. If you’re not self-hosted MAYBE WordPress takes care of that. But I am self-hosted so I use UpdraftPlus to back up everything. There are others out there, but it works for me. You can use the WP Vault, your webhost (possibly), etc. But don’t just back up the content. If the whole site is lost, where will you put that content you’ve meticulously saved?

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      1. UpdraftPlus is a plugin for backing up your complete site to your choice of cloud sites, among other places. E.g., Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. Some of those cost an initial fee (like $15). You can choose an update schedule that will run automatically.

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            1. Thanks John. I’ll check it out. Yes, I know we should delete the older ones. The trouble with the WP back was it sent many, many individual files to Dropbox and they were all over the places, not contained, I had no clue which was which so I stopped the backup and only have my hosting service backing up now.


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