How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts & Template! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts & Template!


Hi again!

Between all of the awful customer service calls this week, I was making a few changes to my blog.  Just little tweaks here and there, including the floating social media bar when you scroll down and my header with built-in social media buttons!  Fancy!

Anyways, in between all of the changes, I needed to back up my template.  It always takes me a couple of minutes to remember how to do it, as well as how to back up my blog posts.  While doing it, I decided to take a few screencaps for anyone who wants to know how to do it, plain and simple!




One note about this tutorial, is that it is written for the Blogger platform, because that is what I use.  Sorry Wordpress, tumblr, etc. users!


By the way, there are two parts to this tutorial:

  1. Backing up your blog posts means saving the content that you publish every day.  I try to do this weekly, just in case.
  2. The Template refers to a bunch of items in your blog, including the font choices, widgets, and other customizations you may have made.  If you make a mistake while editing your template HTML, it can be a nightmare to repair.  I usually just save an HTML before making any changes, such as when I added the floating social media bar.

So without further ado, here is Part 1 of backing up your blog!


Backing Up Your Blog Posts

1.  Click on the name of the blog you want to back up to go do the dashboard.

Note:  I will include a red oval that shows where you need to click for each step.


How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts and  Template on Diane's Vintage Zest!
Step 1


2.  On the left sidebar, click Settings.


3.  Under Settings, click Other.

How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts and  Template on Diane's Vintage Zest!
Steps 2 & 3


4. Click Export Blog.

How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts and  Template on Diane's Vintage Zest!
Step 4


5.  Click Download Blog.

How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts and  Template on Diane's Vintage Zest!
Step 5


That's it!  As you can see, my file downloaded perfectly.  Mine is only 12.6 MB, so you won't need tons of space to store your backup files.

How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts and  Template on Diane's Vintage Zest!
Finished!


Backing Up Your Template

1. On the left sidebar, click on Template.

How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts and  Template on Diane's Vintage Zest!
Step 1


2.  Hiding all the way on the top right is the Backup/Restore button.  Click it!

How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts and  Template on Diane's Vintage Zest!
Step 2


3.  A box will open up, and click Download full template.

How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts and  Template on Diane's Vintage Zest!
Step 3


That's it!  As you can see, this file was only 113 KB.  Tiny!

How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts and  Template on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Both of the files downloaded to my desktop, but I move it into a folder with the rest of my backup files.  There is no need to rename them because you can always reorder them by "Date Created" if you want to find the latest one.

How to: Back Up Your Blogger Posts and  Template on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Well, I hope that I helped to save some time clicking around the entire dashboard looking for the back up buttons!  Let me know if this is something you needed to know, or if I am just writing this as a reminder for myself.  :)

How often do you back up your blog posts and template?




25 comments:

  1. I knew how to save my template but not how to save my blog posts. Thanks for this quick tutorial!

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  2. You're welcome! I'm glad you found it helpful! :)

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  3. The saving posts is the first 5 steps under the title "Backing Up Your Blog Posts." It saves everything in the Atom format, so it might just look like gobbledygook. The second part under the title "Backing Up Your Template" does just that! :)

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  4. i usually save my templates only when I update it. I will now try to save both more often. :-)

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  5. Hi Diane, I saw this at Home Stories A to Z link party, I save my template once a month but didn't even think/know I should be doing the same to my posts. Thanks for sharing and showing me exactly how to do it too. Also, I love the social media bar, where did you get it at?

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  6. Thank you for posting this! I have been meaning to do this for the longest time. Now I'll know how! Visiting from Bow Full of Lemons linky party.

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  7. Great! I''m glad you like it. :)

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  8. I think it's a good idea even if you never need to use them, just because you NEVER know what might happen!

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  9. I'll track down the tutorial I found and send it your way soon. Thanks for visiting! :)

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  10. Great! I'm so glad I could help. :)

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  11. I'm too much of a newbie (and scaredy-cat) to move to Wordpress, even though everyone says it's so much better. Now that you've used both, is Blogger like Mac and Wordpress like PC? I've come to the conclusion from reading around that Blogger is easy to use for amateurs, but limited when it comes to more technical stuff, unlike Wordpress.

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  12. So important and helpful. Thanks!

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  13. yes, when your blog grows, you will want to transfer your blog to wordpress. it's better for SEO and has a lot of other functionality.

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  14. Oh My Goodness! I've been backing up my template but not my posts--need to get on that ASAP. Thanks so much for sharing this How-To!!!

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  15. You're welcome! I'm glad I could be of help!

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  16. Thank you, I had done the template before but didn't know about the posts part.

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  17. Hi Diane, thanks for linking up at Anything Goes Monday, today exceptionally hosted on my blog!
    I loved your tutorial, really easy to understand!
    Hugs, dear <3

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  18. Thanks so much for hosting! :)

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  19. I can't thank you enough for this post. I knew about backing up my template, but I had no idea I could back up my blog posts as well.

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  20. You're welcome! I'm really nervous about losing anything really, so I'm glad I could help someone else, just in case. Spread the word! :)

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