5 ways How to back up a Blogger blog

Backing up your blog contents is very very important. Why? Because your Blogger/blogspot blog can be running smoothly today and yet it also can all of a sudden disappear, without warning. It happened before and will happen again in the future. Playing by the rules doesn’t make you immune either because mistakes do happen.

So be prepared, and if you haven’t yet backed up your blog, then do it now.

Below are 5 ways to backup you Blogger blog:


1. Using blog feeds

First of all you need to ensure the feed contains complete post contents (including images). Go to Dashboard > Settings > Other > Site Feed, and select FULL in the "Allow Blog Feed" dropdown menu.

  • Posts
    Go to this URL and save page as "Webpage, Complete" in your PC:
    http://YOURBLOGNAME.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?max-results=500
  • Comments
    Go to this URL and save page as "Webpage, Complete" in your PC:
    http://YOURBLOGNAME.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default?max-results=200

A posts feed retrieves only up to 500 posts and a comments feed up to 200 comments. If your blog has more posts or comments, you need to get more than one feed. Add a start-index query in the URL to specify the starting point of each subsequent feeds, like this:

http://YOURBLOGNAME.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?start-index=501&max-results=500
The same applies to comments feed.

If you redirect your blog feed, then append &redirect=false at the end of the URL.


2. Using export feature

  • Posts and comments
    Go to Dashboard > Settings > Other > Blog Tools  and click "Export Blog". The blog posts and comments (in XML file) will be downloaded to your PC.
  • (To import it, go to the same page: Dashboard > Settings > Other > Blog Tools, then click "Import Blog".)


3. Using Email feature

Using this method lets Blogger send you an email every time a post or comment is published on your blog.

  • Posts
    Go to Dashboard > Settings > Basics > Mobile and Email > Email Posts To and enter your email address in the textbox.
  • Comments
    Go to Dashboard > Settings > Mobile and Email > Comment Notification Email and enter your email address in the textbox .


4. Using Windows Live Writer

If you use Window Live Writer as your post editor, a copy of your post is kept in your PC.

  • Posts -You can find the posts in My Documents\My Weblog Posts\Recent Posts.
  • Comments -Not available.


5. Using Httrack

HTTrack downloads all files into your PC and creates a mirror copy of your blog offline. You can browse the blog as if you were online, posts, comments and all.

HTTrack is available for Windows and Linux. Download it here. Once downloaded use this this instructions to install it in your PC.

Enjoy!

12 comments to "5 ways How to back up a Blogger blog"

~dolly~ August 30, 2009 at 5:10 PM    

thanks for sharing!
blogspot really will delete our blog? >.<

Greenlava August 30, 2009 at 8:29 PM    

You're welcome ~dolly~,
Better safe than sorry....

VijayKumar Yadavalli February 3, 2010 at 2:18 AM    

I liked all your posts.

Darlene Servolini April 25, 2010 at 1:52 PM    

I did not know any of this! I've heard horror stories of blogs being deleted without a warning, now I feel Ok that I have at least a backup. :) Thanks so much!

Greenlava April 25, 2010 at 5:11 PM    

@Darlene Servolini
Backup is a must, don't forget that.

e-kath December 7, 2010 at 1:56 AM    

Greenlava, thank you.

Two questions.

Using step 1, Using Feed, my results list contained 500 posts and 200 comments, rather than all of them. Is ther a way to retrieve all of them?

What is the procedure to use the results to restore the blog or create a new blog with the results?

Thanks for your consideration and time, e-kath

Added question. Does this in fact store images in the post.

Greenlava December 7, 2010 at 4:06 PM    

@e-kath
To retrieve the next feed of 500 posts use "start-index" query, like this:
http://yourblogname.com/posts/comments/summary?start-index=501&max-results=500

the same applies to comments feed.

Thanks for bringing this up, I'm updating the post now.

Liliana December 8, 2010 at 5:56 AM    

For me EXPORT seems easiest. Is that enough? Thanks

Greenlava December 8, 2010 at 10:07 PM    

@Liliana
I think so.

Liliana December 9, 2010 at 2:53 AM    

Great,thanks.

AATON January 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM    

May I suggest another way to Back Up your Blogs?
It's the Blogger Back Up Utility.
It's FREE, and you can Back Up your Blogger Blog on your PC. The good news is, you can restore your Blog at any time back. Try it, I'm very satisfied from this program.

Thank you, so glad that I found this blog ☺

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