Before you start the back up process, get organized and create a folder on your computer that’s the name of your site. Then in that folder, create another folder and name it the date of the export. You want to do this so over time, if you ever need a specific day’s files, you just go to the corresponding folder. Just a tip.
WordPress is the most popular blogging platform amongst people who are doing it seriously and professionally.
Backing up WordPress.com Blog
1. Log into WordPress.com
2. Click “My Blogs” and click “Dashboard” under the name of the blog you want to back up.
3. Look on the left sidebar, you’ll see “Tools.” Hover over it and a drop down appears. Click “Export.”
4. On the page that loads, click “Export.” And voila.
Odds are that you don’t have a custom theme (since most who are on WordPress.com don’t) so you won’t have a need to download your template.
Backing up a self-hosted WordPress blog
Now for the people who have self-hosted blogs on WordPress, the process is pretty much the same for getting your posts and comments, if that is ALL you want. However, there is one difference you’ll notice.
Once you’ve logged into your WordPress dashboard, then you go to “tools” then “export” it’ll show you a page that allows you to choose to export all your content at once (posts AND pages) or you can choose to export posts separately from pages. I do all 3. But as you download each one, rename it so you know which is which.
Now this just grabs your content and nothing else. It doesn’t get plugins or your template, so you have to get these separately, through the control panel of your host server’s site. Or through FTP. You’re probably saying “FT-WUT?” Nevermind. Ignore that.
Also, you need to get your database, which is the most important part of your site. If your WordPress blog/site was a human, the database would be the brain. It holds ALL the information, knows what goes where, when it went there, and who said what. It’s your site’s lifeline. You need your database backup. It’s so crucial that even if you don’t have your posts and pages backed up, as long as you have your database, you can restore your site from nothing.
Here’s how you do it.
1. Log into your host’s site. Then head to the “Control Panel” aka the cPanel.
2. Look for a “Backup Wizard.” Click it and you’ll be taken to a different window. If you want JUST your database, look under “partial backups” and click the “MySQL Databases.”
3. You’ll see a list of all the databases you currently have. If you only have one site set up on that host, you’ll probably only see 1 listed. Click that one and it’ll start downloading it to your computer. If you see multiple ones and don’t know which one is the one for your blog, then download all of them to be on the safe side.
If you want to grab ALLLL the files of your website at once, I recommend you just do a full backup. It’ll take a while (up to 30mins) but let it do what it needs to.
But you’ll feel better knowing you have what you need.
A cheat to this process of backing up your database is to download the WP-db-backup plugin and have it automatically do it for you on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. And it can send it to your email or download it to your server so it’s on your host’s side.
Here’s the official WordPress guide to backing up your blog, with FAQs and all that, if you need more info.
Back up posts/comments
It’s much easier to back up a Blogger blog and that’s because it’s a much more elementary platform. This isn’t shade at all. It’s just a fact. Blogger uses HTML whole WordPress is CSS and PHP. So backing it up is so much simpler.
1. Log into your Blogger dashboard and go to the blog you want to backup.
2. On the left sidebar, click “Settings.”
3. Under “Settings” is “Other.” Click that.
4. At the very top of the page is “Blog Tools.” Click “Export blog” and voila! You’ll have your posts and comments in an XML file format.
Back up template
If you have a template you want to back up, you can also do it easily.
1. In the dashboard of your site, look on the left sidebar and click “template.”
2. On the upper right hand corner of the page is a button that says “Backup/restore.” Click that and then “Download full template.”
Here’s the Blogger guide to backing up your blog. Check it out if you need more details.