When I was in college I was maybe 2 days away from finishing my thesis and my computer crashed. And no, I had not backed up any of my information. Cue the hysteria. I wouldn’t wish that moment (and the following weeks of reconstructing all my work) on anyone. Lesson learned, albeit the hard way: always back up your work! Technology is much advanced from back then so here are some great options for bloggers out there:
- If you use WordPress, they offer a free plugin that is surprisingly easy to use. You just have to know to install it. It offers 100MB of free cloud storage.
- If you use Blogger.com just log-in, click on the “Export Blog” link under “Settings” and then back up your theme by clicking on “Backup/Restore” listed under “Theme”.
- If you use Tumblr, I hope you have a Mac. Tumblr has yet to provide an easy (or even complete) way for PC users to back-up. But if you have a Mac, you can now use their app to download an export to your desktop.
- Dropbox is an external cloud storage that is also free (up to a point of course – but I’ve yet to hit that point.) WordPress allows an automatic save directly to Dropbox in their settings. Or Dropbox is a great place to store any exported backups you’ve downloaded.
- VaultPress is not free (prices start at $15 a month) but it is the most comprehensive tool (including checking for and repairing security threats) and it backs up constantly so you don’t have to remember to do it.
- BlogBackupr is, well, self-explanatory. It backs up your blog on a daily basis for free. There aren’t any bells and whistles but, hey, it’s free.
Do you have any other tips for backing up? If so, please share them so that no one else has to end up curled under her desk in a puddle of her own tears. Running a blog is hard enough without having to start all over. Heed that old adage: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.