Backup and Migration of Blogs

Recently I was looking into ways that blogs can be backed up and moved. I have friends that use Blogger, and I use WordPress, and while for the most part there is no danger of the blog being lost, it is when we rely on these systems the most that they tend to go down.

Fortunately there is an online tool that gives you 50Mb free for backup, and automates your backup entirely for Blogger, LiveJournal, Windows Live Spaces and WordPress. It will also help you move your blog from one platform to another, so for those that are interested in migrating from Blogger to WordPress, or to another suitable platform, it can be a relatively simple process using this tool.

It is called BlogBackupOnline, and it does exactly that.

It will backup your blog, including the images. I have run a trial with the backup images option de-selected, as I have a lot of images on my blog and do not want to fill up the 50Mb of my free account with these images, especially as I have most of them hosted on 3rd party servers.

It has an easy-to-use wizard interface, which guides you step by step through your blog.

Blog Backup Scheduled

A backup job is mainly backing up 3 things:

  1. The blog entry and title
  2. Comments from your blog
  3. Images from your blog

Note: Most backup applications will not take ’snapshots’ of your artwork or blog appearance, so you should probably take a backup of the presentation and any customisation you have done to the appearance of the blog as a separate action.

The dashboard is nice, allowing you to see at a glance any blogs that you have registered for backup. It also has very clear links to the Help system which assists you should you have trouble with the interface.

And the restore wizard looks to be quite comprehensive. I have yet to press the Restore button on the wizard to see the final results, but I will do a trial run once my first backup is complete to ensure that it is capable and able to do so.

One of the key points to note, which is why I publish this tool here, is that it offers the option of restoring to a different blog than the one you backed up. This will effectively allow you to move one blog to another location on the internet. This could come in very handy for those who wish to move their blogs.

As a final summary of features that I like from this tool:

  • Unattended backing up – it does not require that I have the browser window open for the blog to be backed up. I don’t even have to have my computer on.
  • Progress reports – I can log on at any time and see how many posts it has backed up
  • View content – I can actually see the posts that have been backed up, along with any comments and images
  • I can back up more than one blog (space permitting)

Overall a good application that does exactly what it says it will. Well done and I look forward to upgrade options for larger jobs and that has the space to store my large media files as part of the backup.

Comment posted by ozlady.com » There is no better reason to Blog!
at 6/27/2007 3:40:43 AM

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Comment posted by Cuckoo
at 6/25/2007 12:53:19 PM

Thanks for the good info. Would come again to this post when I actually decide to take back ups. No time right now. *sigh*

I too have been advised to shift to WP but again have not been able to explore. Have you by any chance written about some major differences/comparison between blogger & WP ? That would be great to know.

Comment posted by ozlady
at 6/25/2007 12:56:46 AM

Deborah – it took a few steps… I suggest you do it in any case… to scary to think about losing all that time and effort.

Comment posted by ozlady
at 6/25/2007 12:20:09 AM

Stacy… watch the pocket watch swinging back and forth… you are getting sleepy… so sleepy… your eyelids are getting heavy… you will listen and obey my instructions… move to wordpress…. move to wordpress…

LOL

Do it!!! It’s a little bit more complicated (but not overly so), but so worthwhile!

Comment posted by Deborah Gamble
at 6/24/2007 12:13:03 AM

Losing my blog is something I don’t even want to think about. This post was a good reminder. Thanks!

Comment posted by Stacy
at 6/23/2007 2:44:42 PM

Thank you for sharing this resource! I’m still on the fence about switching to WP, (I know it’s good for me, but I’m a big wimp about the hassle of the actual switch) but this is a great idea no matter what I do.

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