How to Back Up Your Blog Content and Template on Blogger

I am using Blogger in Draft therefore the following instructions are to be used in Blogger in Draft format.

How to Back Up Blogger Blog


How to Back Up Your Blog Template:


Note: Your Blog Template is the look and layout of your blog.

  1. On the left hand sidebar, click on template.
  2. Backing up Template on Blogger

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  3. In the top right of screen – click on the “backup/restore” button, then click on “Download full template”.
  4. Backing up Template on Blogger

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    Backing up Template on Blogger

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  5. Save it in a file somewhere on your computer where you can add the date to the beginning of the file.
    Note: My file name today looks like this: 2013-5-2-template-637208773798568693.xml (I added the first part with the date so that I always know what is the most up to date back up.
Backing up Template on Blogger

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Now, the layout of your blog is saved and backed up. You can upload this saved back up to a “test blog” that isn’t published, but allows you to test out your layout or see what a published post will look like.


How to Back Up Your Blog Content:

Your blog content is all of your posts, images and comments! The important stuff!

  1. Go to Settings on left hand sidebar.
  2. Backing up Blog Content on Blogger

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  3. Click on Other
  4. Under “blog tools” (at the top), click on “Export Blog”.
  5. Backing up Blog Content on Blogger

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  6. Click on “Download Blog”.
Backing up Blog Content on Blogger

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Note: The name of the file is automatically the date so you know which file is your latest download. (Today, my file name looked like this: blog-05-02-2013.xml)

Backing up Blog Content on Blogger

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You should get into the habit of backing up your template and your content every week. A couple of years ago, blogger went down for a day or two and had us all in a panic. Many people had not backed up their content and for a period of time, believed that they had lost everything! Imagine how devastating that would be! Don’t let this happen to you.


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15 Responses to How to Back Up Your Blog Content and Template on Blogger

  1. Kelly says:

    I am not a Blogger user but this looks like a really thorough and useful ‘How To’.

  2. I used to be on Blogger and would have loved that tip – so helpful!

    Great tip!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I was on BLOGGER AND wish I knew that

  4. Ashley says:

    This would have been a great tip for when I was back using Blogger! Thanks for sharing, I’m sure there are tons who’ll appreciate it!

  5. Sny Med says:

    Awesome! Thanks so much for this! It doesn’t help that they don’t make it obvious!

    Jenna

  6. Great tutorial. I will have to send this to my friends who are on blogger.

  7. Bonnie Way says:

    Thanks so much! I’m going to do this right away. 🙂

  8. Wonderful job! This would of been so helpful when I was on blogger.

  9. CynthiaC says:

    Great tips! I’m no longer on Blogger, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the Great White Screen of Death when I tried to change my template (from a third party, anyway)!

  10. I can’t believe I haven’t done this before! It couldn’t have been easier. Thank you!

  11. Tasha says:

    I am currently using Blogger, hopefully switching over to WP soon! As I just learned recently that being on Blogger, Google owns your content and images you post on your blog 🙁 I don’t like that at all. I didn’t realize how crucial it was to back up my template regularly until reading your post. I guess your right we could loose everything if something were to happen. Knock on wood! I will be backing up daily, if not every second day now. Thank you for the wonderful post!

  12. Christy says:

    Great post and so very helpful. I love how simply you laid out the step-by-step process. I haven’t backed anything up so this was a good kick-in-the-pants to get me going – thanks!

  13. So good of you to share this info in detail! If any of your readers are using WordPress, I was at a recent WordPress conference and many of the WP experts recommended a plugin by the name of “BackupBuddy.” It will automatically back up your blog so you don’t need to remember to do it! 🙂

  14. Sny Med says:

    I wanted to thank you again, as I just backed up my content for the first time ever. I had previously downloaded my template, which is not as important to me as my content.

    Thanks,
    Jenna

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