Blog Backup is one of the least talked about activity in the blogging world. Most of the bloggers might not have proper backup routine for their blog and many of them might not have a single backup.
It is something which we do not require in regular blogging work but can regret of not having it when in need. It is like a insurance policy which is only used when required but when required, not having it is a worst crime you can commit.
I have learned this in a hard way, you can check my post on what you can take from worst day at your blog.
Though I was able to convert a bad day into a fruitful day but this does not undermine my failure to take a proper backup of my blog, which could have saved those hours for me.
How to setup automatic blog backup
The tool which I use for my blog backup is Backupbuddy.
This is an tool for blog backup and restore. One bottleneck for backup is a manual work involved and with this tool you can schedule automatic backups.
Here is what happens at most of my blogs – An automatic backup happens on a scheduled manner, that backup file automatically gets uploaded to my Dropbox account and from there gets synced on all my devices.
So I will always have a backup available at many places and it’s just a onetime effort in preparation of the worst. Backupbuddy makes it really easy to setup a scheduled backup for your blog.
You just need to enter frequency and type of backup, and you will be ready to take the backup automatically.
Sending Blog Backup at Remote Location
Along with the schedule, you can also define remote location for the backup. I use Dropbox for my remote location because the free account gives 2GB of account and if you want additional 500MB, you can signup for Dropbox account by this link.
If you need more space than you can try CX.com for free 10GB cloud space.
Backupbuddy can connect at many different remote locations and can upload your backup automatically. You can connect your remote location once and while scheduling backup, you can just attach it to that remote location.
After each backup your backup file will be automatically uploaded to the remote location. Isn’t it convenient?
Restoring the Blog Backup
If you can’t restore your backup easily than there is no use of that backup and Backupbuddy makes restore process really easy. It is almost like a one click restore and you don’t even need to reinstall WordPress.
To restore you just need to delete everything and run a script to restore your blog, it restores your plugin, setting, post, pages and everything which you had previously.
The same process is good for migrating your blog to any other place including your localhost. Once your blog is gets bigger, it’s hard to do changes on live blog.
You may want to keep a local copy of your blog to test your changes and Backupbuddy is a good way to copy your blog to localhost.
Backupbuddy is one of the handy tool to do your blog backup and restore work and one of the must have plugin for your blogging business. How are you taking your blog’s backup?