Thursday , 4 June 2020
Backing-up your blogger blog is actually saving 2 files on your computer (one with the content and one with the template) - a process that takes no more than 5 minutes. I suggest you open a folder on you computer to store the downloaded files by date. In this way whatever happens to your blog you can always restore it.

How to back-up and restore your Blogger blog in 3 easy steps

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How to back-up and restore your blog in 3 easy steps

Blogger was recently down for 2 whole days (working on the expected redesign), and the Etsy forums were bursting with blogger talk – Why? How long? What if? Yes, what if it all disappears suddenly?
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Although there are lost posts and comments on a multitude of blogs including mine, from Blogger assure us that they are working on restoring everything. I don’t believe anything more serious will ever happen to Blogger but just in case, and for your own safety you should regularly back-up the contents and the template of your blog. Depending on how often you update your blog, you can back-up weekly, monthly, or whenever you please. In fact, I do save the template every time before I edit the HTML template in case I mess things up.

Backing-up your blogger blog is actually saving 2 files on your computer (one with the content and one with the template) – a process that takes no more than 5 minutes. I suggest you open a folder on you computer to store the downloaded files by date. In this way whatever happens to your blog you can always restore it.

1. To export the content of your blog go to Settings and on the first line of the Basics tab you will see Import blog, Export blog and Delete blog. Click on Export blog.

2. A new window will open that will look like this:

You have to click on Download blog and in seconds you will have a file named blog-dd-mm-yyyy.xml (the date of your back-up).

And you are done exporting your blog content.

3. To save the template of your blog go to Design and click on Edit HTML. Click on Download Full Template and in a blink of an eye you will have the second and final file.

And you are ready with your Blogger blog back-up.

4. Here is how to restore your blog:
- Restore blog content: Follow the 1st step but instead of clicking on Export blog, choose Import blog.

You will be redirected to a page which will help you locate the file on your computer.

- Restore blog template: Follow the 3rd step and instead of clicking on Download Full Template, look at the line below, saying Upload a template from a file on your hard drive. Then by clicking on Browse, navigate to the file and click on Upload.

And that is all! Now you have taken good care of your blogger work and if anything unexpected happens online, you can upload the two files from your computer and restore your blog in seconds! 

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29 comments

  1. Thankfully, I only lost one post this time. It was still up on FaceBook so I was able to recreate it, with only a little frustration. It’s been a while since I backed it up, so thank you for the reminder on how to do that. I hadn’t really thought of saving the template, so that’s good information to have, as well.

  2. Amazing!! I didn’t even know you could do that!! I’m internet hopeless… (and you’re an angel!). Thank you!! :)

  3. Great idea. I didn’t know about that feature.

  4. I am so glad you found this article helpful. If you all have any additional questions, just fire away!

  5. I thoroughly appreciate you sharing this important, critical information! Thank you for the clear explanation! I had no clue how to back up the blog!

  6. I knew about backing up the template but wondered about the content. This is fantastically comforting. Thank you for the tip.

  7. This is a ‘life saver’.
    Would not have had a clue how to proceed.
    Thanks
    ~ Gracie

  8. I never knew you could do this! Thank you, thank you!

  9. Are there any workarounds for really, really large blogs? I have one with over 7000 posts and I can back it up just fine – but when I try to restore, the system says the file is too large.

  10. great tutorial thank you! i think i will try this. what exactly are you saving when you export your blog though? all the blog posts?

    • Yes, Alycia, when you export your blog you save all your posts. A fun way to try how it works and not to feel intimidated by the possibility of losing everything is to create a test blog and just go ahead :)

    • You also save the comments, the links to in-blog material, including feeds and some that might be in the sidebar gadgets, the photos you have uploaded to your blog…

      If you have unpublished posts and you are not careful when you import them you may end up publishing them all at once. :)

  11. Whoa! A Big thank you for sharing this!

  12. Brilliant! Thanks a million!
    Birgitte

  13. Thanks for this – so very useful & explained brilliantly. :)

  14. This is invaluable information! Thanks so much!!!! You know where I’m heading right now. Yep, to back up my blog. Thanks again!

  15. Thanks for the post. I’ve been wanting to delete and old blog but didn’t know how to download my posts. Just what I needed!

  16. Do You mean the entire blog is saved each time after a post or just that post? I mean I have long posts lots of pictures and nearly three years worth of almost daily posting.
    I wonder if I would have room on my hard drive for all that.

    • You can back-up your blog whenever you want to, so it’s up to you. And when you export the blog you are, in fact exporting all of it, not just one post.

      I checked out your blog and I think the best way to find out how big the back-up file is simply by trying to do it! I doubt you will have any problems.

  17. Great information! Thanks so much!

  18. Great information and works really well. I tested it by importing the blog and the template into a different test blog.
    However, the restored test blog does not show all the things I had added to the sidebar- followers, badges, twitter badge etc. How can I do that?

  19. I did it!
    It was so easy -and I’ve been putting it off forever!
    Thanks a lot! It was so easy to follow!

  20. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. This is truly awesome.

  21. Thank you so much for this post. Very Helpfull!

  22. Hello,

    As u said i tried to import my blogger backup into a newly made blogger blog but i am getting bot verification message after every 1-2min.. how do i resolve it ?

    my blog has around 4000 posts

    see screenshot

    http://gyazo.com/dc29292f4d73fcac046e488b7480fb93

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