Friday, April 29, 2011

How to backup your Blogger blog and print your whole blog


Update: Blogger has introduced an easy export and import functions for you to easily save a backup copy of your blog in xml format and easily import it back into Blogger. Sign into Dashboard > Settings > Basic and the Export/Import/delete blog will be at the top, just under the tabs:



Save the xml file in a suitable folder in your computer and use it to export to your blog if the situation requires it.

Regarding printing as PDF file and also hard copies, Blogger has partnered with Blog2Print for you to easily convert it to pdf format and also to print hard copies. Go to Blog2Print



For instruction on how to backup your whole blog, convert it into a PDF file and print it in one go, refer to BlogCollector below.


Why backup your blog you may ask. Well, for one, Blogger has a robot doing its round on the web to identify spamblogs, block them, and after a period of time, delete them. There are many reports of false positives, much to the chagrin of the blog owners. Another reason is to guard against accidental delete (not rare) and hardware failure of the blogging service provider. Your blog may be hacked into one fine day. It is good to protect your hard work by backing up the blog.

Blogger does not have an export or download function. However, Blogger provided some instructions to create a single file with all your posts which you may publish and then copy to your own computer for use as a backup. See How do I create a backup of my entire blog? However, this will involve replacing your current template with a temporary template, saving, republishing and then putting it back again. I do not like this method.

HTTrack Website Copier

Another way to backup your blog is to make a mirror of your blog on your computer. HTTrack Website Copier allows you to download your blog from the Internet to your computer, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images and other files. It also allow you to update an existing mirror. HTTrack Website Copier is a freeware.

Blog Collector

Blog Collector is a nice software to use to backup your blog, particularly if you use the standard Blogger template. If you use non-standard template or you use a extensively modified standard Blogger template, you may have problems and it may only backup the posts in your index page and not the whole blog. There is also a provision to publish your blog as a PDF book. There are 2 versions, Blog Collector and Blog Collector Lite (free) (update: now there are 3 versions - BlogCollector Lite, BlogCollector Standard and BlogCollector Professional. With BlogCollector Professional, you can export your backup file in PDF. WORD or Rich Text and print it in that format.
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Other ways to backup the blog is to have Blogger send email of your posts. Go to SETTINGS > EMAIL and enter your email address in the BLOGSENT ADDRESS box. You can also have emails of the comments sent by going to SETTINGS > COMMENTS and enter your email address in the COMMENT NOTIFICATION ADDRESS box. In this method, you will only backing up the text, not the HTML.

Update 3 October 2007: Sorry to hear about your problem. I have stated that BlogCollector only works well with Blogger standard templates and/or templates that have not been modified extensively. What template are you using?

Anyway I think this post need editing as they still haven't got a way to put what they backup automatically back into your blog although they say they are working on it (if they did, they did not inform me). I think the only way to reliably backup your blog is to edit your post in the HTML mode one by one, copy everything into Notepad files and save them.

I have no time, so I think I will just copy and paste part of my reply into the post to update it.


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38 comments:

  1. Dear Peter,
    Many thanks for these tips. I am hoping my Purple Women blog gets turned into a book and I am very afraid it will get accidentally deleted if I don't start properly protecting our work.

    I was thrilled to learn that Blog Collector has a feature that converts blog to book. Cool.

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  2. tried the link httrack but a window comes up with parent directory stuff, not opening it... is it still working?

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  3. I love Blog Collector! Thanks for the tip

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  4. Blog Collector is a breeze to use, isn't it.

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  5. Thanks - I was just worrying about this today because all my other problems worked out. Now my life is perfect!!! Hasta la vista!

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  6. As far as I can tell, if you've been blogging for more than 999 days, you can't export using this method. I'm trying a variant, where I export to monthly archive pages using a template that gives me XML. It seems to work, but I seem to be missing something along the way.

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  7. Anonymous10/07/2006

    Thanks for the tip...

    I have two active blogs and one hybernated blog.
    When I tried BlogCollector, it worked for the sleeping one, but did not work for my two active blogs.
    I have shifted the blogger templates for the active ones to the new beta-template. Is that the problem? Can't find anything on the site for that, so asking you if somebody else is facing similar ptoblems. Sorry...

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  8. A lot of 3rd party tools would likely not work for Blogger Beta yet, and that most likely apply to BlogCollector. I will probably test that and update this post when time permits.

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  9. I realize this post is a little bit cold by now, but would saving the HTML from each post as a text file work as a cheap and free alternative? This is simple to do (even for me, and I'm pretty inept). After I finish writing a post I hit the "edit HTML" tab and copy everything into TextEdit. This isn't an ideal solution if you have an enormous blog, but for quick fixes it has saved my rear a couple of times.

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  10. Hi Dane,

    That is a good way to backup the blog, though labourous (sorry if I got the spelling wrong. I am a non-native English speaker). In fact I should incorporate that into the post. I think I will do that, thanks to your comment.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger

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  11. Tried Blog Collector. I just got a load of error messages and a pile of gunk left on the target directory. Emails to technical support went unanswered. I checked the upgrades. The next two upgrades - where one would assume someone would answer your tech support questions - are US$95 and over US$250. In the meantime I'll just reconstruct my blogs using MS Word.

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  12. Hi Stephen,,

    Sorry to hear about your problem. I have stated that BlogCollector only works well with Blogger standard templates and/or templates that have not been modified extensively. What template are you using?

    Anyway I think this post need editing as they still haven't got a way to put what they backup automatically back into your blog although they say they are working on it (if they did, they did not inform me). I think the only way to reliably backup your blog is to edit your post in the HTML mode one by one, copy everything into Notepad files and save them.

    I have no time, so I think I will just copy and paste part of my reply into the post to update it.

    Peter (Blog*Star)
    The easiest way to earn something for your blogging efforts

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  13. Hi Peter,
    Thank you for replying. I'm using the 'Thisaway' template with no special modification. I'll follow your suggestion.

    Stephen.

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  14. Hi Peter! Thanks for the good info, as always :-)

    I am using a different method - not quite a backup, but it does the trick (except for video): I have made a copy of my blog in WordPress.

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  15. If it's only the text in the blog, the easiest way seems to be just get the rss feed of the blog into you email program or feed reader.

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  16. Hi Karl,

    Thanks for the extra useful information. It should work provided the blog author set feed to full. Some may set it to short in which case feed will not work.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Digital Candlelight Vigil

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  17. Hi Peter,
    Thanks for the tips. I was leary about how the "Help" menu suggested backing up my blog...it was not only slightly complicated, but it sounded a bit risky. I will go to the sites that you suggested and in the meantime I copied my blog contents via clicking on the email link and copying the text. I've saved the images and now I'm feeling a bit more secure.

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  18. Thanks for the info. I am going to try BlogCollector now. Thanks again!!

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  19. I know this thread is already a bit old but I will give it a shot. I installed BlogCollector but when I add my blog it tells me that there are no posts (I have 300+). I am using a standard template with just some changed colors. I also tried it with a random blog (test.blogger.com) and it doesn't work either. I am not connecting through a proxy so that should be no problem. Any ideas out there? or a different tool to try? Thanks all!

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  20. Haven't tested Blog Collector for a very long time so cannot comment but why don't you try using the new Blogger export and import features?

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  21. Thanks Peter. Problem is that I have a ton of pics and movies on the blog also. Would be nice to get them also (at least the pics; I realize that the videos might not work one way or the other).

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  22. In a bind, I'm hoping to pull down my wife's blog and print as a Mother's Day gift. I have tried installing BlogCollector with great anticipation, but it doesn't seem to work (even after switching to a default theme per FAQ and ensuring my blog is not invite-only protected).

    I think the issues lies with the somewhat new logged in session detection that Blogger is doing first: BlogCollector can't seem to handle it.

    I am very interested in learning more about Peter @ Environman's recommended "import/export" of blogger.. Gonna check it out now-- thanks for the tip.

    I wonder if BlogCollector is still a viable business' supported product?

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  23. Ok I see now what Peter was alluding to. One can import/export blog posts in blogger, but it comes out only as XML. I don't think I can whip up an appropriate xslt before Mother's Day for my project.. :(

    Oh but BlogCollector looks SO promising!..

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  24. I am afraid to admit that I have not fully tested BlogCollector and had used it very long time ago before New Blogger xml template was introduced.

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  25. On the other hand, rss2pdf.com looks promising: give it your blog's atom/rss feed, and it will produce a PDF out of the contents. Though temporarily disabled, this free service suggests it can handle images.

    An emailed reply from Tom of rss2pdf implies that he is getting a new hosting situation which would allow him to open pulling images to PDF again.

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  26. Ok! My wife pointed me in the right direction: Blog2Print by SharedBook is a super way to print your blog in hard back or soft or just get a big PDF. It has lots of cool features.

    It was a breeze to set up, and I just placed my first order. We'll see how it turns out :)

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  27. Hi Bronius,

    Will appreciate having feedback on how you fare with Blog2Print.

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  28. Bronius, I have videos on my blog. Will Blog2Print work?

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  29. Dear Peter,
    I'm very overwhelmed by what to use to backup my daughter's blog. Tesla is her name. I have videos of her when she was born and I would love to backup her blog completely. Any recommendation? Is Blog Collector still any good? My daughter's blog does use a standard template provided by blogspot. Please advice. Thanks.

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  30. Still looking for a way to backup my blog, including pictures and video. Blog Collector doesn't seem to work. I did use the export feature, but it is not in the format I want (I want to be able to print out my blog as well), nor does it save the pictures. Anyone found a product which works and is free or cheap?

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  31. Sorry to be so late in responding. Blog2Print by SharedBook worked like a charm! I plan to print a new book every year, each containing only the previous year's of entries.

    The way it works: I believe you have to at least temporarily make your blog public, then you feed the url to Blog2Print, set some date ranges, pick out some book cover and other styles, and pay some bucks. Voila! Some days later, you get a lovely, professionally printed and bound hardcover blog-book!

    Makes a great gift. Break it up into years to save bucks-per-print.

    Videos: No, videos don't get printed in the Harry Potter video newspaper style. They don't even come across in stills of the clip nor rendering of the swf embed to play. You just get nothing there :( I suppose some good dhtml image swap on the blog post would take care of that....

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  32. Blogger now has an export choice under basic settings. I saved it as a .pdf file and tried importing it back to a new blog and it worked great! I'm so happy they have this function now as I couldn't get blogcollector to work. What a waste of several days trying to do what has now been made simple!

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  33. Blogger now has an export blog option under basic settings and it saves as a .pdf and imports back in like a charm!

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  34. Hi Katherine,

    Thanks for the update. However, as far as I know, you can export in the xml format. How do you save as a pdf file? Also, if it is in pdf format, you wouldn't be able to import it back easily?

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  35. Thanks Peter... I want to thank you for this great read!! I will post a link to this page on my blog. I am sure my visitors will find that very useful!
    Online Printing

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  36. Thanks Peter, I consider you as my Guru as I started my site http://www.indian-share-tips.com/ after seeking guidance from your website. You are doing a great job for your upcoming new bloggers. Regards

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  37. > Blogger now has an export blog option under basic settings and it saves as a .pdf ...

    No, no .pdf only xml how it was before

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