Saturday, August 29, 2009

How to backup and restore blog with EXPORT


There have been frequent incidences of bloggers accidentally deleting their blogs or having Blogger deleted their blogs, etc., so it is good practice to backup your blog so that you can restore it when such calamities happened. Previously we had to use Blog Collector to backup blog. However, Blog Collector had its limitations plus restoring the blog is tedious. Furthermore, Blog Collector only backup text, it does not backup links, embedded content like videos or music players, comments and photos. (note: uploaded photos are hosted at Picassa Web Album, so if your Picassa Web Album account is deleted, those photos will be lost)

Now that Blogger had introduced import blog and export blog, backing up and restoring your blog is very easy. Furthermore, links, embedded content, comments and photos (Update: I think photos may not be restored) is also easily backed up and restored with just a couple of clicks.

To backup your blog, sign into Blogger Dashboard, go to Settings > Basic and you will see 3 links: import blog, export blog, delete blog.

Update: If you are using the New Blogger UI (User Interface), the tabs are in a drop-down menu and "Export"/"Import" is at Dashboard > Settings > Other:

Blogger Dashboard Settings Other Delete blog


Blogger import export blog

Click export blog and Bloger will create an xml file for you to save into your computer. You would be well advised to save the xml file with a suitable file name and/or in a folder which will enable you to not only easily locate it when needed, but also to distinguish it from a backup template xml file because both are xml files and both will have identical icon xml file icon

If something drastic happened to your blog, you can similarly go to SETTINGS > BASIC, but this time click import blog, click BROWSE and browse to your exported xml file, complete the captcha (word verification), select whether to automatically publish all imported posts or not, then just click Import blog.

Now a note on the option to automatically publish all imported posts and the possibility of triggering Blogger's bot to mark the imported blog as a spam blog. If you are worried, then you should not tick the box for all imported posts to be published automatically. You will then get a list of imported posts, after which you can publish the posts in batches by ticking some posts and then clicking PUBLISH:



I have tested importing and simultaneously 400+ posts and the test blog was not marked as a spam blog. However, I do not know if you do that you will be as lucky as before I import and publish so many posts simultaneously, I added a noindex meta tag to the template.

This import export features can also be used to export your Blogger blog to other blogging platform like Wordpress, Live Journal, etc., or to import blogs from Wordpress, etc., into your Blogger blog.

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53 comments:

  1. Thanks for this in the past I have backed up all text and photos for both my blogs, but if I need to restore these it would take ages to repost and format

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  2. Hi Peter,
    Great to find this useful blog! I need help to edit my new font text that I down loaded for my header. It's called 'bohemian typewriter'.How do I change?!
    Thanks Cecilia

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  3. Hi, I'm sorry if I've placed this comment in the wrong place but can't seem to find where I can 'ask a question' or 'make a request'..
    My question is how to change the background colour of Gadgets (which at present seems to be white) to that of my webpages colour so the Gadget can blend in with the pages overall look as opposed to it sticking out 'like a sore thumb', white on black - not very agreeable in this instance.

    http://anton-off-the-beaten-track.blogspot.com/

    By the way I think your Blog is tops and you certainly deserve the coveted Blog Star that you have earned. Thanks so much for all the oodles of very welcome information and keep it coming please.

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  4. Excellent post. I've exported my blog with this feature but never taken the next step to consider the process for restoring it from that exported file. Your discussion was reassuring that it can actually be done.

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  5. Thank you for the very informative post. I hopefully will never have to use the backup, but it great to know that I now have one.

    Kind regards,
    Richard Hamilton

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  6. Thanks for this post. It's exactly what I was looking for and is nice and easy to follow. The extra effort you take of adding screenshots is highly appreciated.

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  7. I have a two blogs in google but i don't know how can i restore it for some specific person but after read your post it is easy for me to restore it so nice work and keep it up.
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  8. Many thanks for taking the time to respond to my request for back up info. I can stop fretting about losing all my "stuff" now!

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  9. Pretty cool. I heard from someone it's important to host your own website incase something were to go wrong. But I guess we're pretty safe with the backup. Too bad it doesn't update itself lol.

    Can you import blogger to Wordpress?

    Backup was 1.85 mb, smaller than I thought!

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  10. I used the export and it created the xml file, but it does not include photos. I want my backup so I can also print my blog if I want. Is there a program out there which will let me do this?

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  11. Yes you can export-import to wordpress although I have not tried it myself. Hope to test that out soon. If you do try to import into wordpress and succeed hope you will give us some feedback.

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  12. For LadyNomad,

    I think HTTrack will save the photos but it was a very long time ago that I have tried it. If you do, hope you give us some feedback as to whether that helps.

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  13. I recently exported my blog and now all of the links are broken!

    See: blog.repeatatlanta.com

    Any advice on restoring those original links?

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  14. You mean you exported to xml file then import into another blog? More details please, also it may be a good idea to post your problem over at Something is broken and give me the thread URL

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  15. Hi,
    Thanks for this excellent article.You have really given some good tips for the backup of the blogs.

    handy akku

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  16. Will this export function export all posts in the blog eg 100posts or do I have to do one by one?

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  17. Hi, I salute you for your excellent and very useful posts. I am glad I can count on you when I need to know something about blogging. Thanks and God Bless. Robert Udyavar.

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  19. Whenever the template is changed, some widgets/gadgets/page elements may get deleted or become empty. That is the reason for the advice to backup gadgets

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  20. I can not find a place to ask questions so maybe this will reach you.

    I am new at this and am working on editing a blog which was going very well until my text turned blue (it was black) and also became underlined.

    I have looked up how to delete underline and what I have found is how to put underline in.

    I went to Edit html and looked and found "text-decoration: underline" all over the place. Do I just go through and delete it everytime I see it or do I change it in some way.

    I also have yellow highlights in my text, mainly on proper names that looks like some kind of spell check--will this disappear when I publish.

    I don't know where my answer will appear but thanks so much for your help, Becky

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  21. With such a lot of unknown stuff added to your template, perhaps it is easier to just reload a fresh template and start over, remembering to backup gadgets/page elements and backup template.

    Regarding the yellow highlights which I assume is in your post editor or template editor, wonder if it could be the browser.

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  22. I am trying to back up a blogger blog in preparation for the discontinuation of FTP support. No luck yet.
    When I push the export blog button I get the choice of opening the XML file with IE explorer, or saving. When I save, I get the downloads window (Firefox) with a new file of size OK.
    Can you help?

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  23. Eh Blogger discontinuing FTP support? I would like to know more please.

    And FTP means your template is the old classic Blogger template but I wonder if perhaps the export function do not work for classic template. Why don't you post your problem to Blogger Help Forum and feedback us the results.

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  24. If I export my blog to back it up, will it take it off or mess up my blog the way it is posted?

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  25. When I tested it, nothing like that happened.

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  26. Thank you for this! After yesterday when Blogger "Deleted" my blog- I guess I should have done this a long time ago! Blog is back and my readers have been asking me how to back up now-so I hope you dont mind- I reposted your article for them and linked back to you! You explain it so simply - I couldnt have said it any better! Thanks!
    www.aubutfamily.com

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  27. Thanks for informing and for the link

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  28. Here's a question: I have opened the back up xml file, and I notice that there are no active links. Since my posts are heavily linked to outside sources, am I missing a step, or is there no way to back up hyper links using this method?

    Thank you very much.

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  29. Jz I suggest you create a test blog, add a noindex nofollow meta tag to the template and try exporting your backup file to that blog and check for those active links you said is missing. Will appreciate feedback on your progress

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  30. Hi,

    Thanks so much for the info.
    Thanks to you, I now have a back up of my blog.

    Thanks,
    Ranjana
    justaboutev3rything.blogspot.com

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  31. Thanks for posting this! I post a lot of controversial material on my site, and because of that, there are the "haters" that threaten to hack my blog, etc. simply because they do not agree with what I have to say. Thanks to your tip, I now have a way to not only back up my blogs, but also to be able to restore my entire blog site if need be, with just a few clicks. Thanks again for the tip!

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  32. Wow! This is perfect, thanks for posting this!

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  33. HI, great article, but I have a related question. I would like to cake a duplicate of one of my blogs for my affiliates to use. Everything would be the same on both blogs, except the Link to More Information. Is that possible or would that be disallowed as a spam blog?
    Thank you for your time and attention. Bill

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  34. Perhaps you can first create a blog with some particular template which may be the same or different from your original blog and if you don't want it to be considered duplicate content you may add meta tag so search engine will not index the duplicate blog (<meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow" />)

    Then import from the original blog and export to the new blog.

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  35. Hey ,
    Can you tell me what is the difference if I take the backup of my blog using the Export option or if I do it using some software like Blogger Backup.

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  36. I myself haven't tried any third party Blogger Update software and perhaps you can update us your experience. In fact I may even offer you to be a guest blogger here with the incentive that you can include clickable links back to your blog or other preferred website to improve Page Rank, SEO and traffic generation. Do contact me via my contact form if interested and then maybe I can update you on what is the difference.

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  37. Blogsaver Lifesaver, thanks so much!

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  38. Thanks so much for posting this! Have seen that stuff (import and export) on my blogger settings before and never known what they were for!

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  39. I've been wondering how to back up my blog lately, and your blog came up in a Google search. Your post was so easy to understand. I've successfully backed up my blog today and will continue to do so every day. I used to feel so nervous that all my hard work could be lost at the snap of a finger; now I'm confident that I could resurrect it in a heartbeat if need be. Thanks so very much!

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  40. Thankyou for putting this up, it's really not in an obvious place, I was looking for around 20 minutes or so before google brought you to the rescue :)

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  41. This is very helpful, thanks. I recently deleted a blog and exported the XML. I was curious about what happens to the images, so I copied a path to one of the images in the XML doc, and pasted it into Firefox. The image popped up, so it is still on the server. Am I right in assuming 1)that there is no easy way to back up those images, but that they stay on the server indefinitely, so that an import of the XML will maintain the correct paths to those images, and 2) there is no way to delete those images off your server? Also, are those images visible to search engines when the blog is active? Are they visible when the blog has been deleted? Thanks very much.

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  42. What I do know is that deleting Google account will lead to photos in Picasa being deleted too, but nothing on Blogger. I assume they would be maintained as it seemed from your experience.

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  43. a million thanks for this ... had a near scare recently and this post has prompted me to do the back up I should have done a long time ago

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  44. I am using the new blogger interface and have been unsuccessful in finding the export function under "basic." Can you direct me? Thanks.

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  45. Dashboard > Settings > Other

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  46. Hi,

    I really like the idea of exporting my blog for backup but when I tried, it says, "Safari could not update this feed because the source file is no longer available."

    Do you have any idea why?

    Thank you very much.

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  47. There are so many free browsers. Just try with another one.

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  48. I tried exporting my blog because I want to create another like it, but in another language. The blog just doesn't look like the first one, has none of the picture in the sidebar or the same header or anything... what am I doing wrong?

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  49. Sounds like it is not you, Sandra, who is wrong, but it was me, I think it was about backing up including photos. When I did the test, it was a blog without photos. I think the export restore may not restore the photos. I may have to edit my posts.

    I may look into other possibilities when I have the time.

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  50. Yes all the photos are gone, it's a shame that it doesn't include them, that is what takes the most time to restore I thnk.

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  51. I get an error when I try to upload the exported xml file to a new version of my blog. The old one is using an original template, could that be an issue? Also, the xml file is almost 100mb, could that be too big to import at one time? Thanks for any help!

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