6 Ways to Back Up Your Content

28 March 2011
eggs in a basketYou're backing up content, but are you placing all eggs in one basket?

Whether you're a freelance content provider or a prolific blogger, creating backup copies of your work will prove beneficial. Backups allow you to organize your files, decrease your downtime with data retrieval, keep deadlines and significantly reduce your stress levels.

There's no single way to back up your content. The more places you save your files and the varied your methods, the better. Use at least a combination of two or three. You can never be too sure that one technique might back-fire. Take your pick from the following methods, and be sure to review the pros and cons:

Subscribe to your own RSS feeds.
+ E-mail subscriptions are handy - granting that your feeds work and your account is not hacked.
- Not all RSS feeds may support graphics. So while your content is safe, your images might not be.

Utilize social sharing buttons to send the content to yourself.
+ Buttons let you share and gain easy access to your blog posts. Use that "e-mail this" button today.
- Forwarded posts might be mistaken for spam. Be sure to check your e-mail's spam folder.

Export your blog to your hard drive.
+ Exporting your blog enables you to save the text, images and comments in a single XML file.
-  Files in the hard drive may be compromised, if not lost, during crashes and reformatting. You might want to partition your hard drive so you can safe-keep the backup files outside Drive C (the most reformatted).
Use blog backup services online.
+ The service automates the safe keeping of your files (and blog updates) in a remote server.
- Free services offer limited storage space. At worst, the service provider could fold up and when this happens, you could lose your data too.

Burn your files in a CD or DVD.
+ CDs and DVDs are cheap. You might need to get a burner if none is bundled with your unit.
- Your data can easily be erased or corrupted by direct exposure to sunlight and dust.

Save the content in a USB flash drive.
+ Flash drives are portable and high-capacity. Almost everybody has one these days.
- Improper file saving and transfers can corrupt your data. The gadget is prone to virus and malware attacks - especially when accessed from public computers. The attack is often triggered by pressing the options from the pop-up window.

This post was written to support the blog backup day movement. If you'd like more technical information on how you can export your blog using different platforms, you might want to visit Blog De Manila. The author Eric is one of the cool acquaintances that I made via the Adgitize community of bloggers. *
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