Glitches can happen, and so can human errors. I think we sometimes forget that technology is run by machines, and there’s always a chance of errors or bugs creeping in. I’m sure a lot of us have also hit the delete button not meaning to, and lost valuable content.
My site has given me numerous difficulties over the past couple of weeks, and that’s why I’ve been MIA. Actually my site just went totally down. Disappeared, and I was unable to get on the Editor or Customizer to fix anything. Which taught me a valuable lesson.
Keep your site backed up.
All that made me panicky, even though I KNOW WordPress.com has a really good back up system. And their great team of support people can usually get a site up and running again in a few days. In fact, WordPress assures us that they handle backups for us and promise that they can get sites working again with no loss of content within 3 days.
But even so, it was nerve racking – thinking about all the “what ifs!” So after reading a WordPress article on making your own back up, I decided to do it. Just for my own peace of mind. You can read that article here: Export Your Content.
Basically what happens is they first give you the choice of which content you’d like to export, either part or all of it. Then once you hit Export, a special XML file containing your content is sent to your email address.
Make sure you open that email within a week, because you only have 7 days to download the file and save it to your computer. But once you do it’s always ready and available to upload to your blog for reclaiming your content in case something happens!
But be sure to update your backup.
It’s also a good idea to replace this file every so often by exporting a fresh XLM file that will contain any new material you’ve added.
I also keep a copy of my blog images on my computer or Google Photos. Even though WordPress backs them up and the XML files contain them too. But I decided to keep my own copy of them. Because as any blogger knows, it takes time to find just the right image. Why risk having to do that work all over again?
Keep in mind that I’m not trying to create panic! You don’t have to race around to back up your content. Because WordPress does back up everything, and they’re very realiable!
I just didn’t want to ever again go through “what if all my content is gone?” It’s not fun! And anyway, I’m back because they did get me up again – and with no content loss!
Image by: Bongkarn Thanyankij.