After dinner last night, I came back into my office to write my post for today and saw the “safety reboot” screen displayed on my monitor. With a sinking feeling I realized that I had not backed up my site since my recent redesign. No, the site isn’t stored on my computer but my manuscripts are safely backed up.
For whatever reason, the first thing I thought of was my site. I rebooted and waited while my son asked me what was going on. As I responded to him, the screen flickered. “That’s not good, Mom.”
Why thank you, son. I certainly didn’t realize this might be a problem.
I finally made myself leave the room until the machine had rebooted. Then the first thing I did was back up my blog and site.
If you have a WordPress blog or site, this is easy enough to do. All it takes is these three steps.
- In the Site Admin screen, go to the left hand sidebar, click on Tools.
- When the menu pops up, select Export.
- Under “Choose What to Export,” select “All Content” and then click “Download Export File.” You will be e-mailed a link to where you can access your material online. It took me about two minutes to back up my blog, in which I’ve been posting daily since 2008, and my entire site. You can also download your graphics library.
If someone hacks your password and tampers with your site, having things backed up can be vital.
Many of us frequently back up our novels, books, articles and essays. I have friends who store files in the cloud, in Dropbox, and more. But I wonder how many of them consistently back up their blog or site.
Do yourself a favor. Run all of your back ups before the New Year. 2020 isn’t over yet!