3.30.2010

Tool for Backing Up Your Blog or Downloading an Entire Website for Offline Browsing

I have just learned that a friend's blog site was hacked and was totally deleted. The incident alarmed me so much that the same thing could possibly happen to my blog hence I tried to look for possible means of backing it up.

An easy way to get all the posts in an XML feed. This is a better format if you intend to import it in a database.
http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?max-results=1000

You can also backup the comments:
http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default?max-results=1000


Another option is to send your blogs to your e-mail for back-up.


Ultimately you may opt to use a third party software that downloads an entire site and have it saved in your local disk.

HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility.
It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site's relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the "mirrored" website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.
WinHTTrack is the Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Seven release of HTTrack, and WebHTTrack the Linux/Unix/BSD release.

It pays to back things up as early as possible. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

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