Notes from the past…

A word about backups…

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DO IT!!!

Obviously I’m talking about backing up your genealogical data. That’s a no-brainer.

But what about your blog?

Sh-t happens, as evidenced by the recent data-loss-then-found-almost situation experienced by T-Mobile Sidekick users. What was supposed to be a very safe and secure place for your favorite and irreplaceable images and other such minor stuff, was suddenly a black hole.

What if something like that happened to your blog? Big as Google is, they are not immune to disaster. Sh-t happens, just ask T-Mobile…

You also need to backup your blog on a regular basis.

I use WordPress as my blogging platform, and operate it from my self-hosted site. When I decided to go the self-hosted route, I did my homework. I researched a lot of hosting companies and chose the one that seemed best for me. Stability, security, longevity, customer-friendly, etc. I feel pretty good about my choice and have been very pleased with the service so far.

But my hosting company could crash and burn tomorrow, along with my blog.

One of the things that I like about self-hosted WordPress is the availability of plugins to enhance a blog. There are plugins out there for every need.

The plugin that I use to automatically back-up my blog is WordPress database backup. Extremely simple to install, activate and set up a schedule for automatic backups. These backups can be downloaded to your hard drive, saved to your server or… sent to your email.

How much more convenient can it get? I set up my blog to be backed up and sent to my GMail every Friday, where I set up a folder to hold the backups.

Piece ‘o cake!

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