There are a lot of things that can screw up a blog or leave it inaccessible–hackers, server meltdowns, or bad hosting companies among them. If you’ve put time, energy, and money into building a blog, there are two articles which will help you protect it better:

1) Register you domain away from your host.

In the event that you and your host have a disagreement and they shut down your account or site, registering your domains somewhere else will help you move your site faster. See the article for more details.

2) Backup your WordPress database and files.

WordPress has two parts–files which provide the structure/theme/plugins/etc and a database which stores all the posts/pages/comments/settings. The article includes plugins you can use to backup each part and information on an alternative method of backing up your files.

Even if you don’t want to go through the hassle of doing #1, consider doing #2 today. If you’re used to installing plugins, it should take you less than 20 minutes to make your blog a lot safer.

(note: if you’re blogging at or blogger, you don’t have these options. Consider setting up a weekly reminder to use their export function to export a backup copy of your blog.)

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Andy Hough May 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I do both of these things. I didn’t start doing daily backups though until after I accidentally deleted my site. Luckily, my host had a backup and I had only lost a few day’s posts. Using Google’s cached version of my site I was able to recover my posts and ultimately only lost the comments for those few posts. I learned my lesson and now I have a backup sent to my email daily.

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