PSA: Back up your blogs

Don’t live in fear of a blog meltdown. Make a backup. Photo: U.S. National Archives

This isn’t an online journalism post, but a Public Service Announcement to fellow bloggers.

A few journalism-related blogs I read regularly have gone down recently, thanks to idiot hosting companies and soulless hackers. So a word to the wise: spare yourself major agony, go into your admin tools and create a backup of your blog database (and, um, not on the same server your blog is on).

[UPDATE: Richard Koci Hernandez recommends this WordPress backup plug-in.]

Here are instructions for WordPress, Movable Type and Blogger. Do it yesterday. It really only takes a few minutes.

Author: Danny Sanchez

Danny Sanchez is the Audience Development Manager at Tribune's and Danny has been with Tribune since 2005 in a variety of editorial, digital and product development roles in Hartford, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. He has also previously worked in the newsrooms of the Tampa Bay Times and The Miami Herald.