How to Backup Your TypePad Blog

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The other day a client lost his blog. Poof!

All of his posts, images, design files, etc., all wiped out. Luckily we were able to rebuild the blog (using some of the techniques outlined below), and luckily for us, the blog was only a couple of months old, so the job wasn’t impossible.

Unlike a traditional Web site, TypePad blogs don’t have with a backup that sits on your hard drive. If there’s an aggravated hacker, or a major TypePad snafu, or you accidentally delete the wrong blog on your account, there’s no easy backup. TypePad admits as much in their help section.

I’m hoping that in the near future TypePad (and other blog hosting companies) create a better backup system, but in the meantime I’ve put together a series of movies that will take you step by step through the regular regimen of backing up your TypePad blog.

I tried to create a master movie with all of these clips in iMovie, but I wasn’t happy with the outcome (blurry) or the size (just shy of 100MB.) So, below you’ll find the individual steps in bite-sized pieces along with links to the full size movies.

Please be patient as they load.

Exporting Your TypePad Blog (Full Size: 4.2MB)

Backing Up Images on TypePad (Full Size: 9.5MB)

Backing Up Your TypePad Archives (Full Size: 1.7MB)

Backing Up Your TypePad Blog Designs (Full Size: 2.4MB)

Backing Up Your TypePad TypeLists (Full Size: 3.2MB)

Backing Up Your TypePad Blog with Google’s Cache (Full Size: 6.5MB)

Rich Brooks
TypePad Blog Design, Consulting & Promotion

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    Backup Your TypePad Blog

    We’ve written about this before…like everything else you backup (docs, website), you need to back up your blog. I confess, I haven’t been as diligent as I should be about this. But, there’s no excuse now. Our colleague Rich Brooks

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    Backup Your TypePad Blog

    We’ve written about this before…like everything else you backup (docs, website), you need to back up your blog. I confess, I haven’t been as diligent as I should be about this. But, there’s no excuse now. Our colleague Rich Brooks

  • http://www.gettheskinney.com Bruce

    Thanks so much fo this tutorial. I have a blog squad dedicated feed in my google reader. Denise wrote a post noted above directing me and others here. Great job, Thanks so much.

  • http://www.gettheskinney.com Bruce

    Thanks so much fo this tutorial. I have a blog squad dedicated feed in my google reader. Denise wrote a post noted above directing me and others here. Great job, Thanks so much.

  • http://www.progressivepuppy.com max pearson

    I'm following the instructions on this page to backup my blog but I have 2 questions:
    1) When backing up the images, I noticed that typepad has several subfolders. For purposes of backup, should I create the same folder structure to backup my files.

    2) If backing up the archives is backup assurance, if I ever had to recreate my blog, can you import the archives? Or, is it there for reference only? Don't see the purpose of having to backup all of the other steps, and then backup up the archives??

  • http://www.progressivepuppy.com max pearson

    I'm following the instructions on this page to backup my blog but I have 2 questions:
    1) When backing up the images, I noticed that typepad has several subfolders. For purposes of backup, should I create the same folder structure to backup my files.

    2) If backing up the archives is backup assurance, if I ever had to recreate my blog, can you import the archives? Or, is it there for reference only? Don't see the purpose of having to backup all of the other steps, and then backup up the archives??

  • http://travisspencer.com Travis Spencer

    If you have the tool, wget, you can backup all TypePad files in a snap. The tool is a Linux/UNIX-based program, but it is available on Windows too. You have to run it from a command line (no GUI), but it’s pretty simple if you’re comfortable w/ that sort of thing. From a command line, enter this: wget -m http://www.myblog.com. Now, you have all your images, docs, etc. without spelunking through TypePad’s back-end site :) If this sort of thing isn’t something you’re comfortable w/, drop me a line. (My contact info on my Web site.)

  • http://travisspencer.com Travis Spencer

    If you have the tool, wget, you can backup all TypePad files in a snap. The tool is a Linux/UNIX-based program, but it is available on Windows too. You have to run it from a command line (no GUI), but it’s pretty simple if you’re comfortable w/ that sort of thing. From a command line, enter this: wget -m http://www.myblog.com. Now, you have all your images, docs, etc. without spelunking through TypePad’s back-end site :) If this sort of thing isn’t something you’re comfortable w/, drop me a line. (My contact info on my Web site.)

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    It is great article .you are nice view about the type pad in the backup system. Thanks very much

  • http://www.sagestrategy.com/sage_coaching_mentoring.html Marketing consultant

    It is great article .you are nice view about the type pad in the backup system. Thanks very much

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    Sure, the more successful blogs may be able to spend more money on their appearance, but that’s not likely to be the most significant difference. Thanks!

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  • http://LawFirmMarketing.net/ Carol

    Backing up is such a maintenance no-brainer yet people always forget to make it a regular habit. The predicament is usually a data loss.

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