Aaron Newman is the Founder/President of Techrigy, the company that bring us the free service that back up blog painlessly and automatically online.
Ever lose sleep worrying that a day will come when your blog get hack or lost due to some accidential deletion ? (It’s so easy to delete a blog with just click of button ! Why not use typed word as confirmation ? It sure beat me.)
If you are like those blogger who want a peace of mind for their precious blog and doesn’t want to waste time manually perform a full backup periodically can choose to use , a free blog backup service that can automatically backup blog daily, quick and painless.
BlogBackupOnline is a AJAX website that provides valuable backup service entirely from the web. It is particularly useful to those blogger who use free blog hosting services like www.wordpress.com as they have little control and access over their blog file resources compare to those who pay for hosted service. It also able to support many popular blogging system like WordPress, Blogger,TypePad, Movable Type etc and able to restore from one blog system to another.
Using BlogBackupOnline is just plain simple. Before use, one first need to register account with the service, and then will be given 50mb of free backup. The system has all the functions needed to manage the backup/restore lifecycle through its intuitive and easy-to-use interface which is logically organized through a row of tabs.
The following steps highlight how easy to use BlogBackupOnline to backup a site.
1) After login, the Dashboard page will display showing the blog accounts that is setup for backup along with information about backup, sizes and blog service. One can start by register the blog through a button. User can also use the Settings option to email the summary of update. To start backup/restore function, one just simply click on the Manage button of respective blog row.
2) All the functions applicable to the blog will appear. For a start, user can choose to perform a full backup manually, and then enable daily backup so that the system can perform incremental backup which essentially backuping only modified changes saving space. Before backup, user can also select whether to perform backup of the image files. User do not have to wait for their backup to complete, rather they just need to monitor the Log screen to check on the backup status. The backup I experience is fast, and takes under 3 minutes to backup my blog of around 150kb without any images.
3) After backup, the user can use Log page show historical records of all backup performed.
4) Or even access the Content page to preview the content, comment and image from the blog articles selected on the left list.
That’s it ! Isn’t it ridiculously simple to perform the backup ? Even then, the user no longer need to access BlogBackupOnline anymore thereafter unless they want to perform restore, export or setup. It basically a Run And Forget transparent system which backup the modified blog daily and then send the user a summary of backup history every week (customizable) through email.
Other functions include restore feature that restore blog to a URL and select the format of blog system to use (It doesn’t have to be the original blog system). The Export function can export all the blogs into XML format (That’s why using image link (etc Link to flickr) is so useful because one don’t have to manually place the embedded image into the page or upload any image.)
To faciliate backup quickly, it is recommended not to use image that actually reside together with blog file on same server, but rather use link for image that is uploaded through free image storage service like flickr. Not only this improve the backup time, it reserve free storage space to be used more efficiently for blog text (afterall 50mb is not a lot for storing high-quality and large-size images)
Unfortunately, BlogBackupOnline do not yet support password-protected blog. Although one could register the blog for backup, nothing will actually be backup at all. This feature has long being requested and it still remain the question whether BlogBackupOnline will support it at all.
Opera browser does not seem to work well with BlogBackupOnline as it always show the last accessed Blog account even though other Blog account is changed through its correspondent Manage button.
BlogBackupOnline is a reliable service that provides a free insurance for blog and definite worth using. Prevention is better than cure. Why not start using it rather than wait till disaster strike ?
Cost: 50mb Free for backup