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Back up ALL your data

Back up ALL your data

When it comes to the world of blogging, the first thing you should learn is that your blog has to be built with a solid foundation.

Part of that process is backing up all your data and files.

Just like when you are building a house, you have to start with a solid foundation. This is one of the reasons why so many bloggers fail in the beginning. This is due to they either don't know how, or they don't take the time to follow the basic rules when it comes to setting up and protecting their blog.

There is nothing worse than starting from scratch. You have to have a solid foundation, and then you will have the opportunity to focus on your ideas and start creating content that will make your blog stand out from all the rest.

Backing up your data and files:

You must make sure to back up everything. And I really mean everything! This is one of the most important rules when it comes to having an online business.

Imagine all of your hard work disappearing in a couple of seconds just because your site crashed, and if you don’t have your blog backed up, it's all gone, forever.

This is one of the worst-case scenarios for anyone who owns an online business, so you want to make sure to avoid getting yourself in that same kind of situation. To avoid this, start by backing up your data today, it is that simple.

The most important step is that you will continue to do this the whole time you are on the internet. Remember, this is about being prepared.

You can easily find yourself in a situation where your blog gets hacked or the company that hosts your blog crashes, or maybe your internet company does an update and just by chance your site ends up getting corrupted in the process. In that case you will be thankful that you made sure that your data was kept safe and in a secure place.

Part of the process of backing everything up is creating screenshots of your blog so that you can recreate a page or site when it is needed. Even if you think you can remember exactly what your pages look like, once you start to put up more and more content, it will not be so easy to recall every single page that you have designed. Such as where or what was that one photo in the content is, the name of the headings, colors, font sizes, etc. You get the idea.

7 ways to back up your blog data for safe keeping:

1. External hard drives

External hard drives are transferable, extremely easy to use and they provide instant storage whenever you need access to it. Although they are available in different storage capacities, they are all connected to the computer externally. To put it simply, the drive is connected to the outside of a computer through a USB connection. One of the best advantages is that they are portable, so you can have your external hard drive by your side even if you are traveling or working outside of your usual work space. This will insure you can always make sure that your data is backed up and reachable wherever you go.

2. ScanDisk

Scan disk checks are able to correct errors and scan disk surfaces for defects to prevent data loss and rewriting of data. In case your Windows crashes, it will run automatically the next time your computer is booted and will search for errors and attempt to fix them. If you are planning to run any type of blog, this means that you will be using your computer daily, so a recommendation is to run ScanDisk frequently.

3. The Cloud

The Clouds refers to software and services that run your data on the internet instead of locally on your computer. There are multiple options and examples of cloud services and most of them can be accessed through a Web browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The most popular examples of cloud services that store your data are Google Drive and Apple iCloud.

A great thing about backing up your data on such services is that you can access your data on any device that has a connection to the internet. You can even collaborate with multiple people if you give them access to one of your files, which makes remote working and working in teams much easier.

4. The Cloud - Dropbox or Amazon Cloud Drive

Dropbox is also a cloud storage service where you can copy your files and have access to them later, accessible from any device that has an internet connection. Dropbox does not save your data automatically, so you will need to upload the data you want to save to the cloud.

It helps you avoid having your personal data (for example, personal pictures on your phone) saved automatically on Dropbox if you are using it just as a backup solution for your business. Amazon Cloud Drive is a cloud storage application for your data including videos and files, with a special focus on photos. It allows you store and view your entire photo collection without maxing out the internal storage on your phone, laptop or computer.

5. Load your full-size photos on Flickr and make them private

Flickr is a photo-sharing network that you can join by signing up with your email address. You can create an account for free and be able to upload your own photos and also share it with others. In case you want to use it solely for backing up your data, you can choose the option of making your photos private, that way you will be the only one who will be able to see the photos.

6. Free storage on Google

Google Photos comes with free unlimited storage, but you have to be careful with this option, as the free storage is only available if you are saving your photos as "high quality" images, as opposed to the original quality images which often have a much higher resolution. This means that your files would be compressed to a safe space unless your account settings are set differently. You can also upgrade your Google storage to avoid that problem, but this option is not free and you would have to choose a monthly or yearly payment plan for it.

7. Write and keep your content on a second computer that never goes online

You can use a second computer for writing your content. Since you would not be putting your content online from this computer, you would not need to worry about updating it. The recommendation is to use this option just as one of the options for backing up your data, but you should definitely avoid depending on a second computer as your only backup option, due to it not being fully reliable.

Keep your data safe and protected and stay worry-free.

Listen, you want to stay excited about your new online journey and the best thing you can do for yourself is to make sure you don't have to worry about any unexpected situations. That is why backing up your data is extremely important. Choose at least a few, minimum of three, options and keep yourself protected just by simply by backing up your data to external drives and locations.

I hope you discovered some great options today, knowing that you can be protected just by safely backing up your hard work.

Melanie Taylor , Derek Wolf
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