Having a backup of your content is always a good idea when posting to any digital platform.
Although most servers are very secure and well protected, there’s always a small risk of losing your work. To help prevent this, It’s a good idea to take extra measures and back up your website and blog content so you have a copy if you ever need it.
In today’s post I’m going to show you how you can back up your Squarespace website in 4 simple steps.
Firstly, let me put you at ease and remind you that Squarespace is a very secure server and it takes it’s backup plans very seriously. Here’s how they back up your site:
“In addition to saving your site data on our primary servers, we create a second backup of your content to standby servers. If a primary system goes down, we can switch to these systems to restore service almost instantly. We also have exceptional stability and a stellar reputation for serving high-traffic sites. As you receive more traffic, your site scales up and is well-protected against simple hardware failures.
Files uploaded to your site—such as images, .pdfs, and audio files—are stored on a system that makes copies of your data to multiple physical disks. Our secure off-site storage allows for recovery even in the face of the worst disasters (such as Hurricane Sandy).”
But as I mentioned earlier, there’s no harm in taking extra precautions. Here’s how you can create your own backup of your website:
Use Google Drive
I always write my blog posts in Google Docs before copying and editing them in the Squarespace editor. There are two main reasons I do this. Firstly Google Docs autosaves your work as you go, meaning I don’t have to worry about losing everything if the page crashes. And secondly, it means I always have a backup of my blog posts saved on the Google Drive, which I can access from any computer at any time just incase I need them!
You could also use the word processor program on your computer, such as Microsoft Word or Pages, to save a copy of your blog posts to your hard drive.
Save Your Images
I make sure I save every single image on my blog and website. I store these images on my computer, within organised folders so I can always refer back to them if necessary. If I have designed a graphic from scratch using Adobe Illustrator, I like to keep the Illustrator file as well as the PNG or JPEG formats.
You could also use a program like DropBox to insure you can access your files online as well as being saved to your computer.
Create a Visual Sitemap
Every time I change the layout of my website, I like to create a visual sitemap. I do this by taking screenshots of all the pages of my website, so I can remember the design and layout if anything ever happens to the site and I have to re-create it. I also think these are useful to keep as the design and branding of your website changes over the years, so you can look back on what it used to be like.
You can use a website called Snapito to take screen captures. Then just download them and save them to your computer.
Download XML file
The most important step to back up your Squarespace website, is to frequently download the XML file. To do this go to Settings > Advanced > Import/Export and click Export to Wordpress.
Unfortunately you can’t export and import content between Squarespace sites, so you can’t re-import this back into Squarespace if ever your site goes down. The best you can do is keep this file saved on your computer as a backup in case the Squarespace system ever permanently shuts down, in which case you could then import the content over to Wordpress.
Bare in mind, this doesn’t save the whole website, only the data you’ve published, which is why the previous steps are also important. If you’ve added custom CSS code to your website, I would also recommend you also copy this and have it saved to your computer as well.
I hope this post helped! Let me know what you think in the comments below.