How to backup (download) and restore Blogger Blog

Blogger is one of the top free blogging platform. As it is a free service,it has many limitation. One of the hurting truth of blogging is your blog can be deleted at any time, but it happens only if you don’t follow their TOS. As I know they will not delete blog, if their is no spamming .According to me this is not a limitation or disadvantage of blogger. This is a good policy to keep the blogosphere clean and spam free!

Lets come to point. By any mistake if your blog deleted or you only deleted the blogger account accidently then you will never get your blog content from the blogger team. All your hard work on that blog may get ruined. So it is a good idea to get the whole replica of your blog, i mean get a Backup.

How to Backup,Restore and Delete your blogger blog…?

Go to blogger and then login with your credential,then select the blog which you want backup.

Then at the left side Go to settings and then select other sub option.

Then at the top of the page you will get option like Export,Import and Delete option.

Here is all the option you want…

Use Export option to Get backup file of your blogger blog, which contains posts and pages. It doesn’t contains the Template of your blog. You will get a XML file of your blog to your local drive. You can use this file to restore your deleted or lost blog.

Use import option to Restore the blog using XML file.XML file which you downloaded through Export method.

Use delete blog option,in case if you want to delete your blog. But this action will not get executed suddenly. Blogger gives you a 6 months of time to decide whether you really want to delete or not… In this 6 months of period you can undelete the blog and continue blogging.

What is Blogging ? How to start a Blog or Website ?

Blogging is nothing but Expressing yourself or teaching in the form of letters, photos and Videos. The “Blog” is nothing but the place where you blogging. common blogs, photo blogs and video blogs are the formats of blogging. This is also similar to social networkingbut here your words matters most and all readers of your blog are interested in your thoughts and topics.
  • Personal Blogs – Its just your personal dairy which you are willing to show others.You update this blog with your daily activities, your interests, opinions, photos etc..We can find many celebrities, politicians and common people’s life stories in their blogs.
  • Brand and Company Related Blogs – These blogs are representative of their brands and companies in internet.These blogs will updated by the social manager or advertising department of that company.These blogs will focus on their products and New features. They collect the opinions from their users and manages almost all actions of company.
  • General Topic Blogs – This is the most famous and large sector of blogging. You can use these blogs to share whatever you know. These blogs are used to share the topics like News, Fashion, Technology, Gadgets, Cooking, How-to’s, Trading, Humor, Culture,Jobs, Marriage, Motherhood, Education, computers, Agriculture, Travelling, Tourism, jokes, poems, stories, Music, Movies, sports….and etc. etc. etc…..Choose any topic or niche which you are fascinated and start blogging. These whole thing left to your thinking and ability.

    What is the major difference between Blog and Website ?

    Before starting a Blog we should know what is the difference between Blog and Website.The main difference between these two is websites are not going to update periodically or daily and Blogs will update the content periodically or daily. Most of the active blogs update daily or thrice in a week.

    How start a New own Free Blog ?

    After understanding what is blog, If you are interested in starting your own blog with free of cost then i will tell you how to start it and how to manage it. The thing is you don’t need to pay for a blog actually, but if you manage it perfectly then you can earn money from your very own blog..! There are many platforms to start a Free Blog. Among them Word press and Blogger is popular because of their user friendliness and Easy to use options. If you are new to blogging then i suggest you to choose blogger platform. As it is a Google product you can simply sign into Blogger.com and start blogging. Once you get familiar with the blogging then you can continue with blogger or word press. Blogger provides you a HTML template and Word press provides Php Template. Until either you get some knowledge  about all these things don’t worry about Template design and customization.Once you have sufficient posts or content in your blog then you can customize your template to look attractively.

    Steps to Create a Simple Blog in 2 minutes with Blogger.com

    Go to Blogger.com.

Sign in with your Gmail id. If you don’t have create it or signup in Blogger only.
In the left side click on New Blog Icon.
Choose your Blog Title ( that is name of a blog ).
Choose the URL of your blog. It should be unique, don’t add numbers in it.
Choose a template whichever you like. Done! Your blog is Created.

After creating blog once look over at all the options and features. Blogger have a really simple navigation, though you can understand everything easily. After that Go to New post and then write anything you want and then publish it!

Why Blogger is better than wordpress for New bloggers ?

There are many platforms are there for blogging. But most competition is there between Blogger and WordPress. Both of the platforms are popular and have the equal reputation. WordPress is private company which is dedicated for blogging. Where many popular Blogs are hosted. Blogger is the Google product which is launched in the year of 2010.

Most of the people Start their first blog in blogger and after some time they will move to WordPress. Why because since wordpress is blogging dedicated company it updated daily with the lot of Themes, widgets and Tools. We can find more than 6000 widgets there. We can find everything readymade there. But also i suggest and prefer blogger for new bloggers , the reasons behind these suggestions are as follows…

 1. Easy to use Blogger web Interface

In Blogger.com since there is few options its very easy to understand the interface. No need to confuse between many options. In WordPress there are many features and options which new bloggers can not understand quickly. Those who familiar with the blogging they can understand easily but for newbies can’t.

  2. Easy to customize the template without programming knowledge

In blogger we can find the Template Customize option, where we can easily customize without knowing any programming knowledge. If you know something about HTML, then you can even edit the root template also. But in wordpress we have to use the predesigned themes or else we have to pay more than 30$ per year to customize the template.

  3. We have to buy a domain if we choose WordPress to apply AdSense

When we start a free blog then URL will look as ‘yoursite.BlogSpot.com’ or ‘yoursite. wordpress.com’. If you want to apply for AdSense to earn money from blog then you must have the higher level domain name that is .com .in .us .org etc.. But .BlogSpot.com is exceptional because since BlogSpot is a Google product.
We can find many blogs with .BlogSpot.com but .wordpress.com is very rare, because of Google AdSense policy. If you are ready to pay for domain then only go for wordpress.

  4. We do have the Hosting related knowledge

Once you login to the wordpress site you will come to know how much money they will ask for each customization. For all these risk self hosting is a perfect solution. If you yourself host the site then you will have the 100%  control over your blog. But hosting is not easy as you think. First of all we have to pay almost above 5-6$ for every month for hosting, and then we have to kept an eye on website uptime, downtime and all other technical stuffs. If you have null knowledge about all these things then you may loose your money with hosting companies. Until either you get all the knowledge Blogger is enough.

  5. Template modification is easier in Blogger HTML compared to php

Blogger templates are designed using HTML language and the wordpress themes are designed using php. Comparatively HTML is easy to customization but be careful and have a backup before customization. Once you go through the template program you will have a idea on simple modification.
Both of these platforms are good for blogging but if you are ready to invest something for your blog then choose the wordpress. Because if you ready to pay then you can customize template and all other things as you want, then You will definitely feel that paying is really deserves. But if you want a decent free blog with own possible customization then blogger is much more. Choice is yours..!

Blogger Template Customization – Things to know about

Blogger.com itself provides 20+ default templates. But most of the blogger’s will switch from those templates to custom templates very soon after starting blog. Even I have wasted ( not actually, I have learnt many things) much time in doing template customization. Template will surely impact on the blog viewers and readers. Most of the blog readers those who came from Google search will not read your all content,they will just scan your blog. If your blog template is impressive and responding then they may get interest in your blog and surf for other contents in your blog.

No doubt,template will play a main role in your blog bounce rate and even in SEO (Search Engine Optimization). If your blog has great and unique content but has a very poor template means it may get good SEO but surely it will decreases the number of readers. Blog template should attract the readers of blog and they should enjoy the navigation of your blog.

What we meant by Template Customization?

Basically Template Customization means making your blog look unique and different from others blog. We can find hundreds of blog on same niche. So it is very important to make your blog stand unique. Basic Customization includes Changing the color and size of background,header,post title,fonts and adding widgets etc… These are all done by Blogger Template Customize option and these are all require no programming knowledge. But the real Customization starts when you alter the source code of the Blog or HTML file. The real customization experience starts from there. Blogger current templates are developed using HTML and CSS programming languages.Unlike Word press Blogger will allow you to edit the source code of the template.We can develop or else alter the any template easily with these programming skills.The main theme of customization is to adding new features and altering the template layout to make viewers enjoy the posts.

Is that possible to customize the template without programming knowledge ?

Yes, you can do most of the editing with zero web designing knowledge.This is possible with the help of blogger template designing tutorial Blogs. They will teach each and every steps to do the blogger customization.But these customization will likely Blind customization skills.But no need to worry, after several time of editing you will come to know about these languages.I have advice of three blogs which really helps you to do it.

1. Blogger Buster – This blog is managed by Amanda Kennedy (Web designer).This is one of the best blogger template designing tutorial blog. Where she explains each and every steps of customization from starting.Another good thing about her is she responds to most of the queries and comments. If you want to custom your template from Beginning then this is the best tutorial for you.

2. My Blogger Tricks and Blogger Stop – These two are my loved blogs for blogger widgets. MybloggerTricks is managed by Mohammad Mustafa Ahmedzai and BloggerStop is managed by Divya Sai. These two blogs are constantly developing the unique and awesome widgets for the Blogger Blogs and their way of explaining is also a pretty cool.You may find hundreds of other blogs which provides blogger widgets but most of them are Copied from some other blogs.I truly hate those bloggers. Another thing about BloggerStop blog is they provide the content thieves list really that’s a cool idea!

There are many other blogs also there but I followed these blogs in my starting days of blogging so I listed them here.It doesn’t mean that except these blogs all are copied content blogs..! I hope these blogs will surely help you to do template customization.If you want any extra code or customs then simply Google it!

What are the disadvantages of Ready made blogs (downloaded) ?

Many of the Bloggers use downloaded or Ready made templates,One of the main disadvantage of those templates is you can’t customize them as you want and also changing every widget links,Social profile links is not a easy task and also most of those templates contains the broken links.It may effect your site in search engine results.Another thing is you have to give them a back link for from your blog.If you download any popular than blog theme than you may not feel the uniqueness.The images and java scripts are another problem in those templates.They may slow down your site loading time. We must take care of the SEO features also.If you try to customize these templates using any blog tutorial means most of the time you will never get the exact codes in your template.

Why I Suggest you the Minima Template to use for your Blog ?

Minima Template is Designed by Douglas Bowman for Blogger.com.When Blogger was re-designed and added many new features at that time they removed this template from their showcase.In Internet Most blogger tutorials are made for template code of Minima.If you are using Minima template than you can easily find all the code’s which are required to edit the template.Here is the Minima template download (Download Minima Template) and start to customize best of luck…
Blessings…