I've gotten to the stage where I am getting a little worried about my online work disappearing or HP being taken down (I love it here, and as unlikely or as pessimistic as it may sound, it happens).
I know many of you would advocate backing up offline, and its a habit I should've gotten into earlier, but I was wondering whether a way for authors to export their articles offline could ever be considered?
I suggest that you check out the option - available in IE, Opera (and Firefox with an extension) - to save your hub as a "web archive" (.shs). This creates a single file with images, links and everything intact.
An important difference between the Web Archive format and the Save As Web Page Complete is that the Archive does NOT save images - it references them at their original source.
Whether that is good or bad depends on what you want, if course.
It also means that you can do File Open on a saved file and see it exactly as it was when you saved it whether or not the web version still exists. It is also much easier to move the page elsewhere as you have the images right there.
Of course it takes up more space and saves images you probably don't care about.
PC Unix, what you are saying differs from my understanding of Web Archives; indeed images appear to be embedded into the file itself. Right-click on any image, check properties, and you will see that the location is the local drive. The article referenced below also appears to support this understanding.
Links within images (such as your profile picture, for instance, which links to your HubPages profile) will still work interactively, meaning that if the source changes these links may no longer be operable.
I understood the information at Google Docs to mean that as long as documents are not shared (or only shared via a private link), they will not show up in the search engines. If your hubs did show up, I would be surprised.
Sure, why not use Google Docs? They recently improved their file storage mechanisms.
But I recommend that you create the Web Archive files that I mentioned above, then upload these to Google Docs. Clear the box that asks whether you want to convert the files to the Google Docs format. This way you will have a copy that is about as close to the original article as possible. You can even put several of the Web Archives into a zip file to make the job easier.
The article I referenced does seem to suggest the format is not universally compatible across all browsers. Working with IE and Opera it is my impression that these images are stored and handled locally within a single file.