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How to Backup All Your Hubpages

Updated on May 12, 2012

Hi, I'm writing this hub because I've been guilty for all these years of never ever backing up one single hub. I guess it was just "too hard", or "would take too long".... so I kept putting it off.

The task of backing up my hubpages was always on the To Do List, I just never got to it.

Well, today I'm going to back up all my hubs - and give you a step by step tutorial to how you can back up all your hubpages easily too!

No technical expertise required... just a willingness to follow simple instructions.

Reasons to Backup All Your Hubpages

Some people start their hubpages by writing them first in Microsoft Word, or even Notepad. Personally I just start writing directly onto hubpages. I therefore don't have a backup - and there are a lot of you people out there that do the same as me :)

Here are some reasons to backup all your hubpages:

  1. What if ..... hubpages disappeared tomorrow? Now, that's unlikely, but you can't assume that things won't change.
  2. What if ..... you want to re-write your hubpages, but still want to keep the original until you've finished, in case you don't like your re-write?
  3. What if ... you want to read your hubpages, or review them, when you're not able to access the Internet?

It's just nice to know that you have a full copy of all your hubs safely tucked away, just "in case".

Scrapbook Firefox Addon

This uses a Firefox Addon called Scrapbook, so you must be using the Firefox browser for this to work.

  1. Launch Firefox, then go to to get the Addon.
  2. Click the large green "Add to Firefox" button 2-3" down the screen.
  3. There is a small popup window which announces "Install add-ons only from authors you trust". You'll see one Add-on in the box, click on this, then click on the "Install Now" button. Installation will take 1-10 seconds.

You'll need to restart Firefox before the Scrapbook Backup Add on is fully installed. You'll probably see a button that says "restart Firefox".

Right, now you're ready to use Scrapbook to backup all your Hubpages!

Step by Step to Backup All Your Hubpages

  1. Launch (start) Firefox.
  2. Login to your Hubpages account.
  3. Go to your "My Account" page which you'll find at
  4. At the top of your Firefox browser there's a new item "Scrapbook" on the top line. Click this and choose Save Page As.
  5. Give your backup a title. You might wish to create a new folder to keep this backup separate from others you might do in the future.
  6. Clcik to select "Depth of follow links" to be 1.
  7. Click on SAVE.

A small window will appear on your screen, you'll see a Pause button. Press PAUSE.

If you scroll down you'll see that the Scrapbook Firefox Addon will backup every page that the current page links to - the current page links to all your hubs, which you want, but also links to edit each of them and to various other hubpages pages, which you don't want.

Untick all the pages that you don't want backed up. You can now start the backup by pressing the button.

If you don't pause and untick the ones you don't want, then it could take you an hour to backup everything - and more than half of it isn't needed. You just want to back up your hubs, not all the other pages.

Once it's finished backing up, you can view your hubs by clicking on the Scrapbook item at the top of your Firefox browser. Once loaded, you'll see it's taken a snapshot of all your hubs exactly as they were when you did the backup - notice also that all the outbound links are still in place, but you're actually viewing these files on your own PC. Also notice that all the adverts are missing - giving you a nice clean hub backup.

Now you've backed up, you can backup each new hub easily, as you publish it. Just choose "Save Page" instead of "Save Page As" and it'll save your current hub in under 1 second.

I hope this helps somebody!

Using Evernote to Backup Hubpages Easily

I've recently started using Evernote - and for the non-techie types I believe Evernote might be a super-easy way for you to backup your hubpages easily.

Evernote is a free piece of software you can download to your PC. You can then use its easy web-clipping Firefox add on to literally copy the whole hub with one click.

The hub is then saved on Evernote on your PC - and also available online to you from any other device, or laptop or PC you have now or in the future.

So that's worth looking into.

This note is an update to my original writing as it's a new discovery I made and so it was worth telling you about using Evernote to Backup Hubpages.

Have You a Backup of All Your Hubpages?

We all mean to backup all our hubpages, but have you actually got round to it yet?

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    • Mellonyy profile image

      Mellonyy 5 years ago

      Good advice, but hope HubPages to stay forever, though.

    • Anamika S profile image

      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! This looks more easy to do. In fact I manually copied and saved all my hubs. It took me almost a month to do it.

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      Madurai 5 years ago from Online

      Yes, I thought of doing this manually, but you have provided fantastic tips. I will try it. Hope it provides me easier job. Thanks.

    • MobyWho profile image

      MobyWho 6 years ago from Burlington VT

      Great info and an even better reminder! Curious that all your commenters are men? Are they the same ones who don't put the top back on the toothpaste? Hmmmm.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your kindness to informa us of this imprtant information.

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      writeronline 6 years ago

      Sorry to take up more space, but I have to correct my answer above re pdf files. Not only quicker, but I just copied a couple of my hubs, and realised that the links do in fact remain active, within the pdf. Cheers

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      Chris Andrews 6 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      Thanks for the info. I generally save them as I write them, but this is a nice way to save your work.

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      writeronline 6 years ago

      This is good advice. As an even quicker alternative, as long as you're happy with a backup copy that's complete, bar the active links (I certainly am, I just want to make sure I have the final text on my hard drive), just go to the base of your published articles, and click 'print'. When the dialog box appears, don't select 'print'. Instead click 'make pdf'. This takes a nano-second; once it's done, select 'save' and file it in your own hub folder. No drama. No need for Firefox. Cheers.

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      SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

      thanks for the useful tip.Much appreciated.Have a good day.

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      Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      I got a lot from your work.Thanks.

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      Multiman 6 years ago

      Grat Idea, I have a group to update then I will back up a lot of stuff thanks,

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      Charlu 6 years ago from Florida

      Great idea Something I've thought of but never realized how easy it could be with Firefox. Thanks voted up/useful and bookmarked

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      futurenetads 6 years ago from india

      Very useful information for hubbers.Tq