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How to Backup Your Hubs

Updated on January 11, 2018
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

In the discussion forums, some hubbers have recommended different schemes to backup hubs. I have discovered a simple way to save your articles on HubPages.

- Aug. 2017

Background

Data backup is a common practice. When you spend a lot of time creating an article, you don't want to loose them. HubPages is a business. It exists to make a profit. When it succeeds, everyone associated with it succeeds. If it fails, unfortunately, the website would be shut down. To protect your precious content, it is recommended that we perform a periodic backup of all our articles.

What method is best? Some hubbers have suggested keeping the text in Word format as a file. Others have suggested printing out each article on paper. Another speak of using an app called SiteSucker to capture the whole page along with all its contents.

Mozilla Firefox browser has an add-on called Scrapbook which does something similar. However, having tried it, it seems to be a little unpredictable. I found some hubs does not get saved properly and missing some images.

Sitesucker for Mac

My Preference

I have come up with the best solution. I like the add-on on Firefox called PDF Mage. This app allow you to create a PDF file of the whole article including text and photos and comments. This file is printable.

This is quick and easy to use. First, install the add-on. Just load your page with firefox, make sure all elements are loaded and press the PDF Mage icon on the action bar. It will create a file and save it on your local disk drive.

Here is one example of a PDF file backup of one of my articles on OneDrive. The original HubPages article is here at Wonderwisdom. Compare the difference.

The only disadvantage I found so far is the youtube video. It won't allow you to click on it. You have to go to the Youtube site directly to view.

A word about ease of use. When you have hundreds of hubs, having a process that is easy to use is paramount. Also, having one file instead of tens of little files of various file types is very confusing. I use the PDF as more or less a compromise.

PDF Mage

Summary

It is prudent to perform backups. Keep a copy of your HubPages article in PDF file format will protect your valuable contents.

© 2017 Jack Lee

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    • JenniferWilber profile image

      Jennifer Wilber 

      7 months ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I write my hubs in Word before publishing them on HubPages, and keep the images that go with them in separate folders on my computer for each article. I haven't considered backing up my complete Hubs with all of the other capsules (YouTube videos, polls, Amazon products, etc) though, since I make those capsules last, but maybe I should.

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      12 months ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I just email myself a copy of the URLs of my images.

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      12 months ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      It's a slow process, but I'm slowly capturing the URLs of the images and putting them in a separate email (although I'm not worried about them ... they can always be changed. In fact I'm seriously considering taking all my hubs off Hubpages and publishing them elsewhere. Hubpages only seems to care about new hubs ... not old ones. Most of my hubs are opinions involving history. They don't require updating. You can't update the Gettysburg Address (or most of my hubs.)

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      That's a good way to do if it is mostly just text. What do you do about images?

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      12 months ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I prefer emailing myself a copy of the text of my hubs. Also, print out a copy and post it also in a word document. My old hubs are old newspaper columns that are on micro fische at the Norwalk Public Library (at least they were a few years ago.)

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