Do we need to backup our Hubpages articles?
In the event of a crash, is Hubpages backed up regularly? Or maybe your account was hacked, or even, good forbid, you did something stupid/accidentally and got yourself banned, would you lose access to all your hard work?
I always backup my computer, but never really considered this until I recently started to exceed 100 articles ... that would be a lot of work to lose!
I write my hubs in WORD and then cut and paste to Hubpages - so I have a copy on my computer. I think it is a good idea to have a backup, just in case.
Like duffsmom, I too write my hubs in Word and then copy and paste them into the various capsules. I even keep a list of my references and the URLs for any videos I use. For people who write on other sites as well, it would probably be a good idea to keep copies of all that work also.
I'm thinking I should perhaps keep a copy of comments and responses since those would be lost if for some reason my hubs were lost, but that is a lot of work, so I haven't made a decision about it yet.
It's not enough to keep a backup of one's hubs on one's computer in case of a hubpages disaster. A computer disaster could occur and then it would be helpful to have all hubs backed up on a disc as well.
I think we should make backups of all our hard work, but I have yet to find a satisfactory method. I write on Word and then copy and paste, so I have the Word version, but I find that when I put up the Hub on the capsules, I always end up by tweaking some of it, and that's not on the word version. Now we have the "idle" status, which means more tweaks, and they are not registered either. I'm trying to organize myself to create a special pendrive exclusively for all this material. I also use Creative Commons photos, so now I'm copy-pasting the URL's on a Word page, specific for each hub, and that should also go on my pendrive. My desk-top computer is dual chore, so I have some security in that, I always save in the separate hard drive. But I'm still not satisfied, I'm trying to work out some practical fast method. I find that the tweaks are the most difficult to back up, I tend to forget to do it. All this needs organization and method.
I write all my Hubs within the HubPages interface, so I do not have a backup. That brings to mind, it would be a good feature for HubPages to put in so that we can export our Hubs as backup.
I'm thinking that HubPages servers are backup in the event of a hardware failure. Also in the event, like you say, the worst case scenario happens, and can no longer access the Hubs. The Hubs will still be in Google cache for a short time (a few days maybe) which can be accessed by site specific search of your HubPages subdomain using Google's "site:" prefix. Then click "cached version" in the search results to see the cached version.
I think the Hubbers commmunity needs to request and receive a clear answer from HP about their backup procedures, safeguards, etc. I suggest we all make a concerted effort to ask and get that answer.
Personally, I write everything in word like many other hubbers and then cut and paste. But that doesn't mean there is a copy of the entire hub -- pictures amazon, ebay capsules etc., which would be helpful of course. As we are talking about backups...I know there are lots of ways to do this. What has been most successful for me and gives me great peace of mind is using "Carbonite" (no I do not work for them).
I am a professor and I write on HP, so I have untold numbers of files and folders - 15 years worth of lectures, reports, syllabi, committee proposals, prose, poetry, correspondence, hub research, hubs in progress, etc. Losing it all would be an economic as well as a personal disaster.
For about sixty dollars a year, five dollars a month, Carbonite backs up my entire computer (music and pictures files as well) and stores everything on a secure site. They monitor and continue to back up new files or new material added to older files whenever your computer is on.
Backed up files appear with a tiny green dot up in the corner, ones in process of being backed up have a tiny yellow dot. And yes two years ago my computer suddenly crashed and I lost everything. New computer, called Carbonite, and they restores ALL my files. Not everything was in the right folder or organized exactly how I wanted, but restoring my personal organizational system took maybe eight hours total. Carbonite is so worth it to me.
As as business person I write all my articles in Microsoft office. These are backed by my internet service provider as well as DVD's. DVD back ups are done weekly, the ISP backs up daily.
I have no idea what hub pages would say. However do know no website can remain online as long as hub pages has without some kind of backup. The best servers only boast 99 percent up time and hub pages is well aware of this. They are not going to chance losing their income. Remember they make more than we do.
I will admit and this has surprised me; Never have I tried to log in to Hub pages and failed in the 20 months I have been publishing here. It is the only website this is true for in my experience.
To my knowledge there is no way to save a hub in its entirety. Pictures we use or videos we add would be lost if hub pages went down. I can't imagine re-posting even the sixty blogs I have published here and making them look like they did when they were first published.
If it was my only option I don't believe I would. I have no idea what a person with 3000 blogs or more would do. My guess is they would never all be republished.
Is there a clear answer on this yet? I have been reading various instructions and tips for over an hour and in over a dozen places about "backing up hub articles." I haven't found a suitable set of instructions yet. Many 2-3yr old tips not working.
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