Article backup (export text option for authors)

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  1. thooghun profile image81
    thooghunposted 8 years ago

    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?

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Almost all browsers have a Save As Web Page option that will save the HTML and the pictures and everything else to files on your machine.   Firefox, Chrome, Safari, maybe even IE.

      You can then do File, Open and admire your work whenever you wish.

      1. thooghun profile image81
        thooghunposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for the heads up!

  2. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 8 years ago

    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.

    1. thooghun profile image81
      thooghunposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the help, I'll look into that as well.

      1. Pcunix profile image91
        Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        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.

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          Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          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.


          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MHTML

          1. Pcunix profile image91
            Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Well, I just did a grep of "img src" and it showed them pointing to the source.  When I "Inspect Elenent" it shows the sane thing.

            Possibly it is because I am using Safari on a Mac?  Maybe IE  works like Web Page Complete does?

            That's the problem with browsers - you can't tryst 'em!

            But -even if they were imbedded - the Web Oage Complete has them as easily visible files that you can manipulate by themselves.

          2. Pcunix profile image91
            Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I just checked that Wikipedia and it says what you said.

            BUT

            I used Safari to save a hub and then opened it with Safari, right clicked on an image nd asked to open that and it took me back to HubPages.

            If I do that with Chrome and its Web Page Complete Save, it takes me to a local file on my drive.

            Confusing stuff!!

  3. Reality Bytes profile image85
    Reality Bytesposted 8 years ago

    I just recently made copies of all my hubs at google docs pics and all showed up.  (Not shared).

    was this a good idea?

    1. profile image0
      Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. Reality Bytes profile image85
        Reality Bytesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Is this a good place to store docs.  i do not really have a pc per se.

        1. profile image0
          Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          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.

        2. thranax profile image48
          thranaxposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Usb drives or SD cards are ftw smile

          ~thranax~

          1. profile image0
            Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I agree, it is handier. Just don't lose them, and sometimes they do fail, so two backups is better than one.

  4. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 8 years ago

    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.

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Looking at it more closely, it does seem to imbed the images.  It just does strange things with a right click.

      1. profile image0
        Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks PC-Unix, it is always a pleasure discussing with you.

  5. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago

    Guys - write it in an off-line text editor and paste it in to hubpages when it is finished. Then do not throw your copy away. big_smile

  6. DonnaCSmith profile image91
    DonnaCSmithposted 8 years ago

    Really - what Mark said;o)

 
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