David’s daughter makes use of a blog to report her little one’s lifestyles. He’d want to seize and keep it in more tangible codecs
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Hot Mess Mom blog: there are tens of heaps of ‘mommy bloggers’ however how many have backups?
Thursday 25 October 2012 16.08 BST First posted on Thursday 25 October 2012 16.08 BST
My daughter uses Blogger to preserve a incredible document of her little one’s “Life and Times”. This is all of the extra treasured to those with whom she shares it as she lives overseas. I worry approximately destiny-proofing this material and wonder when you have any recommendation on capturing the weblog and perhaps saving it in more tangible formats.
This is a extraordinary use of a blog, and there are masses of different ways you can preserve it. For example, you can shop each page as file and print the ensuing files in coloration. This could make the weblog handy offline and shareable in lots the equal way as snapshots, with the documents you have saved imparting a separate backup. Every browser must have a “File Save” recurring somewhere, or a “Save web page as…” command like Google Chrome.
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Both Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Opera provide an on hand way to do this: they permit you to shop pages in a standards-primarily based MHTML format. In IE, use the Save choice called “Web archive, single record (*.Mht)”. This saves a web page as an unmarried file as opposed to saving the page’s HTML as one file and all of the other elements — images, scripts etc — in a separate folder. (HTML, HyperText Markup Language, is the language used to create most web pages. The M comes from MIME or Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions. MHTML is shortened to.Mht to discover these documents.)
There’s also a Firefox extension known as UnMHT, which adds MHT record aid to Firefox. Another extension, Mozilla Archive Format, will save pages in either MHT or MAFF (Mozilla Archive Format File). You can get similar plugins for maximum famous browsers.
Another short manner to make a tangible file is to pick and replica a hefty chunk of the weblog and paste into a Microsoft Word record (docx). This will replica panels and images as well as text. The consequences tend to be a bit blended, however, every now and then it really works thoroughly. You also can try shooting each web page as an photo, when you have an photograph capture program a good way to photograph complete web pages, not simply the elements presently on screen.
Of course, if it’s a large weblog, saving or copying one page at a time soon becomes tedious. Also, saving person pages loses the shape of the blog. Programs referred to as “web site rippers” remedy each trouble through copying (ripping) whole web sites and downloading them to a folder to your PC’s difficult force.
Site rippers have been in trend in the early days of the internet, while people were paying by the minute to dial up and examine web pages on line. It becomes relatively brief and easy to tear a small internet site so that you should study it offline. Thanks to ubiquitous broadband, there’s not many names for that nowadays. Also, latest larger and more complicated web sites are harder to rip than easy HTML websites.
One survivor is HTTrack Website Copier, an open source site ripper that works on Microsoft Windows and Linux. There’s a YouTube video that suggests the way to use it. Spadix Software’s BackStreet Browser 3.2 for Windows seems easier to apply. There’s also the WinWSD WebSite Downloader, which you can down load from CNet and different websites, but the creator’s home page not works.
Things are unique in case you own a Blogger blog, or at least have a password to access the dashboard. In this example, you could visit Settings (the spanner icon), click on Other, and then pick out “Export blog”. This will shop a returned-up reproduction of the entire weblog in your hard force in XML (Extensible Markup Language) format.
It’s critical to try this in case you inadvertently run into a dreaded “policy violation” and Google deletes your blog. Note that to get a proper backup, you need to down load a backup reproduction of your blog’s Template as properly.
A Blogger backup isn’t very beneficial, but in case you double-click on the.XML report, it’s going to load into a browser, together with IE. If you scroll down past the difficult headers, you should find the readable textual content of every publish, but it’s no replacement for the original weblog. And even as you can import you .XML document into Blogger or the WordPress blogging gadget, you can nonetheless only examine it on line.
At this point, I’m stuck for an offer. One idea, which I have not tried, could be to install a copy of WordPress on your PC and import the Blogger backup into that. It’s quite loads of paintings and may not be worth the effort. Perhaps a reader can recommend a better concept for offline studying.
Finally, there are online offerings so as to again up a weblog, or convert it into an e-book or maybe a broadcast e book. Again, there can be limits on what you can do except you have got get entry to to the Blogger dashboard.
The BlogBackupr internet site will back up a weblog on a daily foundation, the use of its RSS feed.
ZinePal will convert a blog into a PDF report and into an e-book within the Amazon Kindle, Mobipocket, and ePub codecs. However, it will handiest convert 5 we blog posts except you sign on for the Pro model, so that you can convert 50. One book costs $5.
Booksmith will convert as much as 100 posts from Blogger or WordPress into an e-book, and provide you the hazard to buy a printed replica. However, you need to supply it your login and password.
BlogBooker will convert a Blogger, WordPress or LiveJournal we blog into a PDF ebook. This appears a respectable guess due to the fact you may add your Blogger backup (.Xml) document. However, the website online is “donationware” and, quite reasonably, requests a donation if you need to consist of photographs.
I attempted BlogBooker with an vintage blog and the result is quite ebook-like with an index on the front, special chapters for exclusive years, left/proper page spacing, headers/footers and so on. It also blanketed comments. With an automated spacing and layout machine, there are certain to be errors that a human editor might correct, however nevertheless, if you like the result, you may get the PDF revealed through Lulu. Either manner, it is higher than not anything.
I also tried PDF my URL, as it best entails pasting within the weblog’s web deal with. Almost right away, the site created a paginated PDF copy that gave the impression of my original Blogger site, with coloration panels etc. However, it handiest picked up the last 15 of sixty seven posts, and no feedback. If you want to adjust the settings, you have to join up for a paid subscription.