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July 19, 2007

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Mary B.

Great, now I'm going to have nightmares! We still have dialup. (Phone wires to the winery are routed through our 95-year-old farmhouse, and we don't have a direct-line-of-site for sat reception.) I had no idea that Typepad does not backup their clients' blogs, or provide a feature to allow backup to a hard drive. Shocking.

Mary B.

Great, now I'm going to have nightmares! We still have dialup. (Phone wires to the winery are routed through our 95-year-old farmhouse, and we don't have a direct-line-of-site for sat reception.) I had no idea that Typepad does not backup their clients' blogs, or provide a feature to allow backup to a hard drive. Shocking.

tom farella

Thanks for this info. I would hate to think how I would feel had I lost all this stuff. In the spirit of blogging, I have just been banging the stuff out without a lot of concern over losing it, more worried about my own system crashing.

I love Typepad but, mostly, I wish there were more color choices for the design. Small gripe.

el jefe

well, I too had presumed that a near-ISP like typepad would have some sort of data redundancy built into their servers - at the very least, if a large number of blogs suddenly disappeared they would lose a lot of business, so I would think a basic backup strategy would be in their best interest!

However, I've always pretty much considered the content on EBT to be disposable - a month after I post something we've moved on to the next thing. The exceptions would be posts that have pictures of an event like out Cave Looting that we use to promote the next year's event. But even then I keep a local archive of all pictures I have ever posted (mostly to not repeat myself) so recovering that post would be easy.

And my design is not terribly sacred either - perhaps I would welcome the chance to start anew if something bad happened to the blog. (Probably not, but for now I'll choose that delusion...;-)

It ought to be relatively straightforward for typepad to offer a "zip up all my blog files and let me download the zip file" function. The hard part would be the restore... Tim over at winecast just turned me on to a service at crashplan.com which I will probably use to augment my business backups. If typepad could hook up with those guys maybe that would get us somewhere sooner...

Thanks for the heads up! I'm still happy with typepad, as long as they don't lose me...!

(tom - it's been a while since I messed with my design, but I think you can choose your own colors by typing in the six digit color code. Use a drawing program to design the colors and then copy the codes to typepad. That's how I recall doing the colors for EBT.)

el jefe

In light of the major outage (caused by a power failure!) at Typepad yesterday, this post becomes especially relevant!

tom farella

Thanks, jef, for the response to my gripe. I know enough about this to be dangerous now.And thanks, WWR, for your work!

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