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You’ve spent countless hours researching, writing, and formatting your blog posts. And one day, they just disappear.

It happens. A server crashes, a database becomes corrupt, a hacker wreaks havoc on a site.

If you are “self-hosting” your blog (meaning, you have purchased a hosting plan from a hosting provider and installed and configured your own blogging software), you have ways to protect yourself against this kind of heartbreaking loss. Using plugins or extensions, you can schedule automated backups which are safely kept off-site or on another server, protecting them from loss.

Unfortunately, if your blog lives on a third-party hosting platform, like Blogger or WordPress.com, you don’t have any loss protection. Of course these tools will have some redundancy protections in place but, sometimes, things go terribly wrong.

In “Dude, where’s my blog,” WPArena discusses what happened to a blogger who lost their posts and asks what the user can (or can’t expect) in terms of customer service from a free provider.

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