It’s the end of the year and a good time to make an archival copy of your WordPress blog. It’s really a very simple procedure, but it could take some time depending on the size of your blog site.
In your workspace, choose the Tools > Export command. A screen similar to this will appear. Make sure the All content option is selected, then click the Download Export File button and sit back while your blog data is compiled into what WordPress calls an extended RSS file. The file will contain the data from all your posts, pages, comments, menus, categories, tags and more. It will not contain theme or platform data. You can look at the results in a text or HTML editor app, but it will appear more like a database than a web site.
While an end-of-year export gives you a text-based archive that will last as long as plain text is a functional data standard – it has been for more than 50 years – it’s also a good idea to export your blog site every quarter as a backup in case something should happen to your online blog site. Last year, I lost a veterans site I maintain because the hosting company’s servers where taken out by tornados. Fortunately, the site wasn’t updated often and I had a recent export that could be imported as soon as the host came back online.