Site backup is one of the most important tasks of webmasters, which will really help in emergency situation. Especially with a free site builders like Weebly it is essential to backup a site since there is even a possibility of the site being deleted due to violation in terms of services (this is applicable for both free and premium users).
How to Backup Your Weebly Site?
Login to your Weebly account and edit the site you want to backup. In the site editor navigate to “Settings > General” section.
Weebly Site Backup
Enter your email id under “Archive” section and click on “Email Archive” button. Backup of your Weebly site will be sent to the email address as a .zip file.
Weebly Site Backup Email
Last three backups are shown under “Recent Exports” which you can download by clicking on the corresponding link.
Weebly Backup Issues
Every site owner should keep backup of the site to restore it in an emergency situation. Backup is also important for migrating to other platforms and to avoid the fear of content loss. Unfortunately Weebly does not offer complete backup solution and site owners should aware of this fact to avoid unforeseen scenario after building a large site with Weebly. Below are some of the problems associated with Weebly backup.
Backed up .zip file can’t be uploaded back into another Weebly site, which defeats the very purpose of backup.
If you have a problem with current version of your site then the only way is to copy paste the content from your backup which is really time consuming if the site is larger in size.
Blog posts can’t be backed up. This is the reason why people should be away from Weebly blog; later migrating to another platform will become a real issue. Any unindented deletion of blog posts will result in irreversible content loss.
Site backup will have all images, which are not part of the published site. For example, if you have uploaded an image “example.png” and resized it to fit to your layout then Weebly stores two images – one is your original image and the other is with the modified size. Though the original image is not the one displayed on published site it will be still available with the backed up content. If you want to migrate your Weebly site to any other platform then you first need to cleanup the “uploads” folder in the backup under which all images are stored. This is not an easy task when you have thousands of images.
Tal.ki forum created with Weebly “Forums” element will not get archived along with your site content. So away from Weebly for creating a forum site.