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Blog Audit Challenge 2021: November Challenges (Security)


Blog Audit Challenge 2021: November Challenges

Blog Audit Challenge 2021

Welcome back for another month of challenges for the Blog Audit Challenge 2021! I hope you did well with the October challenges. Remember to link up your progress in the October Linky. 

Each month we'll concentrate on a different area of our blogs.

The Challenges:

January- The Competition
FebruaryLegal Aspects
March- Branding 
June- SEO 
September- Readability 
November- Security
December- Know Your Stats

Monthly link ups

In order to keep us all on track, and give us a way to see each others progress, I'll be hosting link ups on the first Saturday of every month where participants can share their links and discuss their progress. 


November Challenges

Our focus for November is on security.

The November challenges:

1.  Back Up Your Blog 

What would you do if you lost all your blog content? Not something you ever want to have to think about but the possibility is out there so be prepared. 

All you need to do is create a back up of all your blog content, pages, and comments. This way if the worst thing ever happens you can install it all on a new blog is needed. 

It's a good idea to get into the habit of backing up your blog regularly. 

On Blogger creating back up files is easy.

Back up your blog content

To get an .xml file of your blog’s posts, pages, and comments:

  1. Sign in to Blogger.
  2. At the top left, click the blog you want to back up.
  3. In the left menu, click Settings.
  4. Under "Manage blog," click Back up content and then Download.

Save a copy of your blog's theme

  1. Sign in to Blogger.
  2. At the top left, click the blog you want to save.
  3. In the left menu, click Theme.
  4. At the top right, click More More and then Backup and then Download.

The process of backing up your blog on Wordpress is very similar. On your dashboard just go to tools and click on export. 

Task 1: Back up your blog

You might also like: The Ultimate Guide for Book Bloggers 

2. SSL Certificate

SSL, more commonly called TLS, is a protocol for encrypting Internet traffic and verifying server identity. Any website with an HTTPS web address uses SSL/TLS. - cloud flare

It's much better for your site url to start with HTTPS instead of HTTP. 

A non-SSL site will send log in details in clear readable form to the server. Sites that use SSL send all data to and from the host server securely in encrypted form.

Using SSL is also better for your website SEO as Google has now prioritised HTTPS sites in their search results.

The good news is that a lot of hosting plans provide HTTPS certificates for free. 

Task 2: Make sure your blog has a SSL certificate.

Don't forget to promote your participation in the Blog Audit Challenge 2021 by using the following graphic in any blog posts you do connected with the challenge along with a link back to this site. 

Blog Audit Challenge 2021: A Challenge for Bloggers

Save the Date:

The monthly link up post for sharing your November progress will be on 4th December. The December challenges will be posted on 1st December. 

Blog Audit Challenge 2021 November Challenges (Security)

How often do you back up your blog? 

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  1. I have to admit to never having done a backup of my blog, you'd think I'd have learned my lesson having to start it from scratch after a hacker wiped me out. For Shame!

  2. I'm lucky that the hosting I have does a daily backup of my blog. I was doing well doing my audits for the year but the last 2 months have been so hectic I've hardly done a thing. Great post, thanks for sharing.

  3. It had been a while since I did a backup. I am not too worried as my host does a daily back up.