Time Machine – The Plugins

No this is not a blog post about Apple’s backup system. This is about a couple of pretty useful plugins for WordPress. One, which I’m pretty sure got it’s name from the Apple backup software, I’ve been using for quite a while. The other I just discovered the other day and thought would be kind of cool to have on the blog.

WP-Time Machine is a plugin that will create a backup of your WordPress install. It includes options to store your backup files offisite, with Amazon AW3 or Dropbox accounts. It’s a nice, easy way to create a backup of my site, files and database, and store it on my Dropbox account for easy access if I should ever need it.

Of course, I have to remember to go and make a backup, so it’s not foolproof. Let too much time go between backups and you’ll lose quite a few posts!

The new plugin I discovered is just plain Time Machine. It’s a little difficult to explain what Time Machine does, so if you’re reading this somehwere other than the site itself, you may want to click through and see it in action. On the right hand sidebar there’s a section titled “On this Day…” and then a list of posts that were published to the site on this day (within a day or two.) over the 10 plus years that I’ve been blogging here. I thought it would be a good way to highlight some of the old stuff, though I also admit to being a bit fearful of some rather poor writing from the time I was still figuring out this blogging thing will be resurrected. (Who am I kidding? There’s a possibility of poor writing, or statements that have been proven ridiculous, all through the history of this site!)

The lesson, as always, is that if there’s something you might want to do with your WordPress install, there’s probably a plugin that will help you.

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