How to Back-up a Google Website

Back-up of an important Google website is part of a disaster recovery program.

The original concept of disaster recovery plan is on IT infrastructure:

A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a documented process or set of procedures to recover and protect a business IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster. Such a plan, ordinarily documented in written form, specifies procedures an organization is to follow in the event of a disaster.

Abram, Bill (14 June 2012). “5 Tips to Build an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan”. Small Business Computing. Retrieved 9 August 2012.

I have a lot of important Google websites which I use for my Education for Health Development in the Philippines Program.   I need to back them up to avoid loss.   I usually back them up in a separate Google account.  At times, I back them up in a different website, in particular.  In the past, I started publishing free websites in Now, I don’t use anymore.   Nevertheless, I also have backed-up my important Tripod websites in and Google Sites as part of my disaster recovery program of websites.

How to Back-up a Google Website

Step 1:

Go to the Google account / website that you wish to back-up.

Click “Manage Site” after clicking the icon – more actions (upper right hand corner).

Click “Publish this site as a template.”

Create a file name for the template (any name that you can trace to copy, so jot down the file name you created).

Click “Save.”

Close the Google account that contains the website that you wish to copy or back-up in another Google account.


Step 2:

Open the Google account (separate one) that will host the back-up file.

Go to “Sites.”

Click “Create.”

Click “Browse the gallery.”  Type in the file name created for the template.   In a few seconds, the template will appear in the gallery.

Once the targeted template appeared in the gallery, click on it to select to copy.

Create a file name with a suffix of “bkup.” – Example: ROJ-OCIL-MDCMS-BKUP3

Then click “Create” or save.

Close the Google account that contains the back-up website.

(Note down the file name of the back-up website and its location in  your master registry of Google Sites.)


Step 3:

Go back to Google account / website that contains the template for back-up.

Delete the template (if you don’t want other people to copy it).

Close the Google account / website.


For your disaster recovery program of websites to be successful:

  • Make sure you have a master registry of Google Sites that you use to track all your Google Sites including the back-up websites.
  • Make sure you also have a back-up of this master registry and updated one for that matter in case the original one cannot be located or is destroyed by disaster.   Put this back-up copy in another physical location (other than your house or office) or in the cloud (in a secret location).

Note: you can also a back-up copy of your websites in your desk-top computer, laptop computer, or USB.  I have done this before. However, I find it too tedious to do and maintain, especially when there are revisions in the webpages of the websites.  I have abandoned this practice.  For important webpages that I publish on a daily basis, though, I do back them up in my USB.


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