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How Do I Back Up a Page in Joomla?

One big feature that's missing with Joomla is an archive of previous versions of pages. WordPress has this feature but it's not glamorous - it could be much better but at least it's there. If you do want to have a backup of pages in Joomla, you can do it in the form of a workaround.

Basically, you have to grab a copy of the HTML code and save it locally on your computer in a text file. Here's how to do it.

  1. Go to the page you want to work on using the Article Manager.
  2. Go into HTML mode in the editor where you can see the HTML code.
  3. Select it all.
  4. Copy it.
  5. Open up a text editor on your computer. Something like Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac) will do it. MS Word will even work but there's the chance of there being some extra formatting coming along, so it's best to just avoid Word and use a text editor - don't even use WordPad since that can open in rich text mode.
  6. Paste the HTML into that text document and save it where you know you can find it later.

To restore a page, you will really just do the same thing but in reverse:

  1. Open that document we told you to save.
  2. Copy all the HTML.
  3. Go into the page you want to revert back to and go into HTML mode.
  4. Select all the code that's there and delete it. Make sure you got it all.
  5. Paste in the code that's on your clipboard.
  6. Go back to non-HTML mode and see how it looks.
  7. Save it.

Even this solution is not glamorous but it works and is a good idea to do if you're going to be doing lots of edits on a page and are nervous about changing it.

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