Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Help! Blogger are going to shut me down!

Being the quick cookie I am, I only just realised that Blogger are closing down ftp webhosting blog support on the 1st of May. That means, this blog will no longer function!


While I have been away from blogging for a while, I was planning to get back into things this spring, so I'm not quite sure what to do. I would prefer to keep my blog here, and have all my old posts online (with comments) – perhaps I could use another programme like Wordpress, but that doesn't support personal domain publishing, nor will comments export over.

Any suggestions?


At 3/10/2010 12:22 AM, Anonymous Nathan said...

With a built in "import from blogger" function.

At 3/10/2010 12:22 AM, Anonymous Nathan said...

Hi, I've been subscribing for a while - don't think I've commented before - Wordpress will import all your comments.

At 3/10/2010 12:27 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi Nathan,
Unfortunately, Wordpress doesn't seem to recognise Chrisendom (I think because it is on a private domain). Do you know any solutions?

At 3/10/2010 12:53 AM, Anonymous Nick Norelli said...


Wordpress.org [not .com] should be able to accommodate you. You might consider emailing someone over there to see how it's all done.

Also, you might consider asking Doug Chaplin or Joel Watts if they can offer some insight since I know (or at least I think) they've both self-hosted with a Wordpress.org blog.

At 3/10/2010 1:05 AM, Anonymous Brandon said...

I host a few wordpress blogs on my site. Wordpress.org should import the blogger content. I could probably help you with some things, Chris, so feel free to send me an email.

At 3/10/2010 2:56 AM, Anonymous J. L. Watts said...


Wordpress.org is the best way to go, however, you can transfer your domain name to wordpress.com for a small fee.

Wp.org - you pay for hosting and domain name. (I pay about $100 a year, but I have lots of server space and several domains. I'm vain.)

Wp.com - you can use their free hosting service (which is limited, meaning you cannot put java scripts on your site, etc... but it doesn't prevent you from blogging) and pay I think 1o or 15 bucks for them using your domain name. If you look at Rodney's site, you'll see what I mean http://politicaljesus.com

He is using the free service, but paying the small fee for the usage of the domain name.

If you need any help, I would be more than happy to do it for just below the price of nothing. Something like -.34

At 3/10/2010 3:20 AM, Anonymous Mark Goodacre said...

It's easy to switch the blog away from FTP publishing to publishing on blogger. It will keep all the posts and comments. The only thing that is a bit of a pain is that the links within the texts of posts to your own materials will, of course, no longer work. When I switched over my NT Gateway blog, which was an FTP blogger set up, to a blogger blog, it took a couple of minutes, and there were thousands of posts. So I would just press ahead if I were you, without worrying.

I like WordPress too, and use of for the NT Gateway. But you could always migrate there in due course. I'd just encourage the straight switch over on blogger itself.

At 3/10/2010 4:30 AM, Anonymous Dr. Claude Mariottini said...


I am in the same situation you are. I have decided to move to WordPress. This means that I may need some help from Joel Watts or Brandon.

Claude Mariottini

At 3/10/2010 6:25 AM, Anonymous Brian Small said...

I just migrated my blog over to Wordpress and it was not difficult at all. However, I did have to go back and edit posts with graphics so that they would look right in Wordpress.

At 3/10/2010 12:02 PM, Anonymous Erik Aronesty said...

Script to migrate your site without changing the name, or losing non-blogger files, or losing any scripting support:


At 3/10/2010 11:02 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

THANK YOU one and all, this is most helpful.

At 3/11/2010 12:04 AM, Anonymous Doug Chaplin said...

Chris, let me know if I can help. I think Mark's point is a good one in the short term while you explore what you want your future use to be.

Most hosts (if you decide to pay for hosting) come with a one click install of Wordpress, although I'd recommend following the relatively simple instructions to install your own via ftp.

If you're looking at a host, it's worth looking at the smaller ones. Our parish site is hosted with Prime Hosting. Clayboy uses Clook.net. Both are good value in different ways.

You do have the tricky question of whether you want to keep a German domain name.

At 3/11/2010 1:55 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Thanks, Doug, I may well be in touch. Thanks or your help.

At 3/11/2010 3:47 PM, Anonymous Phil Sumpter said...

I have a dumb question: what is ftp publishing? I can't find an answer I can understand on the Internet. I have a standard Blogger blog ... I have no special private domain. Will I be affected by this? And what is the advantage of ftp publishing?

I appreciate any help.

At 3/11/2010 3:57 PM, Anonymous Dr. Claude Mariottini said...


Your blog will not be affected because you have a blogspot domain. However, check in your dashboard under publishing, if it does not say that you are publishing via FTP, you are not affected.

Claude Mariottini

At 3/13/2010 4:11 AM, Anonymous Dan D. Praved said...

"Any suggestions?"

Tell everyone you're bored with blogging, delete this blog, and start another one.

I know. Crazy. But it just might work.


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