Blogger announced tonight via email the end of their support of FTP. I started this blog way back in August 2006 and have been happily FTP’ing to this domain a fairly constant stream of drivel ever since. From 26th March I won’t be able to do this any more.
Now, Blogger are offering me free hosting on a custom domain. I suppose I could redirect to that but, and here’s the rub, I have so much content, particularly images, that are hosted on my domain already with full paths in the posts that I fear an attempt at migration could be, erm, long, laborious and perhaps ultimately unsuccessful. Maybe I’ll see if their migration tool helps with this, maybe not.
This is a bit disappointing really. Although there is much not to admire about this blog, I was happy enough with it not to tinker too much and I had chunks of custom stuff ( like the random header images ) and category support. So, I’d stayed loyal to Blogger despite beseechings suggesting I do otherwise.
Now Blogger have forced me to do what I should have done a while back and migrate the whole thing to WordPress. This won’t be entirely pain free (although I’ve done one Blogger to WordPress migration and it went pretty well ) but it’s not something I have much time to do right now. I’m hoping all my absolute paths to pre-hosted content will work well for me. So, for a while, I guess there will be a bog-standard WordPress theme here soon until I get some time to tinker.
I’m sure the good people of Blogger won’t cry to lose me and I appear to be in a bit of a minority so perhaps it makes some sense that they can’t be bothered with me any more. I should thank them really, I think the WordPress version will ultimately be better.
I may have a go at punting another of my Blogger blogs across to a custom domain just to see what happens…