I logged into Blogger today and was notified by an alert that Blogger was getting rid of there FTP publishing support.
I was a little irked by that.
As a former web developer I really liked the FTP support. With FTP that means I can host my blog on my own server, and add some customizations to it that just aren't available through the standard Blogger hosting. Good examples are the recent Baden virtual tours. Those are just not possible with Blogger.
I was reading the posts about the end of life for FTP support and blogger says that only 5% of their users are using FTP to publish to hosting providers outside of google. However, the engineering resources to maintain the FTP support were much more than 5% of their engineering staff. That may be, but I still want my FTP.
I would bet that most of those geeky nerds in the 5% like me will not settle for migrating onto the google hosted platforms. I know I will be looking for other tools that I can use that are more flexible than the existing blogger tools.
For now, I am really looking at wordpress
. I have used it before with some pretty good results. I just loathe the process of rebuilding all my templates and getting all my publishing process setup again. I had so many things working well and now I am going to have to do some house cleaning I supposed. I am already creating a mental check list of things I am considering if I go to Wordpress from Blogger.
- Rebuild wordpress templates
- Rebuild Dreamweaver page templates for 'add on' custom pages
- Rebuild VRpano export templates for virtual tours
- Migrate Blogger posts to new platform
- Possible clean up of some existing posts formating
Good news is I did do some blog post migration testing this morning from Blogger to wordpress. It seems to work pretty well. The one glitch is I did have to go from Blogger, to a wordpress.com hosted blog, to a wordpress independent blog. That cost me about an extra 20 minutes in the migration process but things look okay so far.
May 1st. That is when blogger is going to turn off my beloved FTP, so I better start working on it. I've got 2 months. Be ready for a new look and feel. I think it might be time.