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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Who's affected?

There has been some confusion in the comments about who is impacted by the announcement that we're deprecating FTP on Blogger. The easiest way to determine if you're affected is to go to Blogger, select "settings" for your blog and click on "publishing". If you're on FTP, you'll see something like this:


A bit more information:
  • If your blog URL ends in "blogspot.com", you are not affected
  • If you don't see "You're publishing via FTP" (or "You're publishing via S/FTP") when you go to "Settings | Publishing", you are not affected

102 comments:

  1. Rick,
    If I happen to own the domain where I've been blogging through FTP, will I be able to keep using that domain for my blog?

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  2. Unrelated to this particular post (don't know where else to ask this question): if I use the Custom Domain option, will I be able to retain the custom layout I currently have, or do I have to use some pre-made Blogspot layout?

    I really wish you guys weren't doing this. It's so distressing, having to drastically change something I've been doing for a decade.

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  3. @Brian Sorgatz
    Hi Brian, I'm an engineer on the Blogger team and wanted to answer your question.

    Yes, if you own your domain, you can move it to use Blogger's Custom Domain hosting. You retain full control over the domain (can move it wherever you like in the future), but Google's servers will host your blog/domain instead of your current FTP host.

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  4. @John
    Yes, you will be able to keep your current blog layout. FYI: FTP blogs use "Classic" templates, while custom domains can use your choice of classic or the newer "Layouts" templates.

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  5. Does this mean I will no longer be able to have the url of www.sally-jane.com/blogs? If it does then there really is no point in my continuing as I want something that appears to be a part of my web site.

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  6. I have the same question, Sally. If I'm reading this announcement correctly, I can't use http://www.bluecorncomics.com/newsrock.htm as my blog's URL anymore. Problem is that my blog, my website, and other blogs and websites refer to this specific URL several thousand times, at least. Changing to something such as http://www.newsrock.com is not an acceptable option.

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  7. Does the Custom Domains setup also let you view only your last 5,000 postings, as the Blogger UI does now?

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  8. I'm sorry, I think I understated the problem. All my blog posts have URLs such as this:

    http://www.bluecorncomics.com/2010/02/xxx.htm

    There must be 50,000 to 100,000 links to these posts on my site, on other sites, in Facebook and Twitter, and on and on. Would going to a Custom Domain mean every one of those links would become invalid?

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  9. Rick,

    Will the CSS graphics still be available from Blogger after the change? Or, will all old FTP blogs created by Blogger become disaster sites for visitors? Moving to a custom domain is not an option for me, but if the old blog posts will continue to display properly, that's half the battle. Otherwise, I envision hand recoding five years of blog posts for one of the web's most popular publishing blogs, something that will take me months if my shoulder holds out.

    Morris

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  10. The first sentence of the post reads:
    "There has been some confusion in the comments about who is impacted by the announcement that we're deprecating FTP on Blogger."

    dep⋅re⋅cate

    –verb (used with object), -cat⋅ed, -cat⋅ing.
    1. to express earnest disapproval of.
    2. to urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.).
    3. to depreciate; belittle.
    4. Archaic. to pray for deliverance from.

    Did you mean to use another word?

    I bet the NSA could figure out a way to make the FTP continue to work!

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  11. Rick,

    BTW, I tried the Blog "Export" function to see if it would give me something easier to work with then manually editing every existing post. It doesn't include all the blog posts, punked out at some point in 2006 in my case, I don't know if that's a number of posts or character limit.

    That's just a technical note, I don't think the exported blog (no links or paragraph formatting) would do me much good even if it was complete.

    Morris

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  12. Emory:

    They meant defintiion #3, below:

    dep·re·cate (dpr-kt)
    tr.v. de·pre·cat·ed, de·pre·cat·ing, de·pre·cates
    1. To express disapproval of; deplore.
    2. To belittle; depreciate.
    3. Computer Science To mark (a component of a software standard) as obsolete to warn against its use in the future so that it may be phased out.

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/deprecate

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  13. Rick, I have the same question as Rob and Sally T. I have a domain that I will not transfer wholesale to Blogger - it includes a database, php content, etc. It has ONE page - www.domainname.com/news.html that is an FTP blogger page. The layout and navigation of this page matches the website. What happens when I go to custom domain? Will I be able to host a single page with blogger, with a design and navigation that matches my website (hosted elsewhere) with navigation that matches my website so that it is appears as a seamless news page? And what will be the URL of this page?

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  14. I'm beginning to wonder if we are being ignored. There certainly doesn't appear to be many answers offered for our questions.

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  15. So it seems urls like owndomain.com/blog.html will not longer be possible?

    Because that sucks.

    A lot.

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  16. So, the "Do No Evil" mantra doesn't apply to Blogger.

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  17. @Sally T

    At the moment, your primary blog URL will change from www.sally-jane.com/blogs to [up to you].sally-jane.com.

    There are several options that might make this far less intrusive than it sounds.

    Let's say users have www.sally-jane.com/blogs bookmarked. You could keep www.sally-jane.com/blogs completely hosted on your existing FTP host and put a meta http-equiv="refresh" content="2;url=http://blog.sally-jane.com" tag in the header of your homepage. This would redirect users to your new location after 2 seconds. The "2" is adjustable. I'm fairly certain that setting it to "0" will make it an instant redirect for your users. You could also go the more complex .htaccess route to cause your FTP host to serve an http-301-redirect.

    Please also note that my example "blog.sally-jane.com" is completely up to you. You could choose www, blog, www2, newblog, sally, whatever you like.

    I really hope this helps and do ping back with questions.

    -- Noah (Blogger Engineer)

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  18. @Rob

    Hi Rob,
    For your first question about existing links to http://www.bluecorncomics.com/newsrock.htm, you have a couple options. First, you could keep your current URL hosted on FTP and do the meta refresh trick (or more advanced .htaccess option) I mentioned above in the comment to Sally T.

    A second option worth trying is to make a new CNAME (subdomain) of your choosing. Let's say you choose "files.bluecorncomics.com". You could point that CNAME at your existing FTP host and point www.bluecorncomics.com at Blogger Custom Domain hosting. You would then set the Blogger missing files host to files.bluecorncomics.com. Any time users would come to Blogger servers looking for your old posts, files, or homepage (example you gave of http://www.bluecorncomics.com/2010/02/xxx.htm is perfect), if Blogger didn't have a page to serve it would send the user a 301 redirect. This will be fast and nearly invisible to users.

    On to your second question about 5000 posts.

    The 5000 post limit exists only in the Blogger.com posts UI, where bloggers view their posts to edit/draft/delete posts. There is no difference in total post limits across blogspot, custom domain hosting, or FTP blogs.

    I really hope this helps your concerns / helps you get started. Please let us know if you have questions.

    -- Noah

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  19. If you want to avoid migrating and also Wordpress php/mysql, etc (the reason some of us ftp via blogger anyway), then re-create your blogs as html pages by cutting and pasting your index and template pages.

    It should be relatively easy to develop an html cut and paste system for updating.

    For SIMPLE blogs, this is a work-able self-serve, non-php/non-database solution.

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  20. I'm still very frustrated. :( I have over 30 clients currently using blogger to edit a blog on a PART of their website. In otherwords, ClientSiteA.com/blog.htm, or ClientSiteB.com/blog.php. No one seems to be able to explain how these configurations will be possible in the future. Anyone? Anyone?

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  21. If anyone has suggestions for another platform let me know http://audio.innerurban.com needs a new home. A ASP.net blog solution would be fine. BlogEngine.Net is my likely canidate.

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  22. This sucks! First of all Google claims that this only affects 0.5% of users...Anybody know how many users they have? That could be a MILLION people. It certainly affects me. I have a custom domain for my ecommerce site with a blog to attract customers. Does Google expect me to move my whole site to their servers? Not to mention how complicated the switch will be, the possibility of losing links, clunky redirects, etc. I get a headache just thinking about the switch. I have almost 6 years worth of posts...Galactically Stupid Google, Galactically stupid.
    -Lou "The Transplant Athlete"
    http://www.cycling-videos.com/blogger.html

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  23. My question is similar to John's. We have a site with three blogs attached, in addition to many other informational pages. The blogs have url's like site.com/blog.

    Are you saying that the new blog page will have a url like blog.site.com, and that I can put a redirect from the former url to that?

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  24. This is a very sinister move. I don't buy the FTP explanation. How difficult is FTP for heavens sake? This is a put-up job to force us all to use Blogger/Google's own servers so they can control the content. OK, so I'm not paying to use the service. I'd be happy to do so in view of the fact this is going to cause me shedloads of work. It is simply technically impossible for me to move my stuff!!!

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  25. Dear Noah

    I don't want to move to owndomain.com because, um, that's where my website is. It *is* intrusive. Very intrusive. So I take it the answer to those housing blogs at owndome.com/something.html is basically "stuff you, we don't care'?

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  26. All,

    Thanks to being ignored, I found the answer to part of my question in a previous post which states that all of the Blogger graphics, etc, will remain available to older blogs.

    http://blogger-ftp.blogspot.com/2010/02/for-blogs-that-are-no-longer-updated.html

    So for those of us with blogs on our domains with no interest in changing the address, all we have to do is adopt new blogging software or go to manual formatting in HTML, which will be my own preference. The old posts will continue to draw whatever they draw from search and send visitors to the main page of the blog, not much is lost other than archive continuity.

    Morris

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  27. I'm moving my customers over to Wordpress so they and I never have to deal with this BS again. See ya, Google.

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  28. I'm completely confused. I'm already having trouble with archiving on my blog, but now I'll have to "move it to use Blogger's Custom Domain hosting", and "retain full control over the domain (can move it wherever I like in the future), but Google's servers will host the blog/domain instead of my current FTP host."

    I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THOSE WORDS MEAN!!! I do know that I'm using an FTP server, but seriously, I'm website illiterate. I built my custom blog 6 years ago and have forgotten everything I temporarily learned. Unless someone comes to my house and does this for me, it's not going to happen and I'm going to be REALLY pissed off.

    I have no idea how this is going to effect my blogging activities in practical terms, or in any other terms, what this will require me to do differently, how the reader might notice a difference, or anything. Maybe I'm in the minority, but this sounds daunting.

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  29. Rick or Noah,

    What would be useful would be for Blogger to offer a redirect for comments on old blog posts for those of us who won't be making the move. Otherwise, I assume people trying to comment on my posts will either end up at an error page, or they'll be allowed to enter the comment but I won't have the ability to publish it.

    Morris

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  30. @Karen Pelland

    Hi Karen,
    Keep in mind that we will release a migration tool to make this easier for you (and others). Although some users are migrating successfully now, you can wait for the migration tool.

    What I meant by "retain full control over the domain" is that you will continue to own and control your domain. Let's say you own the domain karen.com. You currently have that domain pointed at your FTP web hosting provider. Part of the migration to Blogger Custom Domain hosting will be to point your domain at Blogger's servers instead. There are detailed help articles on this with step-by-step instructions and screenshots of how to do it on the most popular ISPs / Domain registrars etc. One related help link is: http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=58317

    Please do come back to this thread or the Blogger forums with questions.

    Thanks,
    Noah

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  31. When? Because many people may learn, as i pre-emptively did, that the migration tool will not work for them. So it would be nice to offer this tool some time before, well, March 26th.

    For those who will not be able to recreate their existing url I would suggest providing a post on how to make a redirect page.

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  32. Okay, Noah. Can I ask a very specific question and get a very specific answer?

    My Blogger blog is located at www.mydomain.com/news.html. I use GoDaddy to host www.mydomain.com. I will not move www.mydomain.com from GoDaddy to Google. Please take that as an absolute.

    Now, given this information, here is my question:

    Can I create a new blogger blog at this URL - www.news.mydomain.com - WITHOUT moving my hosting service from GoDaddy to Google. Please answer this specific question.

    Once I understand the answer to this question then I may have a question about CNAMEs.

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  33. Since getting the cxl news, I've tried to migrate my blog but having two major issues (the rest I figured out through a lot of trial & error). First, I have a custom template and the spacing is off about half an inch from the top; second, how can I link out in the template section to another page? I figured it out for my footer (terms, privacy, etc.) but it doesn't work on images. My images are supposed to link to another page. TIA.

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  34. I have 5 blogs affected and each one has had a different solution.
    Here is one solution that may be of interest.
    I have finished sorting it out, I think, but I have not tested all the links.

    http://winhelp3.blogspot.com/2010/02/this-blog-has-moved.html

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  35. @Coach Marshawn Cherry

    I'll try to answer your question as best I can, as there are two ways I can read it.

    Let's start with the understanding that you want to create a new Blogger blog at www.news.mydomain.com. The only way to do this using Blogger is to use Blogger Hosting, to host your new CNAME (subdomain) of www.news.mydomain.com. You can keep your existing site, content, files, etc, hosted at GoDaddy.

    Thus, your existing site of www.mydomain.com will continue to be hosted on GoDaddy. Your new CNAME of www.news.mydomain.com will be hosted on Blogger.

    Does this make sense / work for you?

    Thanks,
    Noah

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  36. Rick I am currently running a blog with FTP, I'm weighing my options as far as what to do. But I have another blog www.souponmyfly.com that I bought for 10 bucks through google -- problem is it won't work unless I have the "www" before it. Is there a way that it can be changed to work without the http www?

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  37. I'm just starting to get up to speed on this but I've already decided that this attack on ftp bloggers by google is
    a) abritary
    b) NOT customer friendly and
    c) selfish on the part of Google (and all of its billions of dollars)

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  38. @schmuckraker - you can set souponmyfly.com to redirect to www.souponmyfly.com . To do that go to Blogger > Settings > Publishing and check the redirect option and save the settings

    @Noah - the permalink structure of the archive and label pages are different for FTP publishing and custom domains. So when we make a move, the google indexed archive and index pages would give 404.( eg: Google site search results ) . Would be great if you guys do some fix to 301 these broken links to the corresponding new archive/label urls.

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  39. I don't know where else to ask my question, so I hope this is ok...

    I created my blog years ago, hosted at a subdomain (call it http://mydomain.com/blog) and published via FTP. A few years later i created a second domain (call it mybloggingdomain.com) and pointed it directly to the blog, so that mybloggingdomain.com points to the same content as mydomain.com/blog. I still get traffic via both domains.

    I think I would be ok with changing mybloggingdomain.com directly to be a blogger "custom domain" and then putting a redirect at http://mydomain.com/blog -- although if people come to my site on a specific page in mydomain.com/blog, I'm not sure how / whether the redirect would take them to the correct page in the custom domain. I'm also concerned about broken links since I have lots of cross-linking within my blog.

    Can someone recommend an approach for me, and walk me through the steps to convert?

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  40. I don't understand this move at all. Is this the google I know? I will definitely say goodbye to google if google pursues this. My domain is my identity, I will never bring it to the blogger domain. The redirect option is not a option.

    This is very very frustrating, I can't believe it's only 0,5 % of the bloggers. I think the majority of the blogspot accounts contain maybe 1 or 2 blogs of people of once tried it. The FTP domains are the most active.

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  42. I've moved my blog to Wordpress. The whole process took less than half an hour. See

    http://benfrain.com/notepad/2009/04/migrating-from-ftp-based-blogger-to-wordpress.html

    I stopped after step 4, leaving my content hosted at blogname.wordpress.com. I then pointed my domain name to the new Wordpress blog (which cost me $10).

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  43. This is terrible news!! Blogger is not the only entity that publishes content to my domain. I have a large number of directories on my web server, many of which contain content that was never placed there by Blogger. You guys have to consider that a domain can be used for more than just Blogger content.

    If I move to a Custom Domain, will I be able to publish random files to random directories on the domain? I'm talking about content that is not generated as part of a blog post and that has nothing to do with Blogger. For example, could I move my blog from www.sassansanei.com (hosted on my own web server) to www.sassansanei.com (hosted by Blogger via Custom Domains) and ALSO place a file at www.sassansanei.com/directory/subdirectory/filename.html?

    Thanks,
    Sassan

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  44. Oh, and what about email sent to randomaddress@mydomain, is that affected in any way if I move from my current host to a Custom Domain by Blogger?

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  45. @Sassan Sanei
    You can keep email to randomaddress@mydomain.com going to you current provider. Unless you explicitly change it in your DNS provider's DNS dashboard / control panel, it will just keep going where it is currently going.

    Hope this helps,
    Noah

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  46. Answer the other part of Sassan's question about file directories.

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  47. Noah,

    Like most of the people who have commented, I have websites that have a single blog page which is updated via blogger, and lots and lots of static content pages related to the business that are generated by me. Please let me know if I understand this correctly, and maybe this can help others in the same situation... I create a cname on my DNS records for something like blog.mydomain.com and point that to the blogger servers that will now host my blog pages (while my A name and other cnames continue to point to my main hosting server). From my own server I can update (in my case, at least) my .htaccess file to have a redirect for anyone typing in www.mydomain.com/blog to resolve as blog.mydomain.com and thereby 1) send them to the correct blog page, and 2) preserve any outside links pointed to my blogs. Though, that does present the problem where someone linking directly to one of my posts (i.e., www.mydomain.com/blog/2010_01_09_archive.html) will get a 404 page. How do I resolve that? I'm loathe to do a redirect for every single post hosted on my server, and would prefer that all posts are held in the same location.

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  48. If I migrate my Blog, will I still be able to update by sending an email to a dedicated email address, with photo(s) attached?

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  49. What about allowing reverse-publishing? It could solve the issue on both sides, allowing you to remove FTP while keeping the option of self-hosting for users.

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  50. I have the same question as Sassan. Blogger published directly to my index page. I also have other, static content on my hosting server. Does that mean I have to redirect users? Changing CNAME records for the www doesnt help for the top level domain. eg http://www.example.com is different than http://example.com.
    In my instance blogger publishes to http://example.com with links available to go to the static pages that are not generated by blogger.
    I appreciate the FREE service that blogger provides, and I know that .5% of users (which could be thousands of active users) do use FTP.
    I like to control the hosting and the files on it.

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  51. Secondly, If a blogger server goes down, (11/4/09) (1/19/10) that means if you switched from FTP to custom domains, (and the index page is done by blogger) then it would appear as if my site is down.
    By PAYING a hosting service, I have an up time guarantee, and if THAT goes down, I can CALL someone and get issues resolved. If I leave that to Google, I'm stuck in some forum watching a blog get updated.

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  52. Hi Rick,
    thanks for the heads up...am totally terrified to screw withmy settings...i remember it as a nightmare to set up...i make my entire familiy's living off the web...dont want to slit my own throat...am like a deer in headlights now...scared immobile...what do you suggest?...Hunter http://www.magicmud.com/blog.htm

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  53. Having a bit of a problem, I have over 3,000 posts FTP-ed to my site, but I have easyspace.com, and they won't let me change my main page to direct to google -- they only will set up a sub domain. While I can do that, I would then have to create a new site on blogger-- I want my same site right now.. Is there a way to move all 3,000 posts to another blogger site??

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  54. So where's the answers to all these recent posts?

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  55. Google do have the answer to all this.

    You go to their excellent search engine page (I believe it is at www.google.com)

    and type

    alternatives to blogger

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  56. I am not happy with this news.
    At least google should give people the option of migrating, NOT forcing them to do so.

    Google, what does it cost you to keep the current FTP publishing?

    This service is mostly used by webadmins and webdevelopers... you really do no want to loose those as users, as they are the ones that decide trends in the online world!!!!

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  57. Now, I can't have one domain name function both as a site and a blog. (E.g. my domain.com=site mydomain.com/blog=blogger blog). Can't you guys just stop new requests for FTP and let us current ftp users keep our blogs at our own sites?

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  58. @moviemkaerrules

    Hi,
    You can keep your existing Blog at it's current host and url, but you will not be able to update it via Blogger.

    Thanks,
    Noah

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  59. @schmuckraker

    Hi,
    Regarding your question, "Is there a way to move all 3,000 posts to another blogger site?", I think the answer is yes.

    You can easily export all of your posts, comments, and current template to an xml backup file. Once done, you can create a new blog at either [your choice of subdomain].blogspot.com, or any custom domain you own/purchase. You will then import from your xml backup.

    Full help article is here: http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=97416

    Thanks,
    Noah

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  60. @Noah
    Will others be able to comment on my blog?

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  61. @JC Carter
    Great question. Summarizing for others, "What happens to links to my existing blog posts, that will not be identical on my new blog domain".

    I don't have the full answer at the moment, but we are working on addressing this with the FTP migration tool coming later this month.

    For the moment may I suggest not manually setting up redirects from all of your blog paths. There are two paths for now:
    1. Wait for the migration tool and see if it suits your needs.
    2. Migrate the sites today, and use the Missing Files Host directed at your existing FTP host.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks,
    Noah

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  62. Decided I had enough. Zero answers, zero support. Very disappointed so I moved to WordPress.

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  63. When blogger closes down FTP, will the visitors are still to comment on my blog?

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  64. Alright this is terrible. I have NO idea how to do all this and my blog was pasted together through trial and error.

    I host my blog at www.habboi.co.uk/blog.html and users are redirected if they go to the index. Now if I use your service I have to basically change it so it redirects to something like blog.habboi.co.uk? Well that URL doesn't exist!?

    I love Blogger for the fact I can jump in and write something up and then hit upload to FTP without any worries but I am terrified that I'll lose loads of content.

    Why? WHY? Why can't you just keep the FTP uploader? What does it prevent? Is it in your way? All it does is uploads to my FTP? I don't get it?

    Explain to me why you're removing it? Because a low amount of people use it? Even so, does it require a team of people to monitor it or something? It's just some code that tells it to upload all the files to my FTP. WHY can't you just give me a button that does that? I don't even upload anything more than a picture and some text.

    Can you please just settle this. I was about to go to bed and it's so damn late now as I can't rest after reading my emails about this.

    Technically I could probably just edit the blog using HTML I think but it's going to ruin it and Blogger makes it easy with the editor so why are you doing this to me?

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  65. They're doing it because they obviously DONT CARE.

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  66. Alright out of curiousity I tried switching to Wordpress but it's just so damn confusing for someone like me. The part where I have to edit the PHP is filled with code that boggles me.

    I expect help from this disaster you've forced me into.

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  67. I will probably export my main blog to blogspot and then go the Custom Domain route from there. I could go to Word Press, but I like the community of Blogger. And although I'll have to start again from scratch, it's not as bad for me as it is for some.

    My question is... Where are things heading after this?

    From the various posts on this blog I now realize that I missed the storm clouds approaching FTP on the horizon. Could you give us an idea of where things are going?

    Will Blogger be continuing on with Custom Domains? Or is this something they'd like to phase out at some point in favor of the blogspot blogs? Are the blogspot blogs favored? How long do the Classic Templates have? It sounds you'd like to consolidate to the XML Layouts.

    The answers to these questions may help some people decide where to go with this move. Especially if they have a business that can't soon take another move.

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  68. my blog is hosted at blog.mywebsite.com... is it possible for me to just point blog.mysite.com to blogger's server, keeping the remainder of mywebsite.com (such as its art gallery and other subdomains) on its current commercial server? if the answer's "no" to pointing a subdomain to blogger, i'll have to reconsider using blogger and see if another blog system (such as wordpress) would be more fitting for my needs.

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  69. Or, is Google looking to back off from blog publishing a bit? I know they have interests in other types of publishing going forward. And I'm wondering if Blogger fits into their business model as much as it once did.

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  70. @Noah

    Thanks, I'm happy to wait for the tool, though I'm afraid you didn't answer my first question. Re-reading it, I realized that I didn't word it correctly that could see that I wanted clarification for the technical bit. No big deal, here's the question again, broken up for easy (I hope) clarifying answers:

    Please let me know if I understand this correctly, and maybe this can help others in the same situation... I create a cname on my DNS records for something like blog.mydomain.com and point that to the blogger servers that will now host my blog pages (while my A name and other cnames continue to point to my main hosting server). Is this right so far?

    From my own server I can update (in my case, at least) my .htaccess file to have a redirect for anyone typing in www.mydomain.com/blog to resolve as blog.mydomain.com, thus pointing them correctly to bloggers servers. Will this work?

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  71. I moved my blog to a blogspot.com blog, but 4 years of comments failed to migrate via the export/import .xml file.

    Not Happy!

    Mike M.

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  72. Another user who is terribly disappointed. Finally have everything working like it should, now this HUGE ordeal. By the way, BUZZ is lame.

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  73. @JC Carter

    Hi,
    Great clarifying questions and the answer is yes to both.

    You can keep your existing A name and other cnames pointing at your current/main hosting server. You will only create a new cname (i.e. blog.mydomain.com) pointing to the blogger servers.

    From your own server you can use .htaccess to redirect www.mydmoain.com/blog to blog.mydomain.com. We've done this working directly with users in the past. It is tricky, but if you are comfortable experimenting and reading the .htaccess docs on the web, go for it. You can always remove the .htaccess file if it doesn't work for you.

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  74. BUMMER.
    I want to keep using http://www.zoekeating.com/blog
    how will this work?

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  75. Hi

    I used blogger and ftp as as CMS for my website.

    I just moved one of my ftp blogs to a blogger domain - http://railway-history.blogspot.com/

    But now it has disappeared as its been marked as a "spam blog". Maybe as it has lots of links back to the website it was once a part of

    If you're forcing us to move in such a short period of time, problems like this don't help.

    I'd be grateful if you could look in to it

    Andrew

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  76. Hi,
    I have just moved hotsailsmaui.com/blog to blog.hotsailsmaui.com as mentioned, using 'A' domain registries. Everything works just fine except for one thing - our flash header.

    The Flash header exists on www.hotsailsmaui.com, and the blogger template fetches it from that url. However, no "internal" (i.e. www.hotsailsmaui.com-) links work, only external ones.
    The first thing to do was to swap the relative urls to absolute, but that didn't help. What I found was that all external links seem to work. Either it's that, or it's the fact that those have a target=_blank
    Maybe Flash doesn't allow for calling a flash from one CNAME and use it on another, within the same domain? Or is it the fact that the sub domains exist on different ip-addresses (www:dreamhost, blog:google)?

    I'd be very grateful if anyone here could come with hints/tricks on how to solve this.

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  77. I am using a co.cc domain. Can anyone tell me if there is any free service that allows me to make a co.cc subdomain, e.g. sub.domanin.co.cc, and point just that subdomain to blogger?

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  78. What really sucks is that when you export a blog, most of your comments do not export. I have one post with 280+ comments, and it only exports four. So there's no practical way to leave.

    Worse, my fear is if we convert to your service hosted there, we'll lose those too. It doesn't seem like you're making any effort to keep your bloggers happy. With 250,000 hits, 800 posts, and nearly as many comments I get some traffic. I am frustrated.

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  79. Any update from headquarters on this fiasco?

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  80. Hi,
    Two of you (on this thread) reported issues with comments not exporting properly. Please try again and let us know if it's working 100% for you now.

    Thanks,
    Noah

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  81. I hope the migration tool will cover Windows servers that do not support htaccess.

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  82. Hi, I have a blog with 25K JS-Kit (legacy Haloscan) comments! I have no idea how I will move the comments. I can export the comments in XML format. Is there a way to import XML comment file into blogger?

    Is there a way to export Blogger into WordPress with comments.

    This is disastrous move from Google. Now I know that Google can yank a carpet from under your feet with no warning. Beware!

    You at Google talk the talk about the "Open culture" but you don't walk the walk. Export of data is still confusing and complicated.

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  83. @Bill Prudehome

    Yes - the migration tool is not going to use htaccess. We specifically avoided it as our users have multiple server types and configurations. Advanced users can use htaccess or whatever other url-rewrite / redirect support their server has.

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  84. @Tzemach Atlas - please see the FAQ page about Blogger conversion. "Can I leave Blogger instead of going to Custom Domains?"

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  85. I run my blog at www.mydomain.com (at the top level, not in a folder). I have a few images for that blog in a folder at that domain but do not care if they do not display. Can I change my domain to be hosted by Blogger (a custom domain) not as a subdomain, but as www.mydomain.com and just let there be broken links to old images?

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  86. Hi Pauline,
    Yes - your case of moving your domain from www.mydomain.com directly to Blogger should work just fine.

    If you do want the old links to work you can use the missing files host pointed at your existing FTP host, by adding a CNAME like files.mydomain.com. Again, this is optional and up to you.

    Thanks,
    Noah

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  87. Thanks Noah, I will move it and will probably use the missing files host as you suggested.

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  88. Hi all - just noting that the FAQ is updated, addressing a number of recent questions raised on this and other posts.

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  89. I made the changes today - changed CNAME for www, set up CNAME for files subdomain, change publishing settings in Blogger. BUT Blogger documentation says to add 4 new A NAME records - I did this, but do I delete the original A NAME record? I host on GoDaddy. Thanks!

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  90. @Pauline Yes, you should remove the prior A Name that points to IPs other than Google's.

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  91. Thanks Rick. I did that now. The blog has moved over - I did a new post after changing from FTP to Custom Domains - BUT my images do not show. I set up the Missing Files Host to point to a subdomain of the original site and created that subdomain on GoDaddy and created a CNAME record for it.

    The blog is at http://www.artnbarb.com (I am doing this for a friend's blog). Here is a post where the old images do not show (and the link for them is the original www.artnbarb.com link, not files.artnbarb.com) http://www.artnbarb.com/2010/02/world-nutella-day-february-5.html

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  92. @Pauline Where are you pointing the CNAME for files.artnbarb.com? It looks like that's resolving to Google - it should resolve to the IP address that www.artnbarb.com used to point to. Right now you have the missing files host pointing to files.artnbarb.com, which appears to be pointing to Google... and we don't host those files. You need to point that to GoDaddy (which is where I think you originally hosted this domain) and then you'll be all set.

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  93. Obviously the problem is that I don't understand DNS. I am making the changes on GoDaddy. When I created the "files" subdomain, an ARecord was created with the IP address of the GoDaddy hosting. (I created the other ARecords as in the instructions from Blogger.) Then I created a CNAME record for Host "files" but I don't know what to put for "Points To Host Name". I can't enter an IP address there. What information does the CNAME record need? Do I need a CNAME record for the subdomain?

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  94. @rick
    @noah

    Guys, just a small suggestion. Can't you just put the old infrastructure in a corner of the google building and let it do its thing, everything is working just fine, I think most of us don't need any more enhancements, and I think most of us are happy to pay for this service.

    This would save us, and probably also you guys a lot headaches.

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  95. I got it working. The easy part was adding the ARecords and CNAME to point to Google/Blogger for the main blog (which is not at a subdomain).

    To keep the images on GoDaddy I created a subdomain, pointed it to "/" so it is at the top level of the domain, then created an ARecord pointing to the GoDaddy IP for the hosting. No CNAME record needed for the subdomain.

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  96. I have posted instructions for moving from Google Blogger to WordPress here.

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  97. Argh! Somehow I embedded the wrong URL. The correct URL is here.

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  98. Using the custom domain solution, is there any way to avoid having the preferredOpenIDProvider persistent cookie set until the comment form is actually opened? From looking at a number of blogs on either blogspot.com or "featured" blogs using custom domains at blogger.com, that cookie is being dropped on the home page of every blog I've checked.

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  99. Simple question.

    My blog is already directed to the a person blog link.
    IE: http://www.mikendo.com directed to http://www.mikendo.com/blogger/blog.html through some index.html forwarding code I found. So I don't care if it goes to mikendo.blogspot.com or not. It doesn't matter to me.

    HERE'S MY QUESTION: Is this the most simple way to migrate? Just to move over to .blogspot? I want the most simplest way and a way to preserve everything in tact. Link's, images, tags, etc.

    Just confirming, to keep all my links and images (also hosted on FTP) because of the canolie or whatever, correct?

    Thanks for your time.

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  100. @Filmbot - yes, using the migration tool to move to Blogspot is probably the technically simplest path forward.

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  101. Note: Comments are closed on this post. Please direct general questions to the FAQ page, and specific problems with the migration tool to the issue tracker. More details about support for the FTP migration are here.

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