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FTP Publishing - January 2010 #2

All good things come to and end, and FTP Publishing is subject to this rule. Back in June 2008, I suggested that the option to publish Blogger blogs to non Google servers would not be available forever.
FTP publishing has a limited life span. From an economic and support viewpoint, it makes more sense for Blogger to concentrate its attention on Custom Domain publishing.


The future, for Blogger publishing, has arrived. From Blogger Buzz: Important Note to FTP Users we see:
In evaluating the investment needed to continue supporting FTP, we have decided that we could not justify diverting further engineering resources away from building new features for all users.

For that reason, we are announcing today that we will no longer support FTP publishing in Blogger after March 26, 2010.

Blogger will try to ease the pain, somewhat.
  • A migration tool will be available February 22, to automate the migration process.
  • A dedicated blog will discuss what's happening.
  • Blogger team members will make themselves available.


So, it's time for you to prepare to move forward, to alternatives that let you use new and shiny layouts Blogger.

Welcome to the future.

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Comments

Vraeden said…
Or its time to move off Blogger entirely. That will the first thing I try. It's not about using FTP as it is about control of the files.
Chuck said…
I'm sure that some folks will decide to move. Others may setup a static website, and keep a Blogger blog, published to the website domain.

Either alternative will probably be a win-win for everybody.

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