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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Blogger Changes

Having just changed the look of my blog, I now find out that Blogger are going to end FTP support so I'll no longer be able to host my blog on my own site, which is a pain. I'm not keen on the changes so I think the best thing would be to change to a different system.

Does anyone have any experience with other blogging systems and which of them allows hosting on my site? Do they have systems in place that allow for the easy migration of my existing blog? Are they easily updated?

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.



Blogger Kenneth said...

Oh, that explains a lot. I just tried to follow step-by-step instructions from a chapter in a book published summer 2009 on how to self-host a blog with them. I wonder if I can return it on these grounds :)

From past experience I can say that Wordpress is VERY bad for spam comments. I have looked into Movable Type as well which seems nice, but I am taking the cowards way out by having a friend code a blog for me.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I bet the author's not happy with Blogger's decision, then.

I must admit that I quite liked the look of WordPress, but spam comments will be a pain. I haven't had a look at Movable Type yet.

You must have a good friend. :)

3:02 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I took a look at Movable Type and it seems a bit heavy. I couldn;t see anything about migrating my Blogger stuff, either.

Wordpress still might be the better option as I'll then be able to use Comicspress for my strips.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

I maintain a few blogs that run with Wordpress, and spam has never been an issue when using the Akismet-plugin so far.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Thanks for that info, Thomas.

I've just been informed by my hosting provider that they'll charge extra to use the database stuff required to run Wordpress and charge for each database I need.

Does anyone know if it's one database or multiple ones? For instance, if I ran my blog and my comic strips from WordPress/ComicsPress, is that multiple databases?

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

It's one database (you can even run several blogs on one database just by changing the prefix for the database-fields when you install the blog).

And if you don't want to hassle with installation you can host your blog on wordpress.com and redirect it to your domain just like you do with Blogger now, but that's a premium feature afaik, I'm not sure how much it costs.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I host my blog on my own site and use Blogger to update it, which is why there's a problem.

It's good to know there's only one database needed, though. Thanks.

8:05 PM  

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