Blogger Kills FTP Support

Filed as News on January 24, 2010 1:56 pm

Beginning March 26, 2010, Blogger will no longer support FTP publishing. This means that if you are one of the .5% of Blogger users utilizing an FTP service to publish a blog to your own domain, things are a-changin’.

Citing a drain on their “engineering resources,” the Google-owned platform has made the decision in order to concentrate on new features and improvements in 2010.

According to Blogger Buzz, the official Blogger blog (say that fast three times!), FTP users will not be left flailing in the dark. A migration tool that allows users to shift to a Blogger-managed URL (can be a custom domain or Blogspot URL) will be made available on February 22.

While some users might not be happy about the change, Blogger has been soliciting opinions and advice from their base for quite some time via Twitter.

Are you a Blogger FTP user? If so, please voice your opinion in the comments section below.

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  1. By yytxlw posted on January 29, 2010 at 7:45 am
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  2. By Peter Handley posted on January 29, 2010 at 11:20 am
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    Whilst my own blog is running an FTP based blogger website, I was planning on switching to WordPress anyway.

    The biggest problems for people that this will cause come from sites that have Blogger setup as /blog/ on a sub directory of their website. In a couple of months, these blogs will no longer be able to publish to this, and will instead have to look at either switching to a sub-domain and implementing appropriate redirects, or look at another platform.

    As someone who has set this up for a number of friends and clients, this is going to be problematic, especially if you consider the hundreds of posts involved and potentially having to move these to another platform.

    I know of hundreds of sites that use Blogger for this method, and they are all just going to be left in the wilderness as a result of this!

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  3. By P.weblog posted on January 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm
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    A lot of these bloggers will choose wordpress CMS to manage their blogs.

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  4. By Nitesh Patel @techmadly posted on February 1, 2010 at 3:10 am
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    today less than 0.5% people use ftp for blog publishing .may be it does not matter a lot.

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  5. By tallli posted on February 1, 2010 at 7:23 am
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  6. By scnnr posted on February 2, 2010 at 2:27 am
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    This sucks. It would have been more appropriate to email their service users.

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  7. By Necronomic Forecast posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:04 am
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    This is a huge pain and I can’t believe than I’ve only just heard about it. I run three blogs on Blogger and I’m moving them all to WordPress.

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  8. By Daniel Moth posted on February 3, 2010 at 11:42 pm
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    Nightmare! I publish to a sub-directory so Google has no solution for me other than to migrate my content elsehwere.

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  9. By backstreeter posted on February 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm
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    I have started looking at WordPress since the announcement, and will use that instead, but keep the blogger generated html files as an archive – since they go back 4 years now.

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  10. By Joe Kah posted on February 11, 2010 at 2:15 am
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    Oppenheimer & Co analyst Timothy Horan said he suspected building out the trial broadband network would cost Google about $1,000 to $2,000 per subscriber if it bought unused fiber lines already underneath many cities.

    $5,000,000,000 for broadband and NOT A PENNY for BLOGGER FTP!!

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  11. By erik jagger posted on February 11, 2010 at 5:31 am
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    i have been dragging my feet about moving my blog to WordPress. this forces my hand. but it’s a huge pain. i’ve been unhappy with blogger for a while now. i feel like they haven’t done anything useful with the service in a long time, and a the few useful improvements have been only for blogspot hosted accounts. i’m very, very unhappy with blogger and google for doing this.

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  12. By Mariana posted on July 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm
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    We’ve just started with our blog, and it’s still hostedat Blogspot.com. I was not aware of this issues. It’s good to know them before tring to migrate the blog to our own domain. :)

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