Google has spoken, and we must deal with it
To everyone who has called, sent text messages, and e-mailed me today freaking out about the impending shut down of Blogger's FTP service:
- This was Google's decision, not mine, and I am not happy about it either.
- Yes, I can keep your blog(s) working by moving it to a Blogger-hosted custom domain; however it is not a simple one-click process, and I cannot do it yet because Blogger hasn't finished creating their "migration tool" to redirect and preserve the page rank of your old blog pages.
- No, I will not perform this work for free. I have dozens of clients with integrated Blogger blogs, and the test conversions I performed took 2½ - 3½ hours. That does not include my research and planning the best practices for making the transition and seamless as possible. I will be charging a flat rate for the conversion, with discounts for clients with multiple blogs. I haven't set the price yet (I need to see a working copy of Blogger's Migration Tool first), but it should be in the $80-$120 range.
- Yes, a few of you may have to transfer your domain name and/or web hosting to another provider that allows user total control of DNS records and the creation of sub-domains. If your domain name and hosting are with GoDaddy or Moondog Web Hosting (and possibly others), this will NOT be necessary.
- No, you don't have to migrate to to a Blogger-hosted custom domain. I can (a.) remove the blog/news pages from your site completely or (b.) leave the old blog in place as an archive (you will no longer be able to update it).
- No, I do not think the threat of a class-action lawsuit against Blogger would make them change their minds, nor do I think such a suit has any merit.