Blogger: Pages in and FTP access out

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My blogging friend Brad brought the fact that Blogger had finally introduced static pages to my attention in his post Pages Finally Arrive To Blogger. When I had the time I checked out the announcement of Pages and the pages widget:

Pages have been a top requested feature, and they are now available on Blogger in Draft! The Pages widget lets you add links to your pages as tabs at the top of your blog, or as links in your blog’s sidebar. — Blogger in Draft

While is was there I also read this below:

Jan 20, 2010
Important Note to FTP Users – Last May, we discussed a number of challenges facing Blogger users who relied on FTP to publish their blogs. FTP remains a significant drain on our ability… 1 week ago. Known Issues for Blogger …

Two days later another announcement was made that they were terminating the ability to publish to a blog via FTP. The choices for affected bloggers is either have to use free hosting (blogspot.com) or point a custom domain to their servers, and that means all their blog contents must be on Blogger servers. —Deprecating FTP

… 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. …

Pages are in and FTP access is out

The feedback on the addition of the static pages feature has been positive. The feedback from  Chinese bloggers has been negative as this was their only means of getting around the fact that internet access has been blocked in their country.

What we see at wordpress.com and at wordpress.org is a steady stream of Blogger bloggers who are exporting their blogs out of Blogger and into wordpress.

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11 thoughts on “Blogger: Pages in and FTP access out

  1. Hello miss Tim , thank you for shareing , now i know i am using the right blog software. and thank you for your help to brighten up my blog today.

    paul

    1. Hi Paul,
      I see that you clicked my username and found my blog. I do hope you are happy at wordpress.com. You know where to find me and when I’m not here in this blog there are almost 400 posts to read – so get busy! Joking … lol :D

        1. I have blogs on several blogging platforms and each one has features that are different from the others. IMO wordpress software is superior but there is a learning curve involved and some prefer the simplicity of Blogger to the challenge of learning to use wordpress. The good thing is that we have choices we can make.

  2. Although, my blog is also on Blogger. I think wordpress is a better place for blogging but posting on Blogger looks easy.

    Timethief, Thanks for the info.
    Best Wishes!

    Ibn Hanif

  3. I think the only reason why they need to have FTP support is because of 3rd party programs.

    Other then that its useless, FTP access while great is useless since you can’t upload any files…just posts/images.

    1. I have heard from one blogger who used to post only some of his posts and images from his own server. He was unhappy because he didn’t want to place all his content on the Blogger servers but he hasn’t yet made up his mind as to whether or not he will get a wordpress.org install or capitulate and load them all onto Blogger servers.

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