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, 2010Important 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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