Saturday, February 16, 2013

Posterious Going Dark on April 30, 2013

Posterious was one of the first blog hosts that made it super easy to post via e-mail, phone or desktop. It was before Tumblr and did all the things you'd want a blog host to do.

In 2012 Posterious was purchased by Twitter. It continued business as usual but nothing changed until the recent announcement that the blog host is stopping operations. If you have a video blog or any other kind of blog on the site you need to retrieve your content before April 30, 2013 or kiss it good bye.

This bring up a particular problem. Having a blog posted on a free public blog post can be a great thing. Except when it goes down which is what happened to WordPress blogs the other day. It has happened on Blogger, Tumblr and any other hosting company.

It can be the weather, outside cyber attacks or the load on the severs. It could be that you just don't have the cash or the visitors to justify the expense.

You never know. I am sure that a new Twitter specific blog or micro blog posting site will evolve but in the meantime, Posterous is heading for the sunset.

I bring this up because it might be time to look at paid options if you really cannot afford for your site to go down. Not emotionally or financially.

There are paid web hosting options that can simulate the ease of a blog posting experience like as an example.

This is as good a time as any to remind you to:

  • Back up your content so that you could restore it quickly at another web host if necessary.
  • Consider getting a domain name so that your visitors can find you no matter where you go.
  • Understand that much of the free Internet has a cost. Should your web host or service decide to call it quits, you could be in for a hurting.

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