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Blogger Not Supporting FTP to Own Site Hosting – Help Needed from Any Writers and Techie Folk Please

I hope there are a few techies, publishers, authors and fellow blog writers among our usual property readers who can help with this query..........


I publish the blog you are reading here on my own website, Lettingfocus.com

We do this by putting it initially on the Blogger “platform” and then “uploading” it via "FTP" (File Transfer Protocol) to our own site, LettingFocus, where it happily sits and educates all and sundry about the business of buy to let and residential property investment.


However, from May 2010, Blogger owner Google will no longer support this. (They say it takes up too much "engineering resoruces" but as you will see, I wonder if there is a more cynical reason.)


Instead, bloggers like me are told that from May 1, 2010 we will instead have to have our blogs hosted on one of Bloggers own custom domains. (They will allow us to migrate blogs and all blog posts to one of their own custom domains, for example: www.Blogger.com/ LettingFocus.)


Our concerns with this are threefold:


  1. First, we worry that we may lose copyright, control and ownership of the blog content to Blogger owner's Google. It is not clear to me who actually owns posts that are hosted anywhere else than on our own site. We do know that having them FTPd to and hosted on LettingFocus, we certainly own the posts and all copyright to them. It seems we could lose ownership / control with this move. And we know (as an author and occasional freelance writer) that Google "has form" in that it already sails pretty close to the wind when it comes to copyright and general rights of writers.
  2. Second, we worry that we may lose the value of the links to our existing blog posts. In other words, where other sites have linked to our LettingFocus blog posts, if we were to migrate to Blogger custom domains it is not clear what will happen to these existing links and indeed if they will still work at all.
  3. Third, if our blog were to disappear from our own site, we would have a quick word with our hosting company. They are a phone call away. Google has no phone number to call that I know of.


As a business person, author and writer, the Google / Blogger offer does not sound a good deal to me.

So, is it time to move to another platform/ provider that will still allow us to "FTP" and have posts on our own site?

Are the concerns I have overdone?

Can any techies out there share their view on the best alternative options for blog hosting at ones own site. (We prefer simple non technical alternatives please.)


Any help on these questions, would be much appreciated as there seems next to nothing on line about this. Authors, writers and business people are invited to comment.

Please email me at david@lettingfocus.com if you can shed light on this stuff.


Thanks for your help and apologies to our usual property reader for the intrusion in the usual property news and tips - which will be back soon.


MORE ABOUT LETTINGFOCUS AND WHAT WE DO

LettingFocus.com is the home of landlord information.

I’m David Lawrenson, a landlord and property investor myself for over 25 years and author of “Successful Property Letting” – the UK’s top selling commercially published property book for the last 3 years.

Services to Businesses and the Public Sector


Primarily I am a consultant to banks, local authorities, social housing providers and other organisations – helping them with their landlord facing or buy to let product strategies and services.

For example, I help banks improve their buy to let mortgage lending practices and I help housing association / local authorities find private landlords (private rented access schemes, local letting agency models etc.)

I also write for property websites and am regularly quoted by the broadcast media.



Services for Private Landlords


For private landlords and other investors in the private rented sector, we do just two
London seminars each year.

We also find some spare time to help landlords and property investors by coaching them in how to make money in the private rented sector using ways that work, which are ethical, fair to tenants and which involve minimal risk to the investor.

We pride ourselves on giving independent unbiased buy to let advice on either a one-to-one mentoring / coaching basis or through our occasional group seminars.

With no links to property firms, developers or bridging loan providers we can advise on where and what type of property to buy for investment and when to buy it.

We also show you how to manage tenants properly.

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