Blogging platform Posterous’ abrupt end seems to have taken a lot of its loyal users by surprise. All blogs hosted on the platform will be shut down come April 30 when Posterous stops support to its website and mobile platforms. While you cannot get the company to change its mind, you can download your data from the site. Even better, a new service named JustMigrate will help you move your Posterous blog to Tumblr, just in time to say goodbye to Posterous.
The service was launched the very same day Posterous announced that it was calling quits. JustMigrate essentially requires you to type in the URL of your Posterous blog and authorise it with Tumblr to get the setup rolling. If you have multiple Tumblr blogs, the service will even let you select which blog you want to port your Posterous blog to.
Turn your Posterous blogs into Tumblr ones
Of course, the service isn’t completely free. JustMigrate will allow you to move a100 posts for free, but post that you need to shell out $10 for 250 and $25 for 500 posts. Tumblr’s API, though, allows only for 250 posts to be imported daily, so JustMigrate will queue your posts on Tumblr over a period of a few days if your Posterous folder is a bit heavy. There’s nothing to complain about since there are only a handful of services that will allow you this facility. Currently, JustMigrate says that it is running to its maximum capacity and will migrate blogs of registered users as soon as possible.
The other option to preserve your data, provided by Posterous itself, is to request a backup of your images and texts uploaded on the site. Here’s how you can do it:
- Go to http://posterous.com/#backup.
- Click to request a backup of your Space by clicking “Request Backup” next to your Space name.
- When your backup is ready, you'll receive an email.
- Return to http://posterous.com/#backup to download a .zip file.
Remember, you can only do this till April 30, following which this service to download all your Posterous Spaces including photos, videos and documents will not be available. “If you want to move your site to another service, WordPress and Squarespace offer importers that can move all of your content over to either service. Just remember: you need to back up your Spaces by April 30,” the blog post announcing Posterous’ imminent death by Founder and CEO Sachin Agarwal reads.
Co-founder Garry Tan too decided to come to the rescue of heartbroken Posterous users by starting a new service called Posthaven. Tan promised users signing up for the service that it will never shut down.
Tan spoke about this saying, “I’m teaming up with another cofounder of Posterous, Brett Gibson, and we are taking a pledge to keeping the URLs online forever. It’s $5 a month and will have all of the ease of use and power of Posterous. It’s just the two of us and we’re coding it in our bedrooms right now.”
The ambitious website description reads, “Websites come and go. This one is made to last forever. Our pledge to you… We'll never be acquired. We'll always keep your URL's online. We'll always keep it the best place to post.”
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