Windows Live Spaces closing in 3 days

Sunday 13 March 2011, 12.01am HKT


You should know this by now: Windows Live Spaces is closing down in three days’ time.

If you have a blogsite there, you should get a move on and migrate it before 00.01 hours GMT 16th March.

When the clock strikes midnight on the 16th, it’s sayonara to your Windows Live Space for good. You will not be able to access or migrate your blog on (repeat: on, not after) the 16th.

This shouldn’t news to anyone. The Windows Live Spaces team have been sending out regular emails to Hotmail users about it since middle of last year.

Why is this happening?

As a blogging platform, Windows Live Spaces has always been mingy on blog functionality, spam control and general user-friendliness. Windows Live has also realigned itself to other things, which is why Microsoft is collaborating with WordPress.com and move all WLS blogs over to it. Check WordPress out.

WordPress is a safe bet: easy to use, many features without requiring technical skills, tagging, comment functionality, trackbacks, Akismet spam control — The Naked Listener’s Weblog uses WordPress, so should you. Be square and be here.

How to preserve your Windows Live Spaces content

1. Details at http://explore.live.com/windows-live-spaces-help-center.

2. Sign into your Windows Live Spaces blogsite.

3. Look for the closure/migration link somewhere on your blogsite — use it.

4. You have two options: EITHER automatic migration to WordPress.com OR download the blog contents (see below). Follow the instructions on the screen (they are not difficult). See notes below.

5. After migration, your space disappears immediately afterwards. If you chose to download, your spaces lives on until 16th March, the date when it closes and becomes inaccessible.

Choosing automatic migration to WordPress.com

The wisest choice for most users, I find. Cuts out the hassle of uploading and reformatting stuff somewhere else later on.

Important: Choose option to migrate as a private blog to WordPress.com. You can always make it back to ‘public’ later on. By doing this, you can fix things up before re-releasing your blog and share with friends.

It takes several hours to finish migration (usually between 2 to 6 hours), so don’t expect to see your new WordPress blog until the morning.

Note: Only published posts, comments and photos will be migrated.

Note: Draft posts won’t be migrated.

Note: Gadgetsguestbooklists and notes won’t be migrated.

Note: Photos not part of your blog but part of Windows Live will continue to live on SkyDrive and, if you choose, you can continue to share them with others. Photos that were part of your blog will be migrated. If you add any other modules provided by other services that shared your photos, those won’t be migrated.

Note: Profile and Contacts modules — that information stays on Windows Live. You can add your new blog to your Profile and share it with your friends.

If your target migration is as a private blog (recommended), your new WordPress blog will be private and invisible to everyone. Fix up what you need done and afterwards go to the Settings panel to release it.

Choosing to download blog contents

Choose this option if (all three):

  • you have 10–20 MB local hard drive space for the download
  • you have a blog set up already somewhere else, and
  • you can handle all the uploading and reformatting required there.

Depending on the size of your blog contents, it could take up to an hour to download your stuff. Make sure you have enough local disk space for the download beforehand.

Note: Only published posts, comments and photos will be downloaded.

Note: Draft posts won’t be downloaded.

Note: Gadgets, guestbook, lists and notes won’t be downloaded.

Note: Photos not part of your blog but part of Windows Live will continue to live on SkyDrive and, if you choose, you can continue to share them with others. If you add any other modules provided by other services that shared your photos, those won’t be downloaded.

Note: Profile and Contacts modules — that information stays on Windows Live. You can add your new blog to your Profile and share it with your friends.

What if you don’t like WordPress?

It doesn’t matter. Just migrate to WordPress first. Keep your stuff parked there as a ‘private’ blog that only you can access. Once you figured out what to do next, you can export your content from WordPress to someplace else. Exported WordPress content are better coded than Windows Live Spaces and will be easier for you to import into another blogging platform.

Cheers, all.

Image via Via Windows Live

© The Naked Listener, 2011.

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