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Update 9/10: Here’s additional commentary from the inventor of RSS, Dave Winer. Also, check out MailChimp’s comprehensive assessment of the situation, and the case for a transfer to MailChimp to mitigate the newsletter side of things.
But what if they are shutting down Feedburner? This is something you should think about. Google people give me grief when ever I mention that it might not be the best idea for people to centralize their feeds this way. And they’re entitled to their point of view, but I’m pretty sure I’m right about this one. It wasn’t a very good idea. The fact that Google is pulling back from the service, and that is unquestionable, is evidence of that.
What can you do, and what can Google do to make a transition easier?
1. Google can use the redirection facilities built into the web to send traffic to the Feedburner version of your feed back to its original location. That way people can keep publishing their feed contents and the subscribers will continue to receive updates. It’s crucial that the connection between publishers and subscribers be preserved.
2. You can use the facility that Google provides to map a CNAME to your feed, so that if Google shuts down Feedburner, you can point that name at your main server, and your feed could continue to be accessed even if Google does not provide a redirect.
Original Post: After conducting a bit of research for a client recently, one of our team members found that Feedburner will most likely cease to operate beginning October 20, 2012. That’s a little over 10 days away!
Needless to say, we anticipate that tons of bloggers have been kept out of the loop–even we had no idea. Prolific blogger Neville Hobson noted last month that the Feedburner API page for developers makes this shut down date and intent clear:
Important: The Google Feedburner APIs have been officially deprecated as of May 26, 2011 will be shut down on October 20, 2012.
Unfortunately, Google has done absolutely nothing to actively alert digital publishers that their readers will be completely in the dark starting October 20, and that not only will the feeds themselves be unreadable, but e-mail subscriptions completely shut off and lost as well.
While there has been some doubt expressed that everything will cease to operate altogether on October 20 and that the Feedburner service may just be integrated into other Google offerings, we’d rather not take any risks due to the murky nature in which Google’s handled this situation already. Absolutely no information has been provided by Google within the timeframe of this discovery last month and the resulting speculation, all the while October 20 is quickly approaching.
I’ve looked hard and can find no mention anywhere of this Feedburner API shut-down on any Google website other than the banner text on the website I mentioned earlier. There’s no mention of the closure at all, anywhere, in my account at Feedburner. And if I click the link on “Feedburner blog” in my account, I get the Google Adsense for Feeds blog – which itself closed down in July.
Needless to say, we consider this a very unprofessional way to shut down or phase out a service, but we’re ready to transition our clients smoothly and effectively through the following means:
1. Redirections of your old Feedburner URLs will need to be setup. Your old readers shouldn’t be bothered with the hastle in updating their feed URLs for your blog or publication. It’s crucial that you keep the connection between yourself and your subscribers intact, and a redirection will take care of that.
2. If you have any subscribers via e-mail (most Feedburner publishers do) it’s time to pick a new newsletter system. While Hobson details his transition to Feedblitz, we think there are a few better solutions, especially because Feedblitz essentially charges per e-mail subscriber. We’ve really enjoyed working with MailChimp, but have heard great things about Wysija as well and will be providing a review on this WordPress-exclusive newsletter system soon, but not in time for this transition. As a result, we’re full confident in MailChimp’s abilities during our clients’ transitions at this time.
Note sure if you’re running Feedburner and need to switch? Are you certain that you are and need our help asap? We’re blocking out special batches of time this week and next to move clients over quickly and seamlessly. Contact us asap to make sure we can fit you in, whether you’re a past or first-time client. We’ll take care of your redirection and entire transition to a new newsletter system, including importing your previous subscribers.
Blog What? Design, would like to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day and share with you some awesome links for free printable Valentine’s Day Cards…in case you forgot to get something for that special someone. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
3 Free Printable Valentine’s Day Card Websites
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SEO. It’s a term often thrown about very loosely by companies that make guarantees about astronomical boosts in your rankings for certain search terms that seem too good to be true.
And they are.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is a complex technique that encompasses a great number of disciplines, practices, and strategies. In fact, many parts of your website may contribute to your search engine optimization (or lack thereof), including the time it takes for pages to load, the way your posts are constructed, and the positioning of key words within your titles and content.
In this brand new series, Blog What? Design Inc. will identify various ways to ensure that your website makes its way towards the top of search engine results without you falling victim to the SEO gimmicks and fluff clogging up the Internet and general blogosphere these days. SEO may sound like an intimidating mythical beast you can’t quite figure out how to defeat, so here, we’ll explain some fairly clear formulas that will help you improve your website’s search engine placement and identify techniques that might hurt it.
Blog What? Design is very happy to announce its recent incorporation alongside the launch of a redesign and restructuring of the company including a major overhaul of our service specialties.
Offering great expertise in strategic digital solutions for individuals and small to midsized businesses, Blog What? Design Inc. provides a series of services that now expand deeply into a variety of more advanced technologies and specialized strategies. This expansion and increased specialization continues to reflect our firm belief that any company or individual interested in a digital presence as a major aspect of their overall strategy should have a dynamic, captivating, and content rich online home. Despite our expansion endeavors, our true passion continues to arise from providing fellow small businesses and independent bloggers with the services they need; it is where we began, and it is within these unique and refreshing parameters that we will continue to stay.
The fact of the matter is that Blog What? Design is ready for your project, no matter who you are or where you are currently located. Behind the scenes is an extraordinary team of designers, developers, and consultants, now available during our normal business hours (currently Monday through Friday, 10:30am-5pm EST) or via our emergency contact system 24/7. They’ll help you to refine your vision, establish your message, and create the interface that will best launch your organization into the new social web of today all while maintaining a close and individualized relationship with you all along the way.
Whether, you’re ready to take the plunge into the unknown, or if believe you have a plan ready to revitalize your digital presence and are in need of some assistance, Blog What? Design is here to make your ideas into an artistic, innovative, and successful reality. So, what will you publish today?
Woohoo for awesomely cool CSS websites! Blog What Design was featured today on CSS Mania. I submitted our company design a few weeks ago just hoping for a bit of luck. And voila! What a treat! We received a rating of ‘7’ and this very nice e-mail:
Site will be added to cssmania.com!
First nice “different” web we see this 2007!
Thank you to Kate and many others for helping to remove all of the typos from this website… because you know, I’m the tpyo queen.
But on to other things. This afternoon I added in GenocideCurriculum.org to the proftolio. It’s a personal project of mine. If you find history interesting, check it out here.
Well, it feels good to finally be out of all the shmancy fancy testing and going LIVE for the entire world (internet?) to see. Blog What Design is proud to offer you our service, and excited to finally join the vast group of blog design studios out there today. So what’s so great about us? Well, we plan to provide ALL of our clients with fresh and modern design in an extremely effective manner. You see, we’re a little bit obsessed with design over here at BWD: it’s a perfectionist thing. So when it comes down to YOU the client, we want to make sure everything is just right. We’ll hold your hand every step of the way if you’re new to the process, or run right beside you if you know exactly what you want. At Blog What Design, you’re the boss.
Could you believe that we already have a line up of customers? Here’s a few: Right now I’m working on Danielle’s new blog, A Little Lucky; we’re planning to have her blog launched later this month. Next up is Morgan’s project, a commercial web site for her new company After Eleven Apparel. Christian and I are both extremely excited to finish up and get to work on these new designs, and we’d love to take on yours. Currently, our schedule is a little tight, so be sure to get your requests in quickly once our project order form becomes available. We’re anticipating it to be launched within the week. If you’re project is extremely pressing, stop over at our Contact Page to submit your project specs.
Thank you to all of our past and current customers! We really appreciate all of your support in making this new company a reality!
Expect to see big things happening soon –
The BWD Creative Team
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