This is really exciting! On Monday Microsoft has partnered with Automattic to bring WordPress.com to replace Windows Live Spaces blogging service. Spaces users should not worry about this transition, because there is a really easy migration service to allow all Spaces bloggers to bring all those great articles, comments, and images to WordPress.com; and start taking advantage of all the great features that WP has to offer like awesome themes, plugins and widgets. Regarding about your DNS, your old URL will be redirected to the new WordPress.com site preventing the loss of visits.
Why Microsoft is not updating Spaces with itself?
Well, according to Windows Live Solution Center [...]If there are services that are already leading edge, as long as their offering is aligned with what our customers have asked for, it makes more sense for us to partner to deliver great functionality faster and not replicate what’s already available[...]
And in the article from Inside Windows Live post by Dharmesh Mehta Director, Windows Live Product Management said:
“Providing a great blogging experience
As we looked at customers’ blogging needs and what different companies were providing, we were particularly interested in what WordPress.com is doing. They have a host of impressive capabilities – from a scalable platform and leading spam protection, to great personalization and customization. WordPress powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites, and WordPress.com is seen by over 250 million people every month. Not only that, Automattic is a company filled with great people focused on improving blogging experiences. So rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.”
Be aware that Windows Live Spaces will close its doors in 2011. So, this also means that if you are not ready to migrate right away, you can choose to download all your hard work (posts, comments and images) before Spaces closes, but you can always migrate later.
You may be asking yourself, when can I start migrating? The answer is right now! Just visit your blog Space and you’ll see a prompt to upgrade to WordPress.com. When Windows Live Essentials 2011 releases Windows Live Writer, it will also use WordPress.com.
If you are new to WordPress.com here are some great resource links:
- Upgrading from Windows Live Spaces – WordPress.com Support
- Upgrading from Windows Live Spaces > How to upgrade – WordPress.com Support
- Learn WordPress.com
[DDET Show FAQ's Moving Spaces to WordPress.com]
FAQ’s concerning moving your Spaces to WordPress.com
1- What will happen to my old blog posts?
We will move all your old blog posts for you. They will retain all their text and media content and will be listed in order just like they were on your Space.
2- Will my blog posts be in order by date and time?
Yes your blog posts will be arranged in order, just the way you published them.
3- What will happen to my draft blog posts?
Your draft blog posts will not move with you. Please publish or back them up before moving your content.
4- What will happen to comments? Will I know who the comments came from?
Yes your comments will move with you and we’ll also try to remove any spam. The comments with have date and time associated with them as well as the URL of the user who posted them.
5- What about my photos? Can I move my photos?
If you integrated your photos or any other media into your blog they will move right with your posts. However if you used the photos module, that will not move. You can always add links to specific albums to old blog posts without changing their published date and time. And your current albums won’t change their home – you’ll continue to be able to organize, edit and share them with your friends and family via Windows Live.
6- What will happen to my theme?
You will need to select a new one from the almost 100 WordPress.com offers.
7- What will happen to the various modules and gadgets I have?
Gadgets won’t be available to move. WordPress.com offers a Widgets Feature if you’d like to add any Widgets.
8- What will happen to my lists, guestbook and notes?
Sorry but we won’t be able to move those since most blogging services do not offer that functionality. We recommend for you to copy and paste it to a local document or email to keep.
9- How will visitors find my blog if I move it?
All your old URLs will redirect – so if visitors land on any of your old links – in profile, directly saved or from another page, they’ll be redirected to your new account.
10- Will all my old links continue to work – for my blog, for any individual articles and reference links within my blogs?
Yes, anyone landing on your old blog link or individual article links will be redirected to the right plan on your WordPress.com blog. If you referenced any other Spaces not belonging to you, that will depend on whether that blog is active and will be moved before March of 2011.
11- What if I have a private blog – will my blog now be public?
No, we’ll move your blog based on your old settings. During and after your move you will be able to change that option.
12- I have a private blog, will my friends need to do anything to view it?
For private blogs you have two options – you can either share it back to your Messenger Friends or you can invite individual friends to share with. In the latter case your friends will need to set up a WordPress.com account if they don’t already have one – should take less than a minute.
13- What will happen to my custom URL?
Your old custom URL will redirect your blog to your new location. You can choose to keep the name of your old blog on WordPress.com if it’s available.
14- Can I add a new blog to my existing WordPress.com account?
Yes. Just select the add a new blog option to your existing account during the move process.
15- Can I merge my blog posts with an existing WordPress.com blog?
Yes. Your posts will be merged according to date of publish. You can select a blog to add to when you move your blog.
16- Can I move and download my blog?
Yes you can but you should download your blog first and then move it if you want a human readable form. Alternatively you could move it to WordPress.com and then export an XML version of your blog.