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Monday, January 21, 2013

What To Do Before Posterous Shuts Down - And How To Do It

Last March the popular blogging service Posterous Spaces was bought by Twitter. Since then it has intermittent outages (including once just before I was going to use it in a workshop), issues with its SSL certificate, and now according to TechCrunch it appears that Posterous Space is not accepting new registrations. All of this indicates to me that Twitter doesn't seem to be too interested in keeping Posterous Spaces running for much longer. For that reason I am no longer recommending Posterous Spaces as a good place for teachers and students to blog.

If, like me, you're worried about Posterous Spaces shutting down you can create a backup of your the content of your Posterous blogs to use in another blogging platform like Blogger, Edublogs, or WordPress. The backup files include your post content (except for the images in my test of it), the CSS file, and the WordPress XML file associated with your blog. I've included screenshots of the process below. Lifehacker also has written directions for moving content from Posterous to WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr.

Step 1: Sign into your Posterous Spaces account and select "backup."
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Step 2: Select the blog(s) that you want to backup.
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Step 3: Enter captcha code and your email address to be notified when your backup is ready.
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Step 4: Download zip file containing the contents of your blog.
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