Over the past couple of weeks the following enhancements have been made to PixyBlog.
We have added a new import option for those who have existing blogs on Blogger (a.k.a. Blogspot). The import process is very easy:
Also, a very big welcome to Ruden Fretsbo who was our pilot for the Blogger import. Using the above process we were able to import hundreds of posts and comments from his Blogger blog going back over four years. He's got some awesome photos, so be sure to check-out his new photoblog: http://rudenfretsbo.com/
We've added a new export format, so you can export your PixyBlog using the standardized ATOM Protocol. This is an addition to our existing Moveable Type export format which we released last year. Simply choose your export format from the 'Blog > Export' page.
Our media server now offers backup versioning of all your Uploads, Watermarks and, most importantly, your Photos. This means that now if you change/edit any of your photos (or uploads) a backup is stored of the original. So in cases of error, you can revert to a backed-up version.- Pixy Team
A few new features are now available for all blogs at Pixy. Bloggers can now make backups of their photos, uploads, entries & comments using our new export feature. This combined with our existing import feature gives bloggers a standard way to move their data around the many different blogging platforms out there.
Using the Moveable Type Import Format bloggers can make a backup of their entries & comments to a text file which can be easily imported to a number of blogging platforms including MoveableType, Wordpress and Blogger. Also available through our export feature is the backing-up of photos, uploads and watermarks. These files can now all be downloaded as Zip files. These features are all available through the admin area; 'Blog > Import' and 'Blog > Export' pages.
It's now possible to make backups of almost all the content in your blog. Next-up will be the ability to back-up & restore blog themes.
- Pixy team
Another big PixyBlog welcome to Elaine Kelly and her photoblog Totally Like Me - Whatever. The most recent of our imports from the PixelPost software; Elaine brings an impressive portfolio of work and has already made a big impact in the PixyBlog rankings.
We were first contacted by Elaine on a Saturday afternoon and by Monday morning we had completely migrated her existing site, images, comments, pages and domain name from her hosted PixelPost photoblog to it's new home on PixyBlog.
We're extremely pleased to be attracting all these new photobloggers. We've started to get inquiries from photographers on other services wanting to migrate as well. We're working on more ways to get your photos on PixyBlog... but more on that in the new year.
Photographers using the now unsupported OneReaction photoblog software have an option to export their images, descriptions and comments to PixyBlog. Jacques Bron has written and in-depth article on how users of OneReaction can export their data in a format which PixyBlog can easily import. His own photoblog was exported using this same method, which we reported on earlier.
The article is well written and due to the attention to technical details, it could also be useful for others wanting to export their photos to PixyBlog; even if you're using different software. The article is over on Jacques blog, and has the rather techy title:
As always, if you're interested in moving your photos to PixyBlog and have any questions, just let us know.
Some of you may have noticed the presence of longtime photoblogger, John Washington on PixyBlog over the last few weeks. He appeared in the top-spot our Hall-of-Fame Photos and also made an impact on our Hot Photoblogs rankings. So it wouldn't have taken a genius to guess that he might well be in the process of migrating to PixyBlog. He is. He has.
So another big PixyBlog welcome to John Washington. Along with all the other migrations we've been working on lately, John is not only the latest but the largest. With over 600 photos going back to 2005, he has a huge portfolio of work, an established website and an army of readers/subscribers.
John has essentially been involved with PixyBlog since the beginning, and although he continued to blog on his PixelPost site for the past two years, it was always our intention that John be the first PixelPost import. That didn't quite happen, but it's great to finally have John as part of the community.
We migrated John's highly customized PixelPost site, which was a Frankenstein creation of two PixelPost instances running side-by-side. One instance powered his photoblog, while another was used to separate his projects from his photoblog. Over the years he had continually developed his own customized theme which also needed to be migrated.
It took us a few weeks, but finally at the weekend we managed to swap John's site over to use PixyBlog. We changed his domain name yesterday and now his site is live and currently number one in the days Hot Photoblogs.