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
We've had a great year here at Pixy. We released our blogging service in April of this year, and we were delighted with all those photographers who stayed-on from a beta-tester through to our paid service.
With our move to Amazon hosting we were able to offer unlimited photos and bandwidth for all our users.
With the release of our PixelPost exporter, we've enjoyed a flurry of established photobloggers moving their sites, images & comments to PixyBlog, strengthening our community.
Our customization forum has been buzzing with discussions and there are some awesome looking sites which have been developed... giving us plenty of ideas for the next round of theme updates.
As for the next year... it looks to be even better. A few hints have been given away already about some of the upcoming features, but there are others which will be a complete surprise.
So many thanks, seasons greetings and best wishes to all those involved. Our excellent staff who work relentlessly to keep on-top of everything. Our photographers whose keen eyes and dedication to their work provide the aesthetic heart of our community. And finally to all our visitors who interact through comments, votes and discussions to help make this the vibrant and happening place it is.
See you all in the New Year!
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.
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.
A big PixyBlog welcome to Jacques Bron.
After reading about our PixelPost to PixyBlog import feature, Jacques contacted us about his existing photoblog which was running on software that is no-longer supported by the developers, and he expressed interest in migrating his site, photos, descriptions and comments to PixyBlog.
Being a part-time software developer, we supplied Jacques with some sample data in the format we need to import to PixyBlog (a simple XML document), and one week later we get an email with the data in the exact format we require. Today we ran the import without any problems, and now Jacques is the newest member of our community with a back catalog of over 500 photos going back more than 2 years. Check-out his photoblog, and welcome him to PixyBlog.
It's great to know our import isn't just for PixelPost, but can be easily adapted to other photoblog platforms.
Anyone else out-there who wants to migrate to us?